Environmental Science


Career Objectives

Create new cultural pattern in the relations of society with nature, providing guidance to public and private organization in the environmental field.


Professional Profile

- Professional who attends and handles problems that affect the environment from its diversity of Physical, Chemical, Biological and Geographical aspects.

Besides, he proposes *viable alternatives in the economic, legal and managerial aspects to companies and institutions; for that, he has expertise in social science and *economics.


Specific tasks or activities carried out in the profession 

He identifies, describes and values the goods the ecosystems contribute.

He steers plans and strategies in natural resources management for their utilization, preservation and protection.

He intervenes in the study of productive activities and of development plans from the environmental, economic and social perspective, in a way to reconcile economic development with environmental *sustainability; as for example, in the study of projects of industrial parks, tourist infrastructure, human settlements, hydroelectric complexes, pathways of communication, mining activities, petroleum drillings, etc, which can produce environmental imbalance.

He designs, implements, evaluates or oversees *environmental management plans in companies or institutions.

He applies technological tools in the implementation of *environmental monitoring in the analysis and assessment of environmental impact produced by human intervention in natural, rural and urban areas.

He identifies pollution sources and assesses the specific damage they cause to the structure and functioning of the environment.

He takes part in interdisciplinary teams who address the solution of environmental problems with a *systematic approach, suggesting measures of damage mitigation, restoration or *environmental remediation.

He contributes in the construction of legal frameworks, regulations and *policies for the management and preservation of natural resources and natural heritage.

He designs Environmental Certification programs for different types of productive, commercial and territorial planning activities.

He oversees in coordination with related organizations and local authorities, the compliance with laws, regulations and decrees relative to environmental legislation.

He participates in the implementation of *land management plans in different levels, municipal, provincial, regional or national.

He helps justice in his specific area.

He takes part in the public awareness in the management of protected wildlife areas and the pollution of water, soil, air and waste in the city.

He performs educational activities in every education level.


Occupational Field

-Environmental management units from municipalities, provincial councils and other dependencies of the different Government ministries.

- Public works, transport and trading companies.

-Financial Institutions

-Manufacturing Industry

-Fishing, farming, mining and *silviculture industries.

-Tourism Companies

-Health Centers

-International Environmental Organizations and Institutions.

-Environmental Chemistry Laboratories and Health Microbiology.

-Consulting Firms.

-Research Centers

-Educational Centers

-Service delivery as Independent Professionals.


Estimated time of College years

5 years

Main courses considered in the curriculum

Basic Training Courses

* Physical and Chemical Foundations of the Environment (2 semesters)

* Mathematical Foundations for the Study of the Environment (2 semesters)

Applied Statistics

*General Botany

*General Zoology

*Ecology (2 semesters)

Professional Training Courses

Animal *Physiology

Plant Physiology

Microbiology and Genetics

Biochemistry

*Geology and *Geomorphology

*Cartography

Climatology

*Edaphology

*Hydrology

Environmental Measurements

Environmental Impact Assessment

Preservation and Management of Natural Resources

Assessment and distribution of territorial space

Research Methodology in Environmental Science

Global Change

*Environmental Engineering Foundations

Production Processes

Environmental Law and Public Policies

*Environmental Management

*Economics and the Environment

*Project Formulation and Evaluation

Specialties

Distribution of Territorial Space

Natural Resources Management

Environmental Chemistry

Environmental Policy and Management


Vocation, Skills and Interests required in the candidate to this career


Interests

-Motivation for natural science.

-Observer of Nature with curiosity for the interdependence between humans, animals and plants.

-Sensitive to environmental problems.

-Special interest in Biology, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.

-Appreciation for Sciences.


Skills

-Research and Analysis Capacity

-Naturalist Intelligence, that is, the ability to perceive, observe and identify the differences and similarities among members of a species or of different kinds, as also the existing relationship between them.

-Persuasion

-Management Capacity


Vocation

-For creating solutions which protect and preserve the environment.

Or any specific dream or longing which feels involved or oriented towards this direction.


Candidate Personality

-Adaptability to work in groups

-Good human relations

-Methodological

-Entrepreneurial

-Self-motivated and with leadership

-Open to changes in paradigms.


Work Scope

He can perform in areas of Office, Industries or Laboratories.


Related Careers

-Environmental Engineering, Environmental Management, Marine Biology, Ecology, Environmental Technology.


*Glossary of Terms

*Environmental Engineering Foundations: Course which considers the prevention of industrial pollution, control technology of atmospheric pollution, technologies for biological treatments of wastewater and soil recovery.

* Physical and Chemical Foundations of the Environment: -Fluid Mechanics. -Thermodynamics. –Waves. –Electricity and Electromagnetism. -As also Chemical Bond and Structure of Matter. –Solutions, Reactions. –Organic and Inorganic Chemistry.

*Botany: Branch of Biology in charge of the study of plants.

*Cartography: Geographical information systems focused on the study of the environment.

*Ecology: Structure and function of ecosystems.

*Economics: Study regarding the production and consumption of the riches of a country.

*Edaphology: Science which studies the soil in its composition, structure, classification, formation and agricultural potential.

*Systematic Approach: Approach which addresses the understanding o complex systems which make up the reality from its totality of aspects.

*Physiology: Science which studies the biological functions of living beings and their parts.

*Project Formulation and Evaluation:

Alternatives analysis, Feasibility study, that is, if it is technologically and economically possible.

* Mathematical Foundations for the Study of the Environment: -Infinitesimal calculus (Integrals). –Differential Calculus. –Differential equations. –Linear algebra. –Geometry.

*Geology: Study of the internal structure and composition of the Earth, its geological processes, its minerals and rocks.

*Geomorphology: Study which describes the shapes of the land relief.

*Management: Manage: Make the inquiries and procedures to carry out a project

*Hydrology: Study of the water distribution present in the atmosphere and the earth crust.

*Environmental Monitoring: Monitor: Process of sample drawing of the environment to monitor and observe the polluting phenomena in it.

*Land management plans: Process that aims to give economic and social planning a territorial dimension, regulating the use of the territory in terms of arrangement and ordering of its elements.

*Policy: Criteria or guideline given to an action.

*Environmental Remediation: Give remedy to environment pollution, removing contaminants of the soil, waters and the atmosphere.

*Silviculture: Cultivation of forests and mounts.

*Sustainability: Sustainable: Enduring, which can be maintained over time.

*Viable: That has likelihood to be carried out.

*Zoology: Branch of Biology which studies the animals.

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