The KU Environmental Studies Program provides a rigorous interdisciplinary education and stimulates exchange concerning the environment from natural science, social science, and humanities perspectives.
This interdisciplinary major gives students a fundamental knowledge of the human environment, the dimensions of human impact on the environment, and holistic approaches to solving problems resulting from this impact. The human environment includes all facets of human activity affecting the environment, such as philosophical and ethical issues, environmental resource use and misuse, population biology, and the chemistry of the atmosphere.
The goals of the program are:
- To provide a holistic view of the environment, one in which the synergistic nature of perturbation, natural and anthropogenic, can be understood and
- To provide the technical and evaluative skills for active participation in an environmental career.
The environmental is the central theme around which a liberal arts education is focused.