Environmental Portal

More than a third of NC State’s overall faculty — including members from all NC State colleges — pursue teaching, research and extension activities related to the environment. They are engaged in efforts to enhance sustainability, understand the links between energy and the environment, provide forecasts of global climate change, and find ways to better conserve and manage natural resources. Through their efforts, NC State maintains college-based environmental programs as well as joint college centers devoted to a variety of specialty fields.

Our joint college centers focus the teaching and research expertise of NC State faculty on interdisciplinary fields important to environmental science:

These resources can enrich the undergraduate experience at NC State and enhance your understanding of environmental sciences while providing you with opportunities for internships and hands-on study.

In addition to the interdisciplinary Environmental Sciences Academic Program, all colleges offer environmental academic and research resources:

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences

NC State’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has 19 academic departments and 15 that offer undergraduate degree programs — ranging from the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education to the Department of Soil Science — with over 4,500 undergraduate students pursuing 22 Bachelor of Science degree programs with many different concentrations, minors, and options at any one time. All College of Agriculture & Life Sciences departments have dynamic connections to environmental and natural resource issues.

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College of Design

An important mission of NC State’s College of Design is to stimulate creative, sustainable approaches to life — including perfecting the tools, materials, buildings, and landscapes in which we live. Those interested in understanding the human capacity to fit within spaces will find a home in College of Design. The College offers eight undergraduate degrees that allow students to develop skills in environmental design in architecture, landscape architecture, or industrial and material design.

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College of Education

Good teachers are critical to the success of the environmental awareness movement — they provide young children and students with their first connection to science, natural resources, and the impacts of human actions. The College of Education offers comprehensive education programs that provide the teachers of tomorrow with the skills and vision they will need to ensure that coming generations are environmentally literate and prepared for lifelong learning.

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College of Engineering

NC State’s College of Engineering offers 18 undergraduate degrees to a total undergraduate enrollment of about 5,500 students. Many of the faculty members and students in the College of Engineering share a deep interest in applying engineering to issues connected to the environment and natural resources. Examples of academic programs related to the environment include those listed below.

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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Many of the academic programs in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences are designed for students interested in the relationship between humans and nature. College of Humanities & Social Sciences offers 20 undergraduate degrees that touch on human perception, behavior, and social sciences and explore the basis for human need and the fabric of life. Those interested in the environment and natural resources will appreciate the links between these subjects and sociology, politics, psychology, history, arts, and the humanities.

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College of Natural Resources

The mission of our college is to encourage the development and implementation of sustainable natural resource practices. More than 1,000 undergraduate students have chosen academic majors in the College of Natural Resources Departments of Forestry and Environmental ResourcesForest Biomaterials, and Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management. Besides our major, study areas include natural resources – ecosystem assessmentnatural resources – policy and administrationgeographic information systemsforest managementfisheries and wildlife sciences, and environmental technology and management, among many other specialty areas.

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College of Sciences

For students interested in studies of the geological, atmospheric, marine, chemical, or physical nature of the environment, the College of Sciences provides world-class instruction in these fields. Its Department of Statistics provides students the chance to learn state-of-the-art approaches for analyzing issues involving environmental and natural resource issues.

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College of Textiles

NC State’s College of Textiles is the largest program of its kind in the world. The COT provides undergraduate students interested in the environment and natural resources with opportunities for pursuing courses and curricula that connect environmental and resource issues to textile design, material science, chemistry, and engineering as well as the management of textile production.

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College of Veterinary Medicine

Faculty members in the College of Veterinary Medicine not only staff one of the top five Vet Schools in the U.S., they are also linked to environmental research and education efforts that engage much of the University. For example, Vet Med faculty members participate in all Fisheries & Wildlife Sciences academic programs, and also work with College of Veterinary Medicine students who are concerned with wildlife health and disease, the spread of disease from wildlife to humans, and sustaining endangered species such as the Carolina Red Wolf.

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Poole College of Management

Nearly 2,500 students major in the undergraduate programs in Accounting, Business Management, Economics, and Management Innovation and Entrepreneurship offered by NC State’s College of Management. Many of these students are interested in the profound impact of financial management on decisions about the environment and natural resources or the value placed on ecosystem services. College of Management provides them with the resources they need to connect their interests in environment and natural resources with a business management focus and address relevant issues at the local, national, and international levels.

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