Humans are able to live on this planet thanks to its oceans, rivers, mountains, forests, and so on, and the natural bounty therein. The explosive growth in human population, industrialization, and mass consumption have led to farreaching changes in the environment and impoverishment of the ecosystem. It is essential that we as a race move towards a peaceful co-existence or symbiosis with the environment, in which we use it in an efficient and sustainable way.
The Faculty of Environmental & Symbiotic Sciences aims to guide us in this enterprise, having as its mission the study of the environment from multiple angles within a holistic framework, and the furthering of initiatives and policies based on that study.
The Faculty consisted originally of one department housing three divisions, but from 2008 has adopted a new framework of three departments focused on the following areas:
|1||The Department of Environmental Resources examines the ways in which human activity acts on environmental resources and influences the local region and the Earth’s ecosystems, placing a balanced emphasis on the theory and practice of ecology and environmental resources.|
|2||The Department of Human Habitat focuses on dwellings and habitats, and their relationships with the environment and human welfare.|
|3||The Department of Food & Health Sciences examines the science of a multitude of issues surrounding food resources, the environment, and health.|