The area of Environmental Principles is concerned with the fundamental issues of the environment, and approaches them from the perspectives of the humanities (ethics, history, and philosophy) and related sciences. The lectures offered are intended to provide students with opportunities to understand and contemplate the underlying issues of environmental studies and their relationship to science, technology, and society. Foundations for the concept of sustainable development are also explored.
Management and Policy deals with social science approaches to environmental issues. Research in this area explores the applications of social science disciplines including economics, law, political science, sociology, and psychology to real world problems with regard to environmental management and policy making.
Our environment is composed of many complex physical, chemical and biological systems with which we interact and which interact with one another; the oceans and the atmosphere are two very clear examples. Measurement and Evaluation examines the theoretical principles and models, experimental methods and technologies and the analytical processes necessary to evaluate these systems and their interactions.
Materials, Systems and Dynamics is based on the physical and biological sciences. It focuses on the ways in which individual materials are composed and interact with each other to produce complex systems, which include man-made processes, the earth, its atmosphere and the universe. Understanding the structure and dynamics of these systems allows us not only to predict their behavior, but also to influence and ultimately control them.
Energy and Resources is one of the most important underlying subjects in environmental science. The courses offered are designed for students to review energy technologies and resources that include fossil fuels (e.g. oil, coal, and natural gas), renewables (e.g. photovoltaic, wind power, etc.), and advanced generation technologies (e.g. nuclear power), as well as to explore the engineering details of these methods.
For human beings, the environment has many important aspects, like its ability to keep us alive, healthy, safe and free of fear. The area of Health and Security deals with many aspects from this perspective, including the risk and safety analysis of food production, processing and distribution, health science and the dynamics of populations. Also discussed are ways in which our environment can be nurtured and enhanced in a beneficial manner and how ecological and social sustainability can be achieved. In this area, Urban Planning Technology is also discussed in the context of delivering smooth traffic flow and the mitigation of society from various disasters.