Many companies, agencies and organizations today are employing environmental experts to help them respond to calls for better environmental stewardship. Oakton Community College is helping to meet this challenge by announcing the addition of an environmental studies concentration for fall 2016. It will prepare students for transfer into a variety of majors concerning the environment, such as sustainability; environmental philosophy, law, and policy; environmental art and literature; environmental engineering and chemistry; conservation biology and natural resource management; and environmental journalism.
Oakton Associate Professor of Biology Paul Gulezian, co-coordinator of the concentration, said, "There are numerous current issues affecting the environment such as food scarcity, pollution and climate change. It's important for students to understand and care about these topics and to be able to communicate about them effectively."
Professor of English Marian Staats, co-coordinator of the concentration, said having a humanities aspect to the program makes it unique.