YEREVAN – Starting in the Fall 2017 semester, the AUA Acopian Center for the Environment (ACE) in conjunction with the AUA College of Science and Engineering are offering a minor in Environmental Studies available to all AUA undergraduate students.
The Environmental Studies minor will enable students to take environmental courses (a minimum of 6, or 18 semester credits equivalent), allowing them to develop deeper knowledge and skills in environmental conservation, restoration, engineering, and governance.
“One of the many pleasant surprises of our undergraduate program over the past four years has been the high level of interest from students in our environmental courses,” says Alen Amirkhanian, director of ACE. “These courses were often oversubscribed. We’ve even had students asking if they can have a specialization in environmental studies so they can pursue graduate-level work in the field.”
There have been recent legislative and technical changes in Armenia relating to environmental issues and the minor has been developed to provide graduating university students entering the field deeper knowledge and understanding to address these developments. Furthermore, based on the general interest of the students and gauging the reaction of the labor market toward this new minor offering, a decision to offer a full degree program in Environmental Studies or Environmental Sciences could be made in the future .
Students have the option to study from a list of up to fifteen approved courses to receive their minor degree, these courses include Introduction to Environmental Sciences, Environmental Monitoring, Environmental Projects, Sustainable Cities, Urban Environmental Mapping – Field Applications of Sensing and Visualization Tools, Forests, and many more.
For a full listing of requirements for the minor and eligible courses click here.