Elon University offers both an A.B. and B.S. degree in Environmental Studies, blending scientific foundations with an appreciation of society’s needs and concerns. As we face the future, it becomes clear that environmental challenges are not isolated. The quality of our water, the integrity of our coasts, the health of our forests have shaped the world in which we live. The Earth’s capacity to provide is not without limits and is challenged by demands of our human population. Though the challenge is global, solutions must be found through local, national and international actions grounded in a renewed appreciation for the Earth. Elon University guides students to meet the challenges of today and to become creative and visionary stewards who will lead us to the Earth of tomorrow.
In Elon’s program, students take a balanced, interdisciplinary core of classes grounded in ecological understanding. The strength of the program is from the emphasis placed on considering the environment from many perspectives – for example, discussing water resources in science, social science and humanities classes. Students working toward the B.S. degree choose a concentration either in environmental science or society and the environment. The A.B. degree is designed to complement interests in traditional disciplines through minors or a second major, building an environmental focus.
The program culminates in a capstone senior seminar, in which students develop a community-based project. In recent seminars, students designed a river corridor protection plan. Students are also required to complete an internship and are encouraged to participate in independent research. Students are also eligible to apply for the Elon College Fellows Program.
Featuring Kevin Bell, GIS coordinator for the Information Management Services, Salt Lake City Corporation.
Sustainable agriculture supports local communities through production of safe, local and nutritious foods with few negative environmental impacts. It promotes economic development at many levels in the community, fostering connections between growers and consumers. This conference will feature speakers addressing the expansion of this home grown industry, opportunities for production, and ways to network for making food easily accessible to community consumers and economically successful as a business.
This Forum is for all members of our community, including Elon, other academic institutions, local government, local businesses, builders, developers, educators and citizens with a vision for a sustainable community.
The Department of Environmental Studies’ 2011 graduating class took on real projects related to the environment and sustainability during their fall 2010 senior seminar course. These projects involved detailed planning, analysis and implementation to achieve goals ranging from application of biosolids to conducting carbon audits.
Click on the links below to view the power point presentations associated with their projects.
Assistant Professor of Biology Jen Hamel co-authored a research presentation for the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology Conference in Tampa, FL.
In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of Biology Dave Gammon notes that a game theory commonly applied to animal behavior could offer insight into how to end government shutdowns. The column was published by The Times-News of Burlington and The Post & Courier of Charleston, S.C.
The lesson is featured in the January 2019 issue of the journal Science and Children and focuses on problem-based learning (PBL) in the elementary science classroom.
The asssistant professor of biology is a co-investigator on a project titled "The new buzz: AI-powered acoustic monitoring of insect communities to advance conservation of tropical rainforests," being funded by the National Geographic Society (NGS) and Microsoft.
The students join a global community of Fellows charged with increasing campus engagement with innovation, entrepreneurship, design thinking and creativity.