Environmental Sustainability Major

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Richard Dennison presents at SURC 2018
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About the Major

Are you interested in developing solutions to challenges the world faces in dealing with global climate change, loss of biodiversity, resource consumption and depletion, toxic pollutants and water shortages? From the natural sciences to the social sciences, from collecting field data to addressing administrative policies – our Environmental Sustainability majors will be on the forefront of solving today’s and tomorrow’s environmental problems.

Curriculum

SUNY Oneonta’s interdisciplinary major in Environmental Sustainability will prepare you to collaboratively and creatively develop solutions to the pressing environmental challenges the world faces. You’ll also learn about issues related to environmental justice and creating sustainable cities and sustainable food and transportation systems.

Course Topics Include

Below are some of the courses available to Environmental Sustainability majors. View the full list of Environmental Sustainability courses.

  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Environmental Issues
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Biology II: Ecology and Evolution
  • Introduction to Statistics
  • Sustaining Water
  • Science of Natural Disasters

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Department of Geography & Environmental Sustainability 
317 Milne Library
607-436-3459

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Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential learning is a key part of the Environmental Sustainability program, and it is incorporated into many courses. A recent example would be when students took a five-day field trip along the Hudson River during a cross-disciplinary course in geography, environmental sustainability and philosophy.

Environmental Sustainability majors are required to take at least three semester hours of environmentally-themed study abroad, research with a faculty member, service learning or an internship.

In recent years, faculty from the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability have taken students Guatemala, where they worked with the local community to develop sustainable ways to improve the water quality in an ailing lake, and to New Orleans, where they helped with a wetlands restoration project in the Mississippi River Delta

Green Dragon Week

Every April, the university’s Office of Sustainability coordinates a Green Dragon Week that showcases the campus’s commitment to sustainability through events and activities. Events include documentary screenings, faculty presentations, guest speakers, panel discussions, contests and a local park cleanup.

    Student Clubs and Organizations

    Alumni Profile

    Amy Shultis
    Alumni
    Growing up in Oneonta with a mother who worked as a nurse and a father who loved exploring the wilderness, Amy Shultis knew early on that she wanted a career helping people and the environment. After taking three sustainability-focused, faculty-led trips to Guatemala, Japan and New Orleans while a student at SUNY Oneonta, she realized she could pursue both passions with a career as an environmental scientist.

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