Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education - By Aileen Stillman

I received a polite request... and now public here an interesting post about the world of "Degree on Science"!!!

by Aileen Stillman (http://www.bachelorsofscience.org. )
Picture found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwspacific/4945130263/
Those who study environmental education want to find out how the earth works. They study the systems and biospheres of the earth and find out how people affect them. As you can imagine, this is a very broad subject, so choosing which direction to go can be confusing for a student looking to get their degree in environmental education.

Program Description
As with most other degrees, the course requirements necessary to graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Education depend entirely upon the college or university you attend. However, there are a few general requirements you should expect from most of these programs. By the time you get your bachelor’s degree, you should be able to come up with learning programs that promote environmental literacy and encourage others to protect and improve the environment.
If you are the type of person who really wants to make a difference in the world and want to help others appreciate our environment, this may be the degree for you. During your time in school, you will study many environmental subjects and learn effective teaching methods, as well as observe environmental education programs and gain leadership skills. When you graduate, you will be able to work in various educational and recreational organizations, including schools, parks, nature centers, outdoor programs, zoos, aquariums, and museums.

Types of Degrees
There are many different kinds of degrees a student can pursue at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral level. Again, the requirements for each of these programs will depend on your school, but you will have to choose a focus in order to be successful in your future career. The following is a list of some of these degrees and a description of each.
·        a)  Science – The most common focus for environmental education majors is science. With this focus, you will most likely take courses in ecological studies and biology and learn how humans affect the environment.
·         b) Engineering – When you focus your studies on the engineering aspects of the environment, you will learn to create and engineer infrastructures, packaging, and products that are good for the environment. You may also have the opportunity to focus on wastewater management and air quality control. Most environmental engineers go through to get their masters and/or their doctorate degree in order to get the proper education necessary for this career.
·         c) Policy – With this degree, you can get the education necessary to work in the government and focus your efforts on the environmental issues in your public policy position. In your courses, you will gain an understanding of the economical, business, legal, ethical, and cultural issues that go along with issues in our environment.
·         d) Health Care – This degree is a lot less common than others, but if you do find a program that offers this focus, you will be able to learn how environmental factors affect our health.
·         Social Science – This perspective focusses on how environmental issues affect individuals, families, and cultures. This may be a part of a social science degree as well depending on the program.
·        e)  Business – Many businesses want to know how they can perform in a way that is better for the environment. In your courses, you will learn about different aspects of business as well as ways to improve the environment.

Aileen Stillman is the creator of 
bachelorsofscience.org, which is a site devoted to educating readers about their opportunities should they decide to get a Bachelor of Science degree. She enjoys writing articles about the environment and pursuing a science career.

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