The environment is changing faster than ever before, the major cause being the activities of man. Environmental studies entail monitoring those changes and being able to suggest and implement effective solutions for the various eco-problems that we face today - from drying up of rivers, melting of glaciers, once-fertile lands turning barren, disruptions in the food chain and water-cycle, just to name a few.
We’re now past the industrial and the information revolutions - it’s high time we shift our focus back to nature, where the environment and its characteristics are of paramount importance. The future for professionals with an environmental science degree could not be brighter. There’s also the added advantage of students of environmental studies having to acquire a certain degree of proficiency, if not expertise, in allied subjects such as law, compliance, criminal justice etc. - something that will surely stand them in good stead should they wish to switch to other streams.
As India's economy and middle class booms, the higher education system struggles to keep up. Even the newer institutions that spring up tend to focus on engineering and business because they are most in demand. As a result, other subject areas, even currently relevant ones like environmental studies, lag behind in terms of an updated curriculum and infrastructure.
Long years of long-standing lobbying activities have seen the USA become home to some of the world’s largest and best-funded environmental groups. Environmental science degrees are offered in all major colleges and universities across the United States. An environmental science degree can be taken full-time or by distance learning.
Top universities in the USA offering highly rated programs in environmental studies include:
- Arizona State University
- Arkansas State University
- University of California, Santa Barbara
- University of Idaho
- University of California, Berkeley
With growing awareness, more and more Indian students are opting for courses in environmental sciences and related fields - after all, the effects of undesirable environmental change are felt not just in any one region but throughout the world in some form or another.
Go on – get yourself equipped to ‘save the world’!