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Department of Environmental Science at UPR Rio Piedras

At the Department of Environmental Science, we apply an integrated, quantitative and interdisciplinary focus to the study of natural and human systems

Environmental Sciences is a program with several focal areas including natural and human systems, environmental sociology, water management, economics, physical geology, water resources, geographic information systems, tropical island marine resources, among others. Our program, although small, has become popular among students due to the increase in interest in environmental issues, especially in the rapidly growing Caribbean region. Our faculty is very diverse and has active collaborations with researchers around the world especially in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Coursework is complemented by field work that helps the student to identify environmental problems and develop viable solutions to those problems.

The Environmental Sciences program aims to provide an integrated, quantitative and interdisciplinary focus to the study of natural and human systems and to provide the student with the necessary skills to advance knowledge in the discipline in an academic, industrial or government environment.

Why study at UPRRP?

One of the main reasons to study Environmental Science in the University of Puerto Rico is the accessibility to a wide diversity of natural resources. The tropics are one of the most diverse regions of the world and offer high potential for hands-on experiences of research and the application of theoretical knowledge. Environments of Puerto Rico include coral reefs, seagrass communities, sand and stone beaches, tropical rain forest, tropical dry forest, subterranean karstic systems, mangroves, riparian ecosystems, and urban ecosystems.

The Program encourages and offers students the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of research including Research Experience Undergraduate (REU), summer courses, and other extracurricular research experiences. Most of the programs provide stipends to conduct research, especially during summer, and allow students to increase their scientific writing skills and gain valuable experience for graduate school or for future careers in environmental science. Students also have the opportunity to work with local industrial and governmental agencies like the US Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency

Come and join us to being a career in environmental science – Go beyond the classroom and experience the real world where science interacts with nature!

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