Along with problem-solving skills, creativity and versatility, systems-thinking is a trait widely sought by employers, and is an absolute necessity for responding to the complex problems of our time. Because “environmental issues” are always also social issues, understanding them requires knowledge of natural and human social systems, and how they interact. The Environmental Studies major and minor are specially designed to help students attain, integrate, and convey the diverse knowledge and skills needed to understand and address complex socio-environmental problems.
The foundation of the program includes training in natural systems, human social systems, means of effectively communicating about complex interdependent systems, and relevant practical skills. In addition, Environmental Studies majors identify one of three areas of emphasis—Natural Systems, Human Social Systems, or Communicating Complexity—that best matches their interests and personal and professional goals. With the help of an adviser, each student then crafts a personalized combination of elective courses within that area of emphasis.
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Natural historians examine the world to determine the relationships between organisms, how they developed and evolved, and how they interact with their environment. A minor in natural history provides students with a concentration of knowledge and skills through experiential, field-based coursework, internship opportunities and a capstone experience. The study of natural history is the foundation of the biological sciences and is fundamental to place-based studies, nature interpretation and environmental education.
Beyond the surface of each living organism is a complex network that keeps it alive and functioning. Biochemistry is the study of these processes and used the techniques of chemistry and physics to further the understanding. The discipline focuses on chemical reactions that are important to biological processes. The coursework for the biochemistry major is designed to prepare students for further study in graduate or professional school, and for entry into other careers in the life and chemical sciences.
Biology is an exciting field, allowing individuals to investigate and understand life processes at all levels including molecular, cellular, individual and ecological. The biology program at Hiram College provides students with the knowledge and experience to become professional biologists. With our emphasis on experiential learning and hands-on applications, coupled with close faculty mentoring relationships, Hiram's biology students develop the expertise to succeed in graduate programs and professional work environments in the modern life sciences.
The chemistry program at Hiram College is designed to provide students with detailed knowledge of the subject matter through extensive laboratory and research experiences. Coursework cultivates expertise in the areas of analytical, biological, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry. Because Hiram College is an undergraduate teaching institution, students receive close instruction and mentoring from Hiram’s full-time chemistry faculty. Hiram students also have unlimited access to the department’s array of research equipment and laboratory space.