CDS started its insertion in undergraduate studies in 2006, with the creation of an elective discipline – “Introduction to Sustainable Development”, open to all UnB students. In 2008, CDS expanded this insertion when it joined four other UnB units (the Department of Economics and the Institutes of Geology, Chemistry and Biology) and formed a consortium focused on the creation of a new undergraduate program called Environmental Sciences.
The holders of this degree are expected to be able to identify, evaluate and characterize a variety of environmental problems and propose preventive and mitigating measures, as well as plan and manage the use of natural resources in a sustainable manner. The interdisciplinary approach is the core feature of their training.
The students receive basic training in several areas of Environmental Sciences and must choose to deepen their training by focusing on at least one of the four major areas of advanced studies: 1) Conservation and Use of Biodiversity; 2) Management and Conservation of Water and Soil Resources; 3) Environmental Planning; 4) Sustainability Policies.
Career options include planning, environmental management and regulation in the private and public sectors and in nongovernmental organizations, mediation and environmental conflict resolution, as well as consulting.
Find out more about the Environmental Sciences curriculum here: (https://matriculaweb.unb.br/graduacao/curriculo.aspx?cod=2321)
Every semester, CDS offers the following undergraduate classes to these students:
- 1. Introduction to Sustainable Development
- 2. Environment, Culture and Society
- 3. Perspectives in Environmental Sciences
- 4. Public Policies and the Environment
- 5. Theories of Development
- 6. Integrated Interdisciplinary Work
- 7. Population and the Environment
- 8. Socio-environmental Systems and Complexity
- 9. Sustainable Development Indicators
- 10. Public Planning and Environment
- 11. Environmental History of Brazil
- 12. Research Practice
- 13. Education and the Environment