The Environmental Science degree offers you a foundation in the biological, physical and social sciences as well as additional elective courses that explore environmental issues. The curriculum integrates theoretical concepts, policy analysis and laboratory experience.
Many of the courses also provide students with hands-on field studies. Environmental internships/co-op programs also may be arranged for motivated, high achieving students.
This is primarily a transfer-oriented program, which prepares students to continue their education in an environmental discipline and ultimately pursue a related career.
This program is offered by the Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department.
Entrance and Course Requirements
- Environmental Science students have taken advantage of opportunities for out-of-class study with researchers and professionals in the field. Past experiences have included: tern research on Great Gull Island; winter bald eagle surveys along the Hudson River; data collection and compilation of moose population size in New York State; and wood turtle research in Rensselaer County.
- The college has several natural areas available for environmental studies, including an on-campus 25-acre deciduous forest with stream, wetland, upland succession field communities and nature trail; a nearby 30-acre reforested parcel that borders the Wynantskill Creek and a 63-acre site of forest land that includes the summit of Bald Mountain in Rensselaer County.
- Hudson Valley Community College provides the appropriate course work for the first year of the Forest Technology Program. The second year is spent at the Wanakena Ranger School, and an Associate Degree is granted through SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.
Career and Transfer Opportunities
The field of environmental science has grown rapidly, with professionals needed in a variety of sectors: government agencies; non-governmental organizations; academia and private businesses. Professionals are needed who understand the complexity of interactions between human societies and natural systems.
Recent graduates have continued their education at the University at Albany, SUNY ESF, SUNY Plattsburgh and Paul Smith's College.
Salaries vary based on position and degree attainment. Here are median salaries taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (as of 2015): Environmental Science and Protection Technician, $43,030; Environmental Scientist/Specialist, $67,460; Environmental Engineering Technician, $48,650.
The Center for Careers and Transfer offers Career Services and Transfer Services to all students.
For more information regarding this program, please contact:
Peter A. Schaefer, Ph.D.
Biology, Chemistry and Physics Department
Science Center, Suite 319
For more information about admission to this program, please contact:
Guenther Enrollment Services Center, Room 223