Environmental Academic Programs

  • Undergraduate and graduate levels offered by the Department of Biology is designed to prepare students for careers or graduate programs in organismal biology, environmental studies, or related disciplines (e.g. forest ecology, wildlife biology). To accommodate the special interests of students within the larger field of ecology and environmental biology, specific laboratory and field-based courses are completed within one of four concentrations including: basic science; Geography and Landscape Ecology; Sustainable Development and Business.
  • Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Program offers a unique, interdisciplinary opportunity. Through this program students explore concepts from social and natural sciences, as well as the humanities. We blur the boundaries between theory and practice as students pursue their BS or BA degree while discovering how sustainable development is being applied. This approach to learning strengthens the overall educational experience and provides students with the multiple skills and values required for real world leadership.
  • Environmental Sciences - Appalachian offers a broad based interdisciplinary undergraduate degree in Environmental Sciences through the College of Arts and Sciences with coursework in Geology, Geography and Planning, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Students examine processes, embedded in the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and atmosphere.
  • Appropriate Technology, and Building Science within the Department of Technology offer both undergraduate and graduate programs in appropriate technology and building science. These interdisciplinary programs offer students a program of study in areas related to energy systems, community and shelter design, technology assessment and waste wand water management. Building Science students will also find research projects that are associated with the environment, energy and economics.
  • Recreation Management (Agri-tourism – "Leave no trace" research) - The Recreation Management Program prepares students to manage natural and cultural recreation resources that enhance individual and group leisure experience. Through coursework and service activities, students gain understanding of the history, philosophies and theories of recreation and leisure. They develop knowledge and skills necessary to manage recreation programs, facilities and services in a variety of settings. Students also have the opportunity to develop specialized knowledge in the area of commercial recreation and tourism management, recreation and park management or outdoor experiential education.
  • Chemistry - Programs of study include a Bachelor of Arts (certified by the American Chemical Society), a B.S. Chemist Concentration, and an Environmental Concentration.
  • Applied Physics or undergraduates and a Master's degree in Engineering Physics or a Professional Science Master's in Engineering Physics - Instrumentation and Automation.
  • Geography and Planning – The Department offers undergraduate and graduate studies in physical and human/ cultural Geography and Geographic Information Systems and Community and Regional Planning.
  • Undergraduate Academy of Science (STEP) Program - Incoming freshmen and sophomore, or incoming transfer students who are intending to obtain a degree in science or mathematics may apply to this National Science Foundation scholarship program. Students are engaged in research projects with advice and support from faculty from Computer Science, Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences or other Natural science departments. Students may receive a scholarship for up to four years under this program.
  • Center for Appalachian Studies - The Center offers a Masters of Arts degree in Appalachian Studies with concentrations in: Culture, Appalachian Music, and Sustainable Development. A Bachelor's degree and undergraduate minors in Appalachian Studies as well as Appalachian Music are also offered by the Center. Faculty from the Center represent ten academic departments on the Appalachian campus and also provide the Appalachian Cultural Museum, the Appalachian Journal, and the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection in the University Library.
  • BA in Economics: Environmental Policy and Management - The Department of Economics in the Walker College of Business offers an undergraduate major in environmental policy and management. The program of study includes a minor requirement where the student selects a minor from Chemistry, Geology, Physics, Geography, Anthropology, Appropriate Technology, Sustainable Development and other areas with the permission of the Department. The minor may range from 12 to 20 hours.
  • BS in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology and the BS with a concentration in Quantitative Geoscience. The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology with a concentration in Environmental Geology will provide a background for students who seek a career or graduate work in which they apply geological principles to the solution of environmental problems. Students in this degree track will study current earth processes and use analytical techniques that are applicable to measuring active systems, such as ground and surface water flow and chemistry. Student research opportunities include: Hydrology and Chemistry of Boone Creek; Land-Atmosphere interactions in forests; Transport of solids after waste releases in rivers; and Landslide assessment.
  • BS degree in Fermentation Science. The program is an inter-disciplinary degree initiative intended to provide students with a strong background in chemistry and biology and a considerable focus in business, marketing and entrepreneurial principles. the goal is to prepare students to be extremely competitive in the fields of wine and beer production as well as other areas ofood science and technology, bio-processing, chemistry, biology (microbiology and plant biology), and business development, marketing and entrepreneurship.