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A Unique, But Perfect Fit – B.S. Human Ecology at Life University

Life University added a new Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree during the Spring Quarter of 2019 that just began enrolling during Fall Quarter 2019.

Human ecology is an interdisciplinary field that studies the relationship between humans and their economic, social and natural environments. It strives to develop a means by which sustainability could be achieved. This new degree program is an excellent fit within the vitalistic philosophy engrained in all Life University degree programs, as students will recognize that economic, social and natural environments, much like the innate human body, can thrive without disruptive interferences.

“One of the things I like the most about that program is that it is so interdisciplinary,” remarks Dr. Adaris Mas Rivera, a professor in the Human Ecology program at LIFE. “It focuses on some key issues that need to be addressed in society today regarding social change, sustainability and conservation.”

Dr. Mas Rivera also notes that she finds that students get very engaged and find it quite appealing to merge the different fields of social and natural sciences, and that a prospective student who has a passion of thinking about how systems and constructs in society interact and overlap with each other would be a perfect fit in the new degree program at LIFE.

The B.S. Human Ecology degree program has two specializations from which students may choose:

  • People, Politics and Social Change Track
    This track focuses on serious questions from individuals and businesses whose answers require a complex understanding of interdependent issues. Participants of this track will develop their leadership skills as well as the ability to innovatively evaluate and act on issues related to sustainability, while making sensible business and policy decisions for both the short and long term.
  • Science, Sustainability and Resource Management Track
    This track stresses the need to step outside current disciplinary and cultural boxes in pursuit of knowledge regarding the intricate interrelationships between science, technology and human systems. Coursework focuses on interdisciplinary areas relevant to the sustainability of environmental resources and social institutions while encouraging experiential learning, research proficiency, community engagement and leadership development.

Future degree holders will be able to utilize professional knowledge and contemporary scientific techniques to improve the lives of people in society while maintaining environmental quality; demonstrate standards of ethical conduct, environmental stewardship and responsible citizenship as agents of positive social change; analyze and interpret scientific data to make informed decisions regarding contemporary social issues; and explain the dynamic roles of society, culture and psychology within human systems for the purposes of maintenance and sustainable use of natural ecosystems.

Potential careers for a bachelor’s degree holder in Human Ecology include: environmental scientists, industrial ecologists, fish/game wardens, climate analysts and many more.

Along with the new Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology, LIFE now offers a total of 15 undergraduate degrees in addition to its four graduate programs and the world’s largest single campus Doctor of Chiropractic program. More degree programs are planned to add to these numbers in the next few years.

For more information about the Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology degree program or any of Life University’s degree offerings, please visit www.LIFE.edu.

Article sponsored by Life University via VNN.