Study Environmental Management, Change the Planet

At Western State Colorado University, you can receive a world-class education in several fields related to environmental science.

Study Environmental Management, Change the Planet

By Barry Eitel

At a conference in Bolivia in October 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon impelled the world to come up with solutions to climate change.

“Climate change and the defense of life on Earth are at the top of the international agenda this year,” he said, adding that “caring for Mother Earth is a moral issue. We must change how we use Mother Earth's resources, and live in a manner that is sustainable.”  

As the country and the world push for greater environmental conservation, it isn’t often clear what the individual American can do besides recycling or conserving water – most likely, your house isn’t pumping tons of pollutants into the atmosphere or leaking toxic chemicals into the water supply.

At Western State Colorado University, you can receive a world-class education in several fields related to environmental science. Over the four years at Western, students complete their studies surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, one of the most beautiful and important ecosystems on the planet.

Western’s natural and environmental sciences department offers majors in anthropology, biology, cell biology/pre-medicine, chemistry, geology and physics. As a biology major, you can select an emphasis in environmental biology and ecology, pre-allied health or wildlife biology. Chemistry majors can choose an emphasis in biochemistry, and the geology program offers an emphasis in petroleum geology.

Study Environmental Management, Help save the world!
Students graduating into fields related to the energy industry have excellent job prospects and many chances to help the Earth. In recent years, a hiring boom has brought massive amounts of career opportunities at all levels in the geoscience realm, which has resulted in a 10 percent to 20 percent rise in salaries for professional geologists with less than two years' experience. Studies from the American Geological Institute also find that only 15 percent of geology students opt to seek a career in a related field, meaning there are many more positions than graduates.

Not only do alumni find work, but they’re having a massive impact on the future of sustainable energy.

Eric Loewen graduated from Western in 1983 with degrees in mathematics and chemistry and now works for GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Because of Loewen’s work developing a new type of nuclear reactor, Esquire magazine ranked him among its “Best and Brightest” list in both 2005 and 2009. His work with nuclear energy could “save the world,” according to the magazine.

Students in Western’s natural and environmental sciences department not only become nuclear scientists, but also move into fields including journalism, nursing and wildlife management.

In Western’s mountainous backyard, undergraduates receive a hands-on education. Biology majors, for example, can join local wildlife management groups in trapping and counting endangered bighorn sheep or assisting with the annual kokanee salmon spawn.

“Droughts. Fires. Floods. Landslides. Glaciers melting. Oceans turning to acid. Mother Earth is giving us a warning. We must listen,” UN Secretary-General Ban proclaimed to citizens around the planet in Bolivia. “And we must act.”

By studying environmental management, you can change the world. And the world needs your help like never before.

Take the first step and click here to learn more about studying environmental management and sustainability.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 5:00pm