Environmental Science and Policy Minor
Sustaining the natural world and the human condition will require an active, engaged, and informed population to address the critical environmental problems we face. Our program of study in Environmental Science and Policy focuses on educating broadly trained professionals who can apply critical, creative, and interdisciplinary thinking to understanding and generating sustainable solutions to local and global problems. ES&P professionals must approach problems from many perspectives and require an educational background that is firmly rooted in the Physical and Life Sciences as well as in Economics, Political Science, Social Sciences, and the Arts and Humanities.
Our program is designed to provide students with the theoretical and experiential foundation that prepares them for either graduate school or employment in environmental occupations in both public and private sectors. The program of study begins with an introductory course, followed by a selection of courses chosen from a wide variety of offerings including Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Geology, History, Physics, Political Science, Philosophy, and other relevant courses. Particular departments also may advise students to take courses relevant to the minor as part of the major requirements (see description of individual major departments).
Opportunities for students in the program include internships, off-campus courses, directed and independent studies, conferences, and summer research. Off-campus courses, in particular, offer unique and valuable opportunities for students interested in environmental issues, and include studies in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Hawaii, and Madagascar.
In addition to the curriculum, our location on the western edge of the Catskill Mountains near the headwaters of the Susquehanna River is favorable for field-based study of many ecosystems. Students in the program benefit from the Robert R. Smith Environmental Field Station on Hartwick's Pine Lake Environmental Campus, which has access to over 2,000 acres of mixed deciduous forests, lakes, swamps, and streams and is only eight miles from the main campus. Students interested in the minor should consult with Brian Hagenbuch, Coordinator of the ES&P program and Director of the Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
Peter Fauth, Ph.D
Department of Biology
Phone: 607-431- 4754
Sara R. Rinfret, Ph.D.
Department of Political Science