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Environment -1-pcpHelp forge a global movement to protect our planet. Volunteers lead grassroots efforts in their communities to protect the environment and strengthen understanding of environmental issues. They teach environmental awareness in elementary and secondary schools and to youth groups and community organizations, empowering communities to make their own decisions about how to protect and conserve the local environment. Volunteers also address environmental degradation by promoting sustainable use of natural resources.

If you choose Environment, take three courses from one of the following areas:

  • Business and Nonprofit Management
  • Biology
  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Geology

Suggested courses (courses in any of majors listed above can count for PC Prep work in the Environment sector):

  • BIOL 111 Ecological Biology
  • BIOL 226 Biological Diversity
  • BIOL 348 Ornithology
  • BIOL 350 Field Botany
  • BIOL 352 Invertebrate Zoology
  • BIOL 357 Animal Behavior
  • BIOL 360 Conservation Biology
  • BIOL 362 Biology of Insects
  • BIOL 455 Population and Community Ecology
  • CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry
  • CHEM 221 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 321 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 331 Equilibrium and Analysis
  • CHEM 371 Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology
  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability
  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability
  • ENSU 341 Climate Change Adaptation
  • ENSU 353 Environmental Applications
  • GEOL 201 Earth & the Environment (or any GEOL 200-level with lab)
  • GEOL 316 Geochemistry & Environmental Change
  • GEOL 430 Water
  • GEOL 431 Soils & Sustainable Agriculture
  • GEOL 432 Climate Systems
  • MUSE 215 Engaging Audiences with Outreach and Interpretation

Environment -2-pcpAnd build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Educating the public on environmental or conservation issues, or working on environmental campaigns
  • Conducting biological surveys of plants or animals
  • Gardening, farming, nursery management, organic or low-input vegetable production, or landscaping
  • Providing technical assistance and training in natural resource management

Examples include, but are not limited to the following volunteer and internship opportunities:

  • Cardinal Greenway
  • Cope Environmental Center: Summer Health and Literacy Coordinator Intern
  • Earlham Environmental Action Coalition
  • Hayes Arboretum
  • Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Division of Nature Preserves — Site Conservation Planning Intern
  • Joseph Moore Museum of Science and Nature
  • Miller Farm
  • Nature Conservancy — Presence Profile Intern
  • Northern Alaska Environmental Center: Outreach Intern
  • Patriot Engineering and Environmental, Inc: Environmental Summer Intern
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