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Environmental Sciences and Studies

Why Study Environmental Sciences?

Overpopulation, increased frequency of natural hazards, and increased consumption of natural resources place great pressure on our environment. Human activities are irreversibility depleting and polluting our planet at an accelerated rate. A dedicated study of ES is needed and very important to understand the complexity of global environmental changes and strategies to reduce them.

At Spelman, the study of environmental science contain the same main components as the ones a student can find at top colleges in the USA, which are: geosciences, water resources, atmospheric science, climate change, and sustainability. In addition to this, students will receive a more experiential view of environmental problems through field trips, hands-on laboratory activities, internships and research (at Spelman, and abroad).

Our program has great wet lab facilities and advanced computational technology such as Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Python, Modflow, HEC-RAS, IDL, GEO-RAS, among several others, which will enhance their computational and technological competence, at the same time their exposure to real problems with substantial amount of quantitative information.  

Typical skills developed in our Environmental Program that students can place in their CV include: the competence in database management, surveying, the ability to gather, analyze and communicate complex data to others, numerical and modeling skills and, a broad understanding of local, national and global environmental issues.

While, at Spelman, we advise students to try to take advantage of all existing opportunities which include a wide range of local and national internships, and international research opportunities.