Environmental degradation and declining biodiversity due to population growth and increasing resource consumption have raised concerns on the quality of global environment and the future of human generations. Sustainable development has become a guiding principle on development for countries all over the world. The management of human development has also been extended from traditional pollution prevention and environmental protection to the management of broader ecosystems. In this process, ecological concepts and practices are increasingly been applied in the management of natural resources and the conduct of economic activities. Growing ecological concerns has also facilitated the initiation of ecological enterprises and the development of related technologies, creating businesses such as ecological engineering, ecotourism, organic agriculture, green industry and a variety of green Industries. Considering the principle of sustainability will continue to guide the development of our society, the Department of Ecology and Environmental Resources was established to meet increasing demands on the research and application of ecological theories. The Department offers an undergraduate program and two master’s degree programs in Environment and Ecology, and Ecotourism.
Educational goals for the undergraduate program are to train students to become competent professionals and research personnel proficient in ecological theories and their applications to ecological conservation and nature-based businesses. Graduates from this Department will have broad knowledge in ecology, conservation biology, environmental sciences and related technologies, capable of conducting ecological investigation, wild life conservation, environmental remediation, environmental education, and the application of ecological principles in the planning and management of businesses and industries. Graduates from the Graduate Program of Environment and Ecology will have broad knowledge in areas such as environmental sciences and engineering, ecology and conservation biology, environmental education and interpretation. They are trained to be competent practitioners and researchers in fields such as environmental and ecological investigation, environmental quality management and pollution prevention, ecological preservation, as well as various levels of environmental education. The Graduate Program of Ecotourism is dedicated to the study of concepts, planning processes, and execution of ecotourism. The educational goals are to train students to become ecotourism management professionals, and researchers in areas such as eco-planning and eco-design for tourism, natural resources management, environmental impact analysis, evaluation and preservation, as well as the conservation of ecological and socio-cultural resources.