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Manhattan College Launches Interdisciplinary Environmental Science Major


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Beginning in fall 2014, the School of Science will offer two new degrees in environmental science, responding to the rising demand for trained professionals in environmental fields.

Riverdale, N.Y., (PRWEB) June 25, 2014

With the increased awareness and focus on environmental issues around the world and within the U.S., the need for environmental science specialists is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a strong growth in environmental science in the next decade in comparison to other fields. As a result, this fall, Manhattan Colleges School of Science will expand its own course offerings to include a new interdisciplinary Environmental Science program with two-degree options.

Through lectures, labs and field classes, students will gain hands-on experience with environmental sciences and obtain critical-thinking and problem-solving skills to understand the scientific basis for environmental problems, said Yelda Balkir, Ph.D., director of the Environmental Science program. The curriculum consists of rigorous science-based courses and experiential learning, which prepare students for exciting careers in the environmental field.

Balkir, a prominent researcher in green chemistry and the environment, points out that students within the program can enter careers in government, academic, private, nonprofit or advanced studies upon graduation. A few of the environmental sector possibilities include consulting, laboratory or field research, environmental education, environmental law, pollution engineering, toxicology and waste management.

Both the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in environmental science will offer students the option to take courses from a variety of academic departments, as well as participate in various cocurricular activities. All students will work closely with a faculty adviser to create a course of study personalized for each individuals developing and professional interests. In addition, independent student research is strongly encouraged as an essential part of the educational program.

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About Manhattan College:
Manhattan College is located at West 242nd Street near Broadway in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, one mile from the Westchester County line and accessible by MTA subway line No. 1. For directions to the campus, visit

Founded in 1853, Manhattan College is an independent, Lasallian Catholic, coeducational institution of higher learning offering more than 40 major programs of undergraduate study in the areas of arts, business, education and health, engineering and science, along with continuing and professional studies, and a graduate division. For more information about Manhattan College, visit

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