The Mission of Drury University’s Environmental Programs is to produce Environmental Professionals who possess a deep understanding of ecological and environmental principles and can think analytically to test, model, and analyze modern notions of stewardship and sustainability. The goal is to provide students with the knowledge base necessary to understand the intricacies and multi-faceted matrix of today’s environmental challenges. Students will acquire practical skills needed to assess environmental problems and design and implement feasible solutions, gain insight with which to develop partnerships both in public and private sectors, and develop the ability to work well both within groups or individually. Intrinsic to this mission is the commitment to the strong liberal arts foundation characteristic of Drury, a commitment to interdisciplinary approaches, and a commitment to ecological foundations and principles, and their application to reconciling human existence with ecological integrity.
The Department of environmental programs offers three majors leading to a bachelor of arts degree: Environmental Science, Environmental Health Science and Protection, and Environmental Studies. Environmental Program courses are designed to provide a basis for understanding the scientific, economic, political, social and ethical dimensions of environmental issues.
The Environmental Science major is for students interested in a rigorous scientific perspective on environmental issues. The major is designed to promote breadth in physical, life, and chemical sciences and depth in an area of scientific concentration. Students in the Environmental Science major build a strong understanding of environmental and ecological processes, develop skills for studying, measuring, and assessing ecological interactions and the interactions between environmental processes and human behavior, and the ability to critically analyze and communicate scientific information. Students who earn the degree are prepared for; graduate school, local, state, or federal environmental consulting, environmental research in a university, institute, or other environmental agency, environmental careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and industry.
The Environmental Studies major is for students interested in the policy and application aspects of environmental issues (typically non-science majors). This major is designed to allow students to establish a core of environmental knowledge while allowing flexibility to pursue their personal and professional goals. Students who enter the job market with an Environmental Studies Major will be prepared to work in; City or county planning, environmental law, environmental consulting, environmental education, local, state, or federal agencies, non-governmental organizations
The Environmental Health major meets the growing demand for environmental health professionals in private and public organizations. These professionals evaluate environmental and public health issues, develop management programs and implement programs and projects to reduce or eliminate adverse impacts on the environment and public health. Through environmental health, individuals concerned about protecting the environment acquire the skills and resources to assess and control hazards that can damage the environment and public health. Environmental health professionals find careers in both private and public sectors. In the past, many private sector career opportunities were centered around environmental and safety compliance. Now with their emphasis on pollution prevention and resource management, these professionals are sought after to help businesses and organizations reduce waste, conserve resources and energy, and reduce operational costs. Degreed professionals can find opportunities in various organizations and business sectors including: local, state, and federal health department, agricultural agencies, local, state and federal environmental protection agencies, private health institutions (hospitals), manufacturing/industrial organizations, consulting firms.