School of Environmental Studies
About the ESS Program
Purpose of The Program
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ESS) undergraduate program focuses on developing a student's ability to find solutions to environmental problems through an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning.
The ESS degree aligns well with the vision and mission of Tennessee Tech as the state's comprehensive university known for offering high-quality programs in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines. This program will produce graduates for a growing field of career opportunities and state and national need.
The ESS program will foster in students the desire to lead purposeful professional lives through the application of scientific principles to environmental issues within the social, political and economic framework of our society.
ESS Program Goals
- Prepare students to analyze and propose sustainable solutions for complex, real-world environmental problems
- Understand and integrate ideas from the ecological, social, and physical sciences with technological solutions
- Be life-long learners
- Lead socially responsible lives that sustain the Earth's fragile environment