Environmental & Resource Science
In the Environmental & Resource Science Department, we are committed to helping create a carbon-neutral, sustainable future where we do not consume resources any faster than they can be renewed. One of the ways we support this commitment is through our Environmental & Resource Science Major, a degree for students interested in making a positive change in the world while also learning skills necessary to help public and private organizations implement sound environmental practices. Ultimately, this program is dedicated to helping solve one of the greatest problems of our century: How can our culture thrive without harming the ability of later generations to do the same?
As an Environmental & Resource Sciences major, you will study the environment, the impact of industrialization and urbanization, and the ways we can utilize renewable energy. As you progress, you will learn the technical skills necessary for measuring changes in the environment and the critical skills necessary to analyze and develop environmental policies.
One important benefit of studying Environmental & Resource Sciences at NSC is the unique nature of the degree. Local experts and business leaders helped to design our program specifically for our college, with a special emphasis on the environmental issues facing Southern Nevada communities. This means that you will receive real-world experience, working on environmental problems that are unique to our area. For example, in the spring of 2008, Dr. Edwin Price led a class entitled “Is Las Vegas Sustainable?” Students in this class took several field trips to the Las Vegas Wash and participated in projects involving the water, air, and soil in the Las Vegas area. Rather than working in abstract terms or intangibles, our students have a say in an important and relevant debate in our community.
If contributing to the long-term success of both humans and the environment sounds interesting to you, we invite you to learn more.