Environmental Studies (BS, BA)

Program Overview

The environmental studies degree program aims to help students find solutions to critical environmental problems our society faces — from global warming to species extinction, from water contamination to soil erosion — through interdisciplinary study of academic fields in both the natural and social sciences.

Students who major in environmental studies select a specialization in ecosystems, earth sciences, environmental chemistry, public policy and law, environmental planning, ecological anthropology or environmental economics. BA degrees are available for all specializations, while BS degrees are available in only ecosystems, earth sciences and environmental chemistry. Students can also design their own specialization in consultation with a major advisor.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Environmental Studies
  • BA in Environmental Studies

Concentrations/Tracks

  • BA in Environmental Studies: Earth Sciences and Natural Resources
  • BS in Environmental Studies: Earth Sciences and Natural Resources
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Ecosystems
  • BS in Environmental Studies: Ecosystems
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Environmental Anthropology
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Environmental Chemistry
  • BS in Environmental Studies: Environmental Chemistry
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Environmental Economics
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Environmental Planning
  • BS in Environmental Studies: Public Policy

Internships, research opportunities and more

  • Internship opportunities are available at a variety of local agencies such as the Broome County Health Department and Binghamton University Nature Preserve.
  • Students can intern in their hometown, county, state and federal agencies such as the National Park Service or the EPA, or with nonprofit groups.
  • Students also have numerous opportunities to work in the field. Students do fieldwork as part of labs, discussion section or research projects.
  • There are also fieldwork opportunities in other countries such as through study abroad in Costa Rica.

Coursework

Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers, including research in environmental science, positions within advocacy groups or consulting firms, environmental law and environmental education. There are opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Some students choose to pursue graduate or professional studies.