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Welcome Message

Chair Message

Thank you for your interest in the environmental science/studies program. Our students find this an extraordinarily relevant discipline as we confront climate change, deteriorating environmental quality, and sustainability issues in this country and around the globe. For those of you interested in making a difference, this is the program for you.

As a geologist and environmental scientist, I am part of this exciting world and look forward to answering any questions you may have.


Paul Baldauf, Ph.D., P.G.
Associate Professor
College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

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Response to a National Need

In 1994, the Commission Supporting Education about the Environment recognized the need for new environmental science programs. The Commission's goal was to broaden the standard conception of education to include sustainable development. Because of such support, the teaching of environmental science is now commonplace within middle and high schools.

Despite awareness about environmental concerns, there remains an alarming state of ignorance about everyday issues. A recent survey of American adults by the National Environmental Education and Training Foundation showed that only one in three adults knew that most of the electricity in the United States is produced by burning coal, natural gas, and oil.

This probably explains why lawmakers find it difficult to engage the general public in solutions to global warming and maintaining air quality. Similarly, three out of four adults do not know that the leading cause of water pollution is water running off farmland, parking lots, city streets, and lawns. Although there are misconceptions about environmental issues, the vast majority of Americans favor environmental education. Concern about the environment is reflected in the interests of students. There is a need to provide students with the opportunity to further develop this subject at the tertiary education level. The program at the College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography is a response to this need.