The Environmental Science Department is a multidisciplinary effort under the Geography Department. As the need to preserve the earth's natural resources becomes inevitable, both geography and environmental science are fields of critical demand.
As geographers, we approach the analysis of environments by emphasizing space, place, and the effects of landscape processes at local regional, and global levels. Although environmental science is fairly recent as an interdisciplinary field, it is a natural fit with geography, the original discipline of analysis for environmental problems.
Faculty members are involved in the campus Environmental Responsibility Council, programs for reforestation in Latin America, as well as the coursework offered under the ESS major/minor programs at Stetson University. The faculty is dedicated to active and experiential learning programs involving fieldwork, both in central Florida, and abroad.
* J. Anthony Abbott, Ph.D., University of Minnesota; carbon footprints and accounting, renewable energy systems and policy, sustainable agriculture, Latin American geography, political ecology.
* Bruce C. Bradford, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; cultural landscapes of the world, Russia's population and environment
Both geography and environmental science curricula take full advantage of Stetson University's unique location in Central Florida. The area immediately available to students and faculty in DeLand is noted for its natural beauty, mix of biodiverse landscapes, and unique freshwater systems. We are lucky that geographers and environmental science majors benefit from a mix of wet and dry ecosystems, a scientific and ecological crossroads of environments, useful for local and regional research. Nearly all of our majors conduct their research for their Senior Project locally.
There are two foundation courses in Environmental Science. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, course descriptions leading to a degree in Environmental Science are found by referencing individual departments such as American Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Environmental Science, Political Science, and Religious Studies.
Students participate in internships with public or private institutions to hone skills and apply experience.
Geographic information scientist, computer mapping, environmental consultant, teacher/professor, environmental law, impact assessment specialist, environmental engineering