* Understanding of organism-environment interactions and the ecosystem: Ecosystems are very complex. Water, temperature, light and nutrients circulate around the world and this influences a diverse range of organisms. Ecology is a study of these complex relations and contributes to proper management of the ecosystem.
* Scientific identification and resolution of environmental problems: There exist a vast number of environmental problems, including development, resource and energy misuse and depletion, pollution and sustainability. The division presents comprehensive solutions in these areas.
* Ecology-based environmental design and landscape architecture: Environmental plans are being established through spatial analysis to systematically create a more beautiful environment.
* Formation and restoration of a sustainable ecosystem: Ultimately, the goal of these environmental disciplines is to create a sustainable ecosystem. Ecological engineering enables ecological restoration based on thorough research and rigorous analysis. This includes the development of ecological cities and ecological parks.
In terms of academic approach, Korea University’s Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering differs from environmental engineering departments at other universities. Environmental engineering emphasizes engineering mechanisms and processes aimed at environmental purification and pollution preventionwhereas environmental science and ecological engineering is a comprehensive discipline based on ecological principles encompassing various fields such as pollution prevention, ecofriendly applications and environmental restoration. It is this ecological approach that paves the way to the creation of a sustainable society and preservation of the ecosystem. Instead of developing countermeasures to existing environmental problems, the division emphasizes environmental technology that helps to prevent problems from arising in the future. A set of integrated ecology-based solutions should be presented to resolve environmental problems.
* Institutes: Universities involved in environmental research, Korea Forest Research Institute, Korea Research Institute for Human Settlements, Korea Environment Institute, Institute of Health & Environment, National Institute of Meteorological Research, Korea Institute of Ocean Science & Technology, National Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology, KRIBB (Korea Research Institute of Bioscience Biotechnology) etc.
* Corporations: Pollution prevention facilities, pesticide companies, timber processing, pulp and paper, remote exploration/GIS companies
*Government and public offices: Ministry of Environment, Korea Forest Service, environmental divisions in regional administrative agencies, Water Resources Corporation, Land & Housing Corporation, Environment Corporation, Korea National Park Service, and KIST or international organizations such as UN, UNEP, UNESCO, IBRD, and WHO
* Financial companies: General companies in finance, stock and marketing and financial institutions
* Students who enjoy basic subjects such as biology, physics and chemistry
* Students with an interest in the environment and biological phenomena
* Students who seek to improve human welfare through science
* Students committed to protecting humanity through environmental conservation
* Students interested in the convergence of natural and social sciences
* Students capable of embracing various fields
“Wanna Be Greener” is the slogan of the Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering. The ultimate goal of society is clean water and air, verdant forests and ecological parks throughout cities, commercialized renewable energy and an economic structure that derives high added value without sacrificing the environment. As society advances by the day, there is an ever-growing demand for a higher quality of life. To build a sustainable society, it is crucial to develop a system for integrated environment management from pollution prevention to purification. The Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering improves the environment and ecosystem based on ecological principles and contributes significantly to creating a sustainable society by training experts in related fields.
Previously, environmental engineering has focused on reducing environmental pollution. Pollution purification and clean production technologies were regarded as a common solution to environmental problems. However, it is apparent that sustainable development cannot be achieved without guaranteeing the health of the ecosystem, on which the future of humankind relies on. In other words, eco-friendly and sustainable development will only be possible through ‘cooperation’ between human society and nature. The interdisciplinary education at Korea University’s Division of Environmental Science and Ecological Engineering, which emphasizes a comprehensive approach to environmental problems, trains environmental experts for a sustainable society and compensates for the limitations of other environmental departments. Our division is regarded as the blue ocean of academia.