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Dr. Benjamin Stout
Professor of Biology
Email: bens@wju.edu
Phone: 304-243-2316

Department of Environment and Sustainability

Overview of Environment and Sustainability
As concerns increase about global climate change, limited fossil fuel resources, government and industry, we will need leaders prepared to offer more sustainable alternatives to our current energy systems. The Environment and Sustainability Program at Wheeling Jesuit University offers an overview of environmental science, while advanced courses in chemistry, biofuels, or energy systems give graduates the knowledge and expertise to build a more sustainable future.

Why Choose Wheeling Jesuit University?
The Environment and Sustainability Program develops the next generation researchers, technicians, and technologies for implementation of green power industries applicable to the Ohio River Valley and central Appalachian region. The Bachelor of Science in Environment and Sustainability requires mastery in the basic sciences - biology, chemistry and physics - in addition to a holistic liberal arts training. Environment and Sustainability majors complete advanced study in one of three tracts - sustainable biofuels, sustainable chemistry or sustainable energy systems. This experience includes the social, political and infrastructural ramifications of implementing conservation strategies and transitioning from current practices toward sustainable energy sources.

Wheeling Jesuit University Environment and Sustainability students receive a well-rounded education combining undergraduate research experience with the Jesuit tradition of clear writing, cogent speaking, and ethical leadership. All students in the Environment and Sustainability program complete a capstone research project. Moreover, our small classes ensure that students will receive support and mentoring from faculty throughout their time at WJU. Upon completion of the Environment and Sustainability program, students will be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Think critically and solve complex problems.
  • Apply knowledge of mathematics, science and engineering in problem solving.
  • Design and conduct experiments, as well as analyze and interpret data.
  • Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms.
  • Act professionally and ethically.

Finally, through the Student Sustainability Committee and the Clifford M. Lewis, S.J. Appalachian Institute, students in this program will have ample opportunities to continue their studies outside the classroom. The Student Sustainability Committee organizes the university's paper and cardboard recycling and recently launched a composting program. The Appalachian Institute promotes service and scholarship in energy and sustainability-related issues for not only WJU students, but also college and high school students across the country. Simply put, the Wheeling Jesuit University Environment & Sustainability Program not only produces proficient scientists, but also leaders on-campus and beyond.

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