Welcome to the
Environmental Studies Program
Critical issues facing our society today—from global warming to species extinction, water contamination to soil erosion—are environmental in nature. Finding solutions to these problems will require interdisciplinary efforts that bridge traditional academic fields such as political science and ecology. The Environmental Studies Program at Binghamton is designed to foster an understanding of the relationships of humans with the environment. The premise of environmental studies is that effective environmental policy must be based on a solid understanding of science and that scientists working on environmental problems must understand the policy and economic framework in which their science will be applied.
You should become a part of the Environmental Studies Program if you care about environmental issues and want to save the world! Equally well, you should become a part of the program if you are interested in learning more about environmental law and policy, or about how ecosystems work in the context of human intervention, or about how costs and benefits can be calculated, or about how groundwater gets contaminated and what we can do about it.
Director of Environmental Studies Program: Joseph R. Graney (email him).
For queries regarding declaration of an Environmental major or minor, major advising, and counting AP Environmental Science credit for BU's General Education lab science requirement, see Joyce Kruger-Knuepfer (email her).
Petitioning into or Changing Sections in Closed Envi Studies Courses. Envi Studies courses commonly close during the pre-registration period, and we then place an Instructor's Permission limit on it. If you are interested in petitioning into a course, or in changing sections, please fill out the petition form in its entirety and drop off at the Environmental Studies office (S1-150). You can get the form here or at the office.