Jason G. Freund
Kelly J. LaBlanc
Joseph J. Piatt
Assistant Professor of Environmental Science
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science
Assistant Professor of Biology
The Environmental Science program houses one academic major and two related minors: Earth Science and Geography & Environmental Studies.
The Environmental Science major provides students with a comprehensive background in the physical and life sciences as well as applications in the social and management dimensions of environmental issues that are central to the quality of human life on earth as well as to the conservation and protection of the planet’s natural resources.
Environmental Science as a career includes such professions as: water, soil, or air quality analyst, natural resource manager, environmental protection agent, environmental planner, soil scientist, hydrologist, park ranger, conservation warden, resource mapping specialist, government researcher, environmental educator and private environmental consultant.
The program manages the 65-acre Greene Scientific Field Station located in the Kettle Moraine region just west of Waukesha. This site features a pristine trout stream, several surface springs, and associated wetland vegetative communities. The site provides students with opportunities for outdoor laboratory and research activities, and also provides work experience for students interested in hands-on management of private resource conservancy sites.
Last, a student can earn a Master of Science in Environmental Science via a partnership with Alaska Pacific University (APU). Students who enroll at Carroll for three years and then transfer to APU for two years can earn both a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll University and a Master of Science degree from APU.
Objectives of the Environmental Science Major
To provide students with an integrated awareness and understanding of the biological, physical, chemical, and social components of the global natural resource base. Students should be able to apply this knowledge to the management of resources, the measurement of environmental quality, and the assessment of related societal impacts and implications. To provide students with an academic experience that facilitates advanced graduate study and career work in environmentally related fields.
Key Elements of the Major
Several required core courses that provide students not only with a broad introduction to the field of environmental science, but also with upper-level research or internship experiences in environmental analysis and assessment. Upon completion of the major students will:
• Recognize the interrelated biophysical components and processes (i.e., structure and function) of the natural environment.
• Understand how physical/chemical processes dynamically shape the earth’s surface and how such phenomena are distributed globally.
• Correlate a broad understanding of environmental science with a specific/correlative understanding of related scientific fields.
• Cultivate a set of personal values and attitudes concerning the environment, which will then prepare oneself to actively address environmental problems and participate in their solutions.
• Understand how human activities and physical systems affect one another, and how to assess the impacts and implications of these interrelationships.
• Apply appropriate scientific methods and techniques to the acquisition, analysis, and evaluation of environmental data.
• Analyze environmental variables in measurable (quantitative/objective) and perceptual (qualitative/subjective) ways using modern equipment and instrumentation.
• Acquire and analyze environmental samples and variables in outdoor settings using field equipment and instrumentation.
• Utilize computers for acquiring, organizing, analyzing, and displaying valid environmental information and research results.
• Demonstrate competency in written and oral communication by preparing effective written reports and oral presentations for peer and professional audiences.
• Work cooperatively and purposefully with others in research and problem-solving situations.
Specific courses that require use of equipment and disposable supplies are assigned a course fee.