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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies

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Students may enter the Bachelor of Science program as first-year students or as transfer students. Students who are preparing to transfer to ESF as juniors must have earned at least 60 credits of college coursework, in courses comparable to the lower-division course requirements as noted below.

In the first two years of the program, students develop a foundation in the social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences as they relate to environmental affairs. During that time, students also fulfill SUNY general education requirements and take some open elective courses.

Option Areas

In the final two years of the program, students must select one of three specializations called Option Areas.

Environment, Communication and Society

This option focuses on how communication and social systems influence environmental affairs and shape our perceptions of the non-human world. It addresses the subjects of rhetoric and discourse; news media; public participation; advocacy campaigns; collaboration; conflict resolution; risk communication; social processes; and representations of nature in literature and popular culture.

Environmental Policy, Planning and Law

This option is concerned with how environmental policies, plans, and laws from the local to the global are created, implemented and contested. It emphasizes legislative, regulatory, and collaborative approaches to addressing environmental issues.

Natural Systems Applications

This option is designed for students interested in the interface between biology and socio-economic issues. It provides an emphasis on natural systems and their interactions with societal issues ranging from education to habitat management.


Lower Division Environmental Studies Core Courses

Course Number Course Codes * Credits
APM 103
APM 104
APM 105
Applied Algebra & Trigonometry

College Algebra & PreCalculus

Survey Of Calc & Appl I
G 3


EFB 100
EFB 101
EFB 102
Survey of Biology

Gen Bio I:Organismal Bio&Ecol

General Biology I Laboratory
G 4


EFB 103
EFB 104
EST 231
Gen Bio II:Cell Bio & Genetics

General Biology II Laboratory

Environmental Geology
G 3


EFB 120 The Global Envirnmnt & Society G 3
ESF 200 Information Literacy 1
EST 132 Orientation Seminar:EST 1
EST 133 Intro to Environmental Studies 3
EST 221 Intro/American Government 3
EST 245 Foundations/Envrn Communicatn 3
EST 255 Research Methods/Envrn Studies 3
EWP 190 Writing And The Envrnment G 3
EWP 220 Public Presentation Skills 2 - 3
EWP 290 Research Writing & Humanities G 3
FCH 110
FCH 111
FCH 150
FCH 151
Survey of Chemical Principles

Survey/Chemical Principles Lab

General Chemistry I

General Chemistry I Lab
G G G 3



FOR 207 Introduction To Economics G 3

Lower Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
General Education Course in one of the following categories: US History
& Civic Engagement, The Arts, World History and Global Awareness,
World Languages
G 3
General Education Course in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice G 3
Directed Electives   27
Open Electives   18

Upper Division Environmental Studies Core Courses

Course Number Course Codes * Credits
APM 391 Intro/Probability&Stats G 3
EFB 320
FOR 232
EST 220
FOR 442
LSA 321
General Ecology

Natural Resources Ecology

Urban Ecology

Watershed Ecology & Management

Ecol Appl/Plng & Design




EST 321 Government & Environment 3
EST 361 History/Am Envrn Movement G 3
EST 494 Sr. Seminar in Envrn Studies 1
EWP 407 Writing/Env & Sci Professionls 3
Senior Synthesis

Upper Division Electives

Course Codes* Credits
Upper Division Computing OR Natural Science Course    


Environment, Communication and Society Option

Course Number Course Codes * Credits
EST 390 Social Processes & Envrn 3
EST 395 Public Communcatn/Science&Tech 3
EST 493 Envrn Comm Workshop 3
Choose two of the following five courses: EWP 495, EWP 420, ESF 300, EFB 417, EFB 312 6
Option Courses (Including 3 credits in Methods) 15

Environmental Policy, Planning and Law Option

Course Number Course Codes * Credits
EST 550 Envrn Impact Analysis 3
Method Courses 6
Law Option Courses 3
Planning Option Courses 3
Environmental Policy/Planning/Law Option Courses 15

Natural Systems Applications Option

Course Codes* Credits
Field Methods GIS (Required)   3
Field Methods Scientific Breadth   3
Natural Applications Suboptions Natural Systems   3
Natural Applications Suboptions Environmental Quality   3
Social Science Policy or law courses   9
Social Science Communication courses   6
Social Science Critical Issues in the Environment   3


Total Minimum Credits For Degree: 122-125 (total credits must include a minimum of 51 credit hours at the 300 level or above)