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Science Minor


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Students in environmental science have a solid foundation in the sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) and incorporates a strong liberal arts education, stressing critical-thinking, problem-solving and communication.

Our world is facing an increasing array of environmental problems and concerns. These problems tend to be multidisciplinary in nature, often involving a combination of science, economics and politics. There is a growing need for trained professionals to deal with these problems. Benedictine tradition emphasizes a dedication to responsible stewardship of the Earth. The environmental science minor at Benedictine University strives to fulfill the University’s mission of preparing students for a lifetime as active, informed and responsible citizens and leaders in the world community

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Students in the Environmental Science program will have the opportunities to:

Have a solid, multi-disciplinary understanding of environmental problems and solutions.
Be able to integrate the many different aspects of environmental science and relate underlying scientific theory to how environmental considerations affect our everyday lives.
Have an understanding of the principles (natural science) and practice (for example – economics, politics, ethics, history) involved in environmental problems.
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Minor Requirements - Lisle

Capstone Project

Students in the environmental science minor can work on projects involving laboratory and field study that integrate the principle and practice of environmental issues. The experience culminates in written and oral presentation of the findings.

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