Environmental Studies Department
Science. Society. Stewardship. The St. Lawrence Environmental Studies department is home to curious, passionate problem solvers. We ask big questions and explore how what’s happening in the natural world ties into the health of our society.
Rooted in an interdisciplinary environmental studies core, our program provides you with endless ways to customize a degree path that fits your interests. Interested in science journalism or nature writing? Combine environmental studies with English. Passionate about policy? Pursue a second major in government or economics.
As you explore the course options below, imagine the many ways you can make a positive impact on the world through your academic experience and future career.
The environmental studies major is flexible. Choose from a wide selection of required and elective courses that meet your passions, interests and career goals.
The stand-alone major (B.A.) serves students who wish to concentrate their efforts in environmental studies. This major is tailored to individual interests, as well as the integrative, interdisciplinary approaches of environmental studies.
In addition, environmental studies, in conjunction with other departments, has created 10 combined majors, allowing students to integrate substantial efforts in traditional disciplines with environmental studies. These majors are designed for students who wish to acquire expertise in another department while still benefiting from the integrative approaches of environmental studies.
Environmental Studies Degrees (B.A.)
Environmental studies, in conjunction with other departments, has created 10 combined majors, allowing students to integrate substantial efforts in traditional disciplines with environmental studies. These majors are designed for students who wish to acquire expertise in another department while still benefiting from the integrative approaches of environmental studies.
Environmental Science Degrees (B.S.)
Environmental Studies Learning Goals:
- Students will gain capacity to analyze and evaluate how human activities influence the environmental on local, regional and (and/or) global scales
- Understand the underlying scientific basis for existing and emerging environmental issues
- Utilize interdisciplinary approaches appropriate for the complexity of environmental issues and their solutions
- Learn how the scientific understanding of environmental issues is translated into environmental policy and b) be able to assess the effectiveness of those policies and their implementation.
- Understand the evolution of environmental thought as a basis for the contemporary environmental movement
- Recognize justice and sustainability as key elements in environmental decisions and understand the patterns of unequal responsibility for environmental degradation
- Develop the capacity to conduct research and communicate findings to enhance public understanding and to contribute to environmental problem-solving
- Cultivate a personal environmental ethic that includes advocacy for environmental stewardship
Our Facilities & Learning Spaces
As an environmental studies major at St. Lawrence, you will learn and discover in many places, including:
- Living Lab
- Environmental Studies laboratory
- Locations around our 1,000-acre campus
- Sites all around the North Country
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