The Environmental Science Program at FAU is an applied interdisciplinary field that focuses on human-caused problems, mostly in aquatic systems. As part of the FAU Harbor Branch Pillar for Ocean and Environmental Science research, the Environmental Science Program emphasizes interdisciplinary research that combines expertise across many FAU centers and colleges including FAU Harbor Branch, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science, the Center for Environmental Studies, SeaTech Institute for Ocean and Systems Engineering, and the College of Engineering and Computer Science.
In the ES Program, we focus on aquatic systems because this is where a great strength of our faculty lies and because of FAU’s proximity to the Everglades and coral reef ecosystems. Faculty in the ES Program reside in many participating colleges and departments, including Biological Sciences, Geosciences, Chemistry, Philosophy, Economics, Engineering, and Urban and Regional Planning.
In recognition of the breadth of the environmental science field, academic programs in Environmental Science at FAU are based on a broad curriculum that gives students the flexibility to select courses, in consultation with their advisor, that are optimum for their particular subdiscipline. This flexible approach allows students to master the specialized skills needed for competitive jobs and advanced graduate degree programs.