Why is environmental science considered an interdisciplinary science?

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Jul 5, 2017

Because you need chemistry, biology, microbiology, population dynamics, economics, etc. to handle environmental issues.


The breadth and coplexity of the environmental problems we face and the economic, scientific, social, and technical impediments to their solution underline how important it is that environmental scientists gain an appreciation for the processes and functioning of all environmental compartments and intentionally account for the long-term consequences and sustainability of the actions they propose (Masters and Ela, 2008).

An environmental scientist should know concepts of population dynamics, economics, biology and microbiology, ecology, energy, chemistry, etc. to handle environmental issues appropriately. For this reason, environmental science is interdisciplinary.


Masters, G. M. and Ela, W. P. (2008). Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Science (Third Edition). Pearson Education International, Upper Saddle River, NJ, USA.