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Undergraduate

Environmental Studies

Study the physical, biological, and social aspects of humans and our interaction with the environment

Increasing population, technological demands, and the continued quest for a higher standard of living impose expanding demands on finite global resources. As an Environmental Studies student, you'll study the effects of these stresses on the Earth and its inhabitants in the classroom, field, and laboratories.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Environmental Studies (BA)

Minor

Environmental Studies

Program Contact

Frederic Beaudry

beaudry@alfred.edu

607-871-2634

Independent Research Projects

All our majors engage in independent undergraduate research projects as part of the Environmental Studies program. The topics of these projects vary greatly, depending on the interests of the students. We firmly believe that students learn by “doing” and incorporate hands-on, interactive learning in virtually all of our courses.

Industry-Leading Equipment

All students have access to a vast array of state-of-the-art field, laboratory, and computer equipment within the Environmental Studies Division as well as the other science and engineering departments on campus. This makes Alfred University's undergraduate program one of the best equipped in the country.

Internships & Research Assistantships

Faculty routinely hire undergraduates as interns or research assistants in the summer, allowing students to get even more experience with research projects and instrumentation. All these experiences prepare students for a variety of career opportunities and post-graduate education in fields related to the environment.

Water Analysis Equipment

Our labs are equipped with the following: ion chromatograph, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, capillary zone electrophoresis instrumentation.

Soil Analysis Equipment

We employ the following equipment for soil analysis: compaction meter, soil moisture collectors, various microscopes, extensive wet-laboratory equipment.

Field Sampling & Analysis

Featuring: “Hydrolab” for analyzing a variety of water parameters; sediment and water samplers, including two automated, programmable water samplers; flow meters; field dissolved oxygen, pH, and electrical conductivity meters; two boats.

GIS Equipment

The division features a fully-equipped Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory complete with two sub-meter scale Global Positioning Systems units, a dedicated GIS specialist, a 36-inch color plotter, and the latest version of the most frequently used GIS software.

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Environmental Studies, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

Core Courses:

  • ENVS 101 Environmental Studies I – Natural Science
  • ENVS 102 Environmental Studies II – Social Science
  • ENVS 205 Environmental Data Analysis
  • ENVS 206 Fieldcraft-Outdoor Proficiency
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to GIS
  • ENVS 240 Environmental Research Procedures I
  • ENVS 241 Environmental Research Procedures II
  • ENVS 360 Junior Seminar
  • ENVS 415 Natural Resource Management
  • ENVS 440 Environmental Research Planning
  • ENVS 490 Senior Seminar
  • ENVS 499 Senior Year Project
  • POLS 214 Politics and Environment

Breadth (choose one course from among the following):

  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth
  • PHYS 111 Introductory General Physics I
    or PHYS 125 Physics I

(choose two courses from among the following):

  • ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology and Disease
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 312 Environmental Economics
  • ENGL 293 Writers Gone Wild: Literature and the Environment
  • ENVS 201 Environmentalism
  • ENVS 204 Environmental History
  • ENVS 245 Spirituality and the Environment
  • HIST 308 Americans and Their Environment
  • PHIL 281 Ethics
  • POLS 345 International Environmental Politics
  • POLS 411 Bureaucracy

Natural Science emphasis electives (three courses - at least 11 credits - from among those listed, with no more than two 100-level courses):

  • BIOL 322 Botany
  • BIOL 354 Ecology
  • BIOL 356 Aquatic Ecology
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 310 Basic Organic Chemistry
    or CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 316 Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 321 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
  • ENVS 300 Special Topics
  • ENVS 330 Ornithology
  • ENVS 320 Advanced GIS Applications
  • ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • ENVS 357 Conservation Biology
  • GEOL 201 Surficial Geology
  • GEOL 301 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 307 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology
  • PHYS 112 Introductory General Physics II
    or PHYS 126 Physics II

Core Courses:

  • ENVS 101 Environmental Studies I – Natural Science
  • ENVS 102 Environmental Studies II – Social Science
  • ENVS 205 Environmental Data Analysis
    or POLS/SOCI 230 Introductory Data Analysis and Statistics
    or PSYC 220 Psychological Methods & Statistics
    or BUSI 113 Business Statistics
  • ENVS 206 Fieldcraft – Outdoor Proficiency
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to GIS
  • ENVS 240 Environmental Research Procedures I
  • ENVS 241 Environmental Research Procedures II
  • ENVS 360 Junior Seminar
  • ENVS 440 Environmental Research Planning
  • ENVS 490 Senior Seminar
  • ENVS 499 Senior Year Project
  • ENVS 415 Natural Resources Management
  • POLS 214 Politics and Environment

Breadth (choose one course from among the following):

  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth
  • PHYS 111 Introductory General Physics I
    or PHYS 125 Physics I

Social Science emphasis electives (16 credits from among the following):

  • ANTH 110 Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 310 Cultural Anthropology and Disease
  • ECON 201 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 312 Environmental Economics
  • ENGL 293 Writers Gone Wild: Literature and the Environment
  • ENVS 201 Environmentalism
  • ENVS 204 Environmental History
  • ENVS 245 Spirituality and the Environment
  • ENVS 320 Advanced GIS Applications
  • HIST 308 Americans and Their Environment
  • PHIL 281 Ethics
  • POLS 313 State and Local Politics
  • POLS 411 Bureaucracy
  • PSYC 282 Social Psychology

Core Courses:

  • ENVS 101 Environmental Studies I – Natural Science
  • ENVS 102 Environmental Studies II – Social Science
  • ENVS 205 Environmental Data Analysis
  • ENVS 206 Fieldcraft – Outdoor Proficiency
  • ENVS 220 Introduction to GIS
  • ENVS 240 Environmental Research Procedures I
  • ENVS 241 Environmental Research Procedures II
  • ENVS 360 Junior Seminar
  • ENVS 440 Environmental Research Planning
  • ENVS 490 Senior Seminar
  • ENVS 499 Senior Year Project
  • MATH 151 Calculus I

Breadth (choose four courses from among the following):

  • BIOL 150 Biological Foundations
  • CHEM 105 General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 106 General Chemistry II
  • GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth
  • MATH 152 Calculus II
  • PHYS 111 Introductory General Physics I
    or PHYS 125 Physics I
  • PHYS 112 Introductory General Physics II
    or PHYS 126 Physics II

Depth: (three courses - at least 11 credits - from among those listed)

  • BIOL 322 Botany
  • BIOL 354 Ecology
  • BIOL 356 Aquatic Ecology
  • CHEM 310 Basic Organic Chemistry
    or CHEM 315 Organic Chemistry
  • CHEM 321 Introduction to Analytical Chemistry
  • ENVS 300 Special Topics
  • ENVS 330 Ornithology
  • ENVS 357 Conservation Biology
  • ENVS 320 Advanced GIS Applications
  • ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry
  • GEOL 201 Surficial Geology
  • GEOL 464 Hydrogeology

Requirements for the Minor:

  • ENVS 101 Environmental Studies I – Natural Science
  • ENVS 102 Environmental Studies II – Social Science
  • ENVS 240 Environmental Research Procedures I
  • ENVS 241 Environmental Research Procedures II

Plus, 8 credits of electives, selected by the student and minor advisor, chosen from the lists of natural science and social science electives and integrated to meet the student’s objectives in environmental study.

Environmental Studies graduates have found interesting and rewarding employment in a wide range of
careers. The experience and qualifications acquired throughout their studies, research projects and
internships enable graduates to work as environmental professionals in government regulatory
departments, in private industry, and with private environmental consulting firms. Many of our graduates
continue on to graduate school.

Examples of recent graduates include:

  • Top Secret – Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Technician – Ravi Engineering Kenai Chache
  • Project Geologist – D.W. Kozera, Inc.
  • Jr. Environmental Analyst – SAIC
  • Environmental Health & Safety – Colgate University
  • Environmental Scientist – Haley’s Aldrich
  • Inventory Arborist- Davey Resource Group
  • Naturalist & Environmental Educator – Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
  • Environmental Affairs Assistant – Environmental Health & Safety, University of Nevada
  • Environmental Coordinator – C&W Environmental
  • Landscape Superintendent – L.C. Whitford Co.
  • Field Tech Inspector – Dresser Rand/C.M.E.
  • Lead Technician – University of Arizona, National Park Service
  • Water Quality Analyst – Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection

Faculty / Staff

Facilities

In addition to labs and classroom on our campus, Alfred University offers Environmental Studies students access to facilities off-campus. A hydrologic field laboratory, consisting of seven groundwater wells, which is fully instrumented to measure and record water levels, temperature, electrical conductivity, pressure, etc. is highly regarded in the study of hydrology and related fields. Additionally, Foster Lake, a 223-acre property consisting of the lake and surrounding forest, is used as a field laboratory for Environmental Studies classes and student research.

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