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Environmental Sciences, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon

Information for this profile was provided by Ruby A. Montoya-Ospina, Inter American University of Puerto Rico-Bayamon. Information is also available on the program website. Students in this program are pursuing a bachelors degree.

Program Design & Assessment

Overview

Students interested on working on environmental contamination or conservation of terrestrial and marine resources apply to this program. Sometimes counselors help students to clarify basic questions about differences among general biology and environmental sciences bachelors according to future interests.

Strengths of this program
Students have access to research labs including:

  1. Environmental management Modeling lab
  2. Renovable Energy Lab
  3. Insect Molecular Ecology lab
  4. Center for the Conservation of Manatees (Trichechus manatus) in Puerto Rico.
  5. Research Field Station "Mata de Platano" working on the ecology of the karstic moist forest.

Types of students served
This program serves Hispanic students

Program Goals

The goals of this program are as follows:
To prepare students to be professionals working on air, water and soil contamination & conservation and management of natural resources.

The learning goals were informed by the following resources:
Assessing needs of Puerto Rico's industry, government agencies and private environmental related companies.

How program goals are assessed
Graduation rate

Design features that allow goals to be met:
No

Alumni Careers

Graduation rate

Careers pursued by our alumni

Courses and Sequencing

Diagram of course sequencing and requirements

Entry into the degree
1. Biology (1 year, 6 credits)
2. General Chemistry (1 year, 8 credits)
3. Lab skills (1 credit)

In addition, there are 48 credits on General Education (English, Spanish, History)

Core Courses
Total 43 credits
1. Introduction to Environmental Sc.
2. Environmental Law and Policy
3. Air Quality
4. Natural Resources Conservation and Management
5. Waste Management
6. Health and Occupational Security on Environmental Protection
7. Land Use and GIS
8. Use, Conservation and Water quality
9. Microbiology
10. Ecology
11. Environmental Health
12. Introduction to Animal and Plants
13. Seminar
14. Internship in Environmental Sc.
15. Analytical chemistry

Elective courses and Requirements
Total: 3 credits

Any free elective

Capstone
total: 28 credits
1. Introduction to Environmental Sc.
2. Environmental Law and Policy
3. Air Quality
4. Natural Resources Conservation and Management
Waste Management
5. Health and Occupational Security on Environmental Protection
6. Land Use and GIS
7. Use, Conservation and Water quality
8. Seminar
9. Internship in Environmental Sc.

Supporting Science and Math Courses
Precalculus (5 credits)
Introduction to computer use (3 credits)
Biostatistics (3 credits)
Physics (1 year, 8 credits)

Other key features of this program:

This program offers a minor in Marine Biology with 18 extra credits.

Supporting Materials

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