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EnvironmentalPrograms.Net interviews Dr. Anthony Maranto




PROGRAMS OF STUDY
Environmental Studies
Applied Ecopsychology
Graduate Certificate Applied Environmental Science

Welcome to the Center for Ecological and Environmental Studies

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administration of Akamai University, I would like to welcome you to the Center for Ecological and Environmental Studies. Over the last three decades, the study of environmental issues has grown from a narrow niche in the field of biology, to an overarching and interdisciplinary arena of investigation and application. The study of how humanity interacts with and impacts the natural environment touches every area of human endeavor, from science and technology, to economics and social structures.

Dr. Maranto monitoring environmental
clean-up activities in South Korea.
Human activities have arguably done more damage to the environment in the last 100 years of recorded history, then throughout all of the rest of our species' existence. Many of the technological and industrial processes that we rely so heavily upon are built on a framework that is fundamentally unsustainable. Issues related to climatic change, acid deposition, energy production, hazardous waste, population growth, and depletion of non-renewable natural resources has forced humanity to take a closer look at how we interact with our environment. It is for this reason that the demand for researchers, educators, engineers, and policy makers with a firm grounding in the theoretical and practical aspects of environmental studies has reached new heights. The application of sound and socially responsible science to the forward-looking aspects of societal development are perhaps more important today than they have ever been.

The various academic programs offered through the Center for Ecological and Environmental studies can prepare students for careers in environmental research, policy development, industrial compliance, environmental consulting, academics, and many other related areas. The courses of study offered through the Center are not only academically challenging, but also provide a sound framework for career development. I hope that you will join us in exploring opportunities to further your academic pursuits in a field which is both exciting and offers the opportunity devote your skills to the improvement of the human condition. If you would like to discuss any aspect of our programs, I invite you to contact me to discuss your questions.

Sincerely,

Anthony R. Maranto, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Ecological and Environmental Studies

Program Audience

Major decisions and actions affecting human and natural environments required professionals who can understand environmental problems in depth, who have the leadership and technical expertise to explore viable solutions, and who can plan and execute responsible actions. Career fields for which this program is appropriate include:

  • Environmental research and environmental management careers
  • Professional educators, planners, consultants and lobbyists
  • Specialists in sustainable resources and systems
  • Environmental regulation and policy analysis
  • High tech industries and manufacturing
  • Environmental or civil engineers
  • Air and water quality specialists
  • Park management and wildlife conservation
  • Natural disaster specialists
  • Environmental health careers
  • Sustainable agriculture and husbandry, and food production specialists
  • Life and physical scientists

It is assumed that students applying to this program will have a background in the physical or biological sciences and will be familiar with standard theories and practices associated with scientific investigation. It is also assumed that students seeking admissions to this program will have demonstrated professional experience and expertise in environmental studies with some professional or academic experience in either laboratory or field research or applied issues.

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ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES

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The study of life science is fundamental to the sustainability of the planet and its life giving systems. The goal of this department is to provide life and physical scientists with the professional tools, academic knowledge and wisdom necessary to provide leadership in the fields of health, education, and environmental science. Our programs will contribute to the growth and development of the fields of natural disaster recovery, park management and wildlife conservation, sustainable agriculture, husbandry, and food production specialists, environmental planners, consultants and a number of other essential fields.

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Program Offerings
The degree concentrations in Environmental and Life Science include:

  • Applied Environmental Science
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Geology
  • Environmental Health
  • Earth Science
  • Global Ecology
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Life Science
  • Natural History
  • Environmental Health
  • Conservation Theory
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Studies

The specific course requirements for these program offerings are designed by the student and primary mentor and are typically based on the degree concentration, the student's academic and professional goals, and the traditional academic expectations for the intended degree level.

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Department of Environmental Policy and Sustainability

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Introduction
Effective policy for environmental sustainability is essential to the maintenance of our planet and its life supporting systems. Through its policy and environmental actions, governments, local, national and global, must commit to integration of environmental and socially sustainable development. Sustainable policy should consider issues of environmental and energy planning, law and policy, environmental security, natural resource management, expansion, and population dynamics. The Department of Environmental Policy and Sustainability is committed to investigate these issue in a rigorous and detailed manner.

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Program Offerings
The degree concentrations in Environmental Policy and Sustainability include:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Management
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Environmental Planning
  • Environmental Law and Policy
  • Environmental Security Studies
  • Energy Policy and Analysis
  • Population Studies and Dynamics
  • Applied Environmental Policy
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
  • Interdisciplinary Environmental Policy Studies

The specific course requirements for these program offerings are designed by the student and primary mentor and are typically based on the degree concentration, the student's academic and professional goals, and the traditional academic expectations for the intended degree level.

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Department of Applied Environmental Technology

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Introduction
Environmental technology plays a major role in the sustainability of the environment, as well as its degradation. Technology provides tools for monitoring the health of the environment, in conservation and preservation of natural resources, wildlife management, and the disposal of wastes. It also play an essential role in development of renewable and alternative energy resources. The goal of the Department of Applied Environmental Technology is to prepare world-class professionals capable of providing leadership within this essential field toward the sustainability of the planet and the betterment of the human condition.

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Program Offerings
The degree concentrations in Applied Environmental Technology include:
  • Environmental Remediation Technology
  • Bioremediation
  • Emergency Planning and Recovery
  • Pollution Prevention
  • Renewable and Alternative Energy Technologies
  • Interdisciplinary Studies in Environmental Technology

The specific course requirements for these program offerings are designed by the student and primary mentor and are typically based on the degree concentration, the student's academic and professional goals, and the traditional academic expectations for the intended degree level.

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