WHY STUDY ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES?
Our campus is the perfect place to study the natural environment because it is surrounded by nature: the Allegheny River, Allegheny National Forest, Allegany State Park and the Tunungwant Creek (affectionately called The Tuna), which runs along the southern end of campus.
WHAT WILL I LEARN?
You’ll examine many local and regional issues, including water quality, forestry, conservation, game management, local agriculture, energy exploration, and alternative and emerging energies. You’ll also study global environmental concerns such as natural resource management, ocean health and food scarcity.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE IN ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES?
When you graduate, you'll be prepared for many types of jobs related to the environment. You can study it. Clean it. Manage it. Write stories about it. Even create laws to protect it. Or, you can take what you've learned and go to graduate school.
- Biological sciences technician
- Environmental scientist
- Operations assistant
- Field technician
- Quality assistant
- Law enforcement ranger
- Field researcher
- GIS specialist
- Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Forest Service
- Spectra Energy
- Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- Wellington Energy
- U.S. Navy
- Recycling plants
- Mining industry
- Consulting firm
PHIL 1445Course 1 NameEnvironmental EthicsCourse 1 DescriptionBasic concepts in environmental ethics such as environmental aesthetics, anthropocentricism, holism, and the role of economic systems will be considered and then applied to contemporary issues such as pollution, wilderness preservation, environmental justice, human predation and domestication of animals, and biomedical research. Questions concerning both theory and practice will be addressed, while at the same time recognizing the importance of understanding the historical and cultural contexts of each. Fundamental ethical theory will be covered - no knowledge of ethics or philosophy is presupposed. While the course does not seek to advocate any particular environmental policy its intention is to develop in students the ability to reach informed and reasoned conclusions concerning environmental policy, and to effectively defend such positions.
PS 1367Course 2 NameEnvironmental PoliticsCourse 2 DescriptionA multidisciplinary general education course designed at an introductory level. This course provides students with comprehensive knowledge of the organizations, interests, and processes that shape environmental policy. It explores the local, regional, and global dimensions of the most critical environmental problems and issues facing policy makers today, including land-use management, energy conservation, acid rain, lead poisoning, indoor air pollution (radon pollution), ozone depletion, waste management, waste dumping in the ocean, deforestation worldwide, habitat destruction, and global warming.
ECON 1307Course 3 NameEconomics Of Energy & EnvironmentCourse 3 DescriptionThe course will examine the role of energy in economic development, models of efficient energy management, OPEC behavior and world oil crisis. Coverage extends into environmental issues (air pollution, solid waste, acid rain) and government policies.
ENG 0218Course 4 NameIntro To Literature & EnvironmentCourse 4 DescriptionAn introduction to some of the ways nature and the environment have been represented in poetry, fiction, film, and essays. Students will read some of the major literary statements about the environment by such writers as Alto Leopold, John Muri, Henry David Thoreau, William and Dorothy words worth, and others. The course will also look at nature writing as an exploration of religious, ethical, aesthetic, and other human concerns not obviously related to the non-human world.
I like the natural beauty of campus and the many outdoor opportunities.Stephanie Wohlers, a double major in environmental studies and biology from Batavia, NY