Environmental Science & Policy Minor

Environmental issues demand our best research and thinking.

Sustaining the natural world and human condition will require an active, engaged, and informed population capable of addressing critical environmental problems.

Hartwick’s environmental science and policy minor educates broadly-trained professionals who can apply critical, creative, and interdisciplinary thinking to make a difference in local and global issues.

Where a minor in environmental science and policy can take you.

Students take a mix of courses in the natural, physical, and social sciences. The ES&P Scholars Program offers financial awards for students to engage in research at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, internships, and international study.

A closer look.

The Smith Environmental Field Laboratory at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus offers students research opportunities on more than 2,000 acres of ecologically significant forest habitat. ES&P students have conducted research and internships with New York State Parks, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, Cornell University, Stony Creek Farm, Operation Wallacea, and others.

Beyond the basic.

January Term courses offer valuable off-campus immersion opportunities for students interested in environmental issues while studying in the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Arizona, Thailand, and Madagascar.

Putting environmental science and policy to work.

Environmental science and policy minors are employed in wide variety of interesting fields, and many go on to study at the most prestigious graduate schools in the nation.

Meet the environmental science & policy faculty.

Our distinguished faculty are dedicated to giving tomorrow’s scientific professionals the tools to make an impact the moment they graduate.

Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology and Chemistry
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
James Buthman
Assistant Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Amy Forster Rothbart
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science & Department Co-chair of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of expertise:
Comparative politics and international relations, Russian, East European and Central Asian studies, international environmental policy.


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