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B.A. in Environmental Studies

Contact Person:
Dr. Heather Sullivan-Catlin, Environmental Studies Coordinator
316-1 Satterlee Hall, (315) 267-2570,

43-48 credit hours required.

Assistant Professors: Ashley Reis, Matt Lavine, Jessica Rogers

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary academic program which studies human interactions with the environment to solve complex problems. The major includes course offerings from fourteen departments and programs. The curriculum emphasizes the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences to prepare students to address environmental issues in our region and the world beyond, as global citizens as well as environmental educators, planners, policy analysts, advocates, lawyers, and field managers. The major also prepares students for graduate school in related environmental fields.

First-year students are encouraged to begin with the Adirondacks Environmental Studies FIG. After the sophomore or junior year, the optional internship/field experience provides students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the environmental field. In a three-credit seminar, seniors develop and present an independent research project.

Please note:
• Each student is also required to complete an accompanying minor or second major in a discipline of their choosing.
• No more than two courses can count both toward the Environmental Studies student’s minor or second major.
• A grade of 2.0 or better must be achieved in all courses.
• Only one course for the major can be taken S/U.
• For the Humanities, Social Science, and Science Electives, students may petition the program to accept other suitable courses.
• Some of the listed courses have prerequisites; students should consult the College Catalog.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:

Humanities and Social Sciences (Credits 15-17)
ENVR 110 Introduction to Environmental Studies
ENVR 310 Adirondack Environmental Studies
One of the following Humanities courses:
  HIST 453 Nature in American History
  HIST 454 Energy in American History
  HIST 464 Technology In History
  HIST 470 African Environmental History
  LITR 351 Nature and Literature
  PHIL 330 Environmental Ethics
  And other courses to be listed.
One of the following Social Science courses:
  ANTH 366 Historical Ecology
  ECON 320 Economy and Environment
  HLTH 300 Environmental Health
  POLS 324 Natural Resource Policy (4)
  POLS 344 Global Climate Change (4)
  POLS 348 Water Policy (4)
  SOCI 340 Environment and Society
  SOCI 341 Environmental Justice
  SOCI 371 Globalization and the Environment
  SOCI 440 Sociology of Food
  And other courses to be listed.
Plus one elective from either list above.

Sciences (Credits 9-11)
Two of the following, each from a different department:
  BIOL 101 Evolution and Ecology
  BIOL 111 Adirondack Ecology/Natural History
  BIOL 300 Ecology (3-4)
  CHEM 301 Fundamentals of Environmental Science
  GEOL 101 Environmental Geology
  GEOL 103 Physical Geology
  GEOL 306 Geology of Our National Parks
  PHYS 325 Energy and the Environment
Plus one of the following (or and additional course from above):
  ANTH 354 Environmental Archeology
  BIOL 148 Biodiversity Conservation
  BIOL 209 Winter Ecology
  BIOL 312 Insect Ecology (4)
  BIOL 402 Conservation Biology
  BIOL 409 Fresh Water Ecology
  CHEM 321 The Sustainable World
  GEOL 306 Geology of Our National Parks
  GEOL 310 Hydrology and Hydrogeology
  PHYS 330 Meteorology
  And other courses to be listed.

Skills (Credits 8)
Two of the following:
  COMP 304 Technical Writing (4; Prereq: COMP 201)
  COMP 301 Advanced Research Writing (4)
  COMP 321 Writing about the Environment (4)
  ENVR 391 Field Project (4)
  GEOL 340 Geographic Information Systems (4)
  And other courses to be listed.

Environmental Studies Capstone (Credits 11-12)
ENVR 210 Environmental Futures (2)
One course from any of the above lists of Humanities, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences
ENVR 290 Environmental Inquiry
ENVR 490 Senior Seminar