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Environmental and Field Biology
ENVIRONMENTAL and FIELD BIOLOGY MAJOR. Students studying in this area are pursuing careers with industrial firms, consulting firms and governmental agencies. Students liked the idea of an interdisciplinary program which draw concepts from several different fields. Environmental issues are found in all kinds of fields, from geology and biology to public policy and law, Ohio Northern University offers Environmental Studies major and minor programs.
But what exactly is Environmental and Field Biology Major? Connects key concepts from many disciplines in an environmental context, providing a framework for the study of ecosystems and human interaction with the Earth. Environmental challenges face every business, agency and institution - from the decision of whether to recycle junk mail at the smallest two-person office, to the decision of how to cost-effectively comply with complex environmental regulations in big industry. Part of the idea of majoring in Environmental Studies is to be better prepared for a wide array of challenges.
The environmental profession often requires cooperation and negotiation between very different groups with very different, sometimes conflicting interests (for example, between regulators, the regulated, and citizen watchdogs). It is important to be open-minded and willing to compromise. One valuable tool is to learn to see the other party's perspective, to understand why they are so adamant about a certain point, and to use that understanding to your advantage while solving the issue.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH AN ENVIRONMENTAL and FIELD BIOLOGY DEGREE?
Research is imperative. Go out and talk to people that have graduated and find out what they do. Your advisor or other instructors can be valuable resources. Start looking early, develop a winning resume, get some good references, and you'll be well on your way to a great job. You should also consider the job market in the area you want to live; are there jobs that you want? Is there anything you can do to tailor your experience to increase your chances of landing a good job?
Environmental issues are found in every kind of workplace. As awareness of these issues grows, the need for people with a blend of science and policy knowledge will also grow. Environmental and Field Biology graduates can expect to find careers as environmental planners, analysts and policy-makers. Of course, you can also work for a corporation, managing their compliance with environmental regulations and conducting audits of internal environmental efficiency (EE). "[W]e're seeing that employers are interested in hiring people who can understand multiple perspectives, who are able to bridge the gap that can exist between scientists and policy makers, and who bring a wide variety of problem solving skills to any situation.
If you have any questions at any time, please see your advisor, or Robert Verb, Meyer Hall, Room 168 at 419-772-2322 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.