You don't have to be a tree hugger to enjoy the outdoors but if you love nature, it's a great foundation for getting your associate degree in environmental studies. Environmental studies basically focus on the impact humans have on the Earth. Classes in conservation, chemistry and soil analysis will be part of the curriculum. With so much current emphasis on recycling, global warming, waste management and ecology, there are many opportunities available for those willing to obtain an environmental degree.
One of the most important lessons you will learn as an environmental studies student, is the United States Environmental Policy Act called NEPA. Enacted on January 1, 1970, NEPA is concerned with the harmony between man and nature. In other words, what will the impact of a highway, a railroad, a building, even a park be on the indigenous plants and animals of the state and county? Can you imagine all the opportunities?
When a project begins, maps need to be drawn, soil samples need cataloging, water quality needs monitoring and bacteria testing. Several reports need in-depth analysis regarding local clean air initiatives, flood control, riparian rights and wildlife protection. This is why you might want to study English composition as well, so you can properly defend the nature you love so much. Writing and proper grammar will assist the government agencies looking at all the reports generated in analyzing a project. You will be offering solutions and making a difference. The impact assessment includes not only short-term factors but also the long-term factors that make a difference to our children's children. After every aspect has been carefully studied and assessed, the project manager will file the permits so the project can begin.
Our population is growing fast and the world is constantly changing. If you enjoy statistical testing, critical thinking and get a kick out of solving problems, then you will likely make a wonderful candidate for an associate degree in environmental studies.
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