Monday, May 30, 2016

The Significance of Environmental Science Courses to Students of all Ages

The need for experts in the field of environmental science is at an all-time high. With climate change and other pressing environmental concerns hounding humanity, more practitioners are required to conduct research and development efforts for sustainability projects and climate change mitigation. Universities must develop their existing environmental science programs in order to elevate the level of learning in this field.

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Environmental studies must be taught not just in institutions of higher learning but also in primary school, middle school, and high school. Though the subject will not be the main focus in science courses, there must be ample time given to teach the basics as deemed appropriate for the students’ ages.

Studying about the environment also provides the opportunities for students to appreciate nature. Once they have spent a significant time learning about their environment and being in contact with it, they can be inspired to be involved in its preservation. Environmental science also intersects with other fields such as biology, medicine, and even chemistry. As institutions are moving towards a multidisciplinary approach, it is important to exhibit the ties in the different fields of study. Learning in different fields must all contribute to improving the quality of life of humanity.

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Dr. Russ Lea is an R&D advocate and a consultant for higher education, environmental issues, innovation, and entrepreneurship. He was part of the North Carolina Research Campus, the Coastal Studies Institute, the University of South Alabama’s Tech Park, and the South East Coastal Ocean Observing System. To know more about his recent projects, visit his website.

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