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Center for Environmental, Economic, Earth and Space Studies
Sattgast 230
Phone: (218) 755-2920
Fax: (218) 755-4107

Mailing Address:
1500 Birchmont Drive NE #27
Bemidji, MN 56601-2699


Department Mission

Program Objectives

History of the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies

Department Mission

The CEESS provides effective teaching of students, discovery and advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative activity, and assistance to society through public service and outreach. In carrying out this mission, CEESS is committed to promoting academic integrity, freedom of thought and inquiry, and excellence in education that will earn the department respect in all of its communities of interest including the regional, national and international communities. CEESS provides students with a clear understanding of fundamental, theoretical environmental, economic, and sociological concepts and application of theory to world problem solving and policy issues. CEESS seeks to provide an environment conducive to academic achievement. Maximum value is placed on recruiting and supporting highly motivated students and top quality faculty, and on enriching learning environments.

Program Objectives

The objectives of environmental studies are to prepare students for the life-long practice of environmental science and policy through a variety of educational experiences. The Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies admits and matriculates qualified students who exhibit a high potential for successfully pursuing a career in environmental professions. The curriculum is designed to meet the requirements of professional practice and graduate school preparation.

The B.S. degree in Environmental Studies offers the students a broad-based science background. In addition to a firm foundation in Environmental Studies courses, the students also acquire a background in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Geology and Hydrology (Appendix A). This is provided through training for students who plan to pursue postgraduate training in the field as well as for those who plan to enter directly into jobs in federal and state agencies and private consulting firms.

The Environmental Studies program has the following specific objectives: 

  1. To enhance the quality and recognition of our academic offerings. This can only be accomplished by increasing the complement of highly qualified faculty, thereby increasing curricular and environmental opportunities for students.
  2. To increase our service to the region by expanding partnerships and funding from external sources. This has occurred to the extent that current faculty are given release time for non-academic duties and through the addition of new faculty with appropriate release time.
  3. To expand opportunities for students participation in external work experiences, through internships and cooperative programs. Our B.S. program requires a senior thesis or internship, both of which provide students with practical experience.
  4. To expose all of our majors to the complexities of environmental policy formulation, including the roles of environmental, natural and social sciences.

History of the Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies.

The Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies (CEESS) serves two major functions: as a focus for applied environmental research by faculty and students, and as an interdisciplinary academic program offering the B.S. and M.S. degrees. The Center staff is composed of two full-time environmental scientists, one full- time earth and space scientists and an environmental economist (0.75 FTE), (total 5.75 FTE). About 25 associate faculties form other related departments, visiting scientists supported by research grants, graduate assistants and undergraduate research aides form the remainder of our staff.

The CEESS is equipped and staffed to do a variety of environmental and ecological research. Staff of the CEESS pursues contract and grant research in fields of their expertise and coordinate research projects involving faculty from other departments (CEESS Associate Faculty). In this way, comprehensive interdisciplinary research is achieved and interested faculty is provided opportunities for research and cooperative team efforts. The academic programs of the Center for Environmental , Earth and Space Studies (Center for Environmental Studies) were established in 1973 as interdisciplinary paths to the B.S. (Major or Minor) and M.S. degrees. The programs were founded in the basic sciences (biology, chemistry, and physics) and mathematics, and are complemented by required coursework in environmental science, economics, politics, and social science, and elective areas.