About the Major (pdf)
The major provides a rigorous and broad-based interdisciplinary curriculum for highly motivated students.The initial orientation to environmental science begins with two years of fundamental courses covering several disciplines ranging from environmental law to environmental chemistry.
The last two years provide an in-depth specialization in one of four areas of concentration: aquatic ecology, terrestrial ecology, earth sciences and environmental chemistry. Aquatic ecology encompasses oceanography and Great Lakes’ issues, while student research in environmental chemistry and earth sciences considers “green-chemistry” alternatives, distribution and bioavailability of heavy metals in sewage sludge amended soils, and nutrient movement and recycling in watersheds.
The location of the Brockport campus to nearby deciduous forested woodlots, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge and Bergen Swamp allows numerous opportunities for students to study amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. Concentrations stress collaborative study with faculty, internships, and a hands-on approach while developing a working knowledge of sophisticated analytical instrumentation.
Housed in the newly renovated Lennon Hall, the Environmental Science program is surrounded by state of-the-art-classrooms, data analysis and visualization facilities and laboratories. The major is a challenging academic program that provides students new avenues for collegial collaboration across the science departments at Brockport, while strengthening the entire science curriculum.