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Undergraduate Programs

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 fish_classLakes’ 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.




Contact: Deborah Dilker,

Department Secretary


Phone: (585) 395-5975

Last Updated 3/26/14


Dr. Chris Norment has had his fourth book of creative nonfiction accepted for publication by the University of North Carolina Press. Tentatively entitled "In the Fullness of Time," the book interweaves memoir with an exploration of issues related to the evolution and conservation of rare and endangered species in the Death Valley region. The book will be published in 2014.


Environmental Seminars:    

‘A Population Study and Management Suggestions for the Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) at Fort Drum, NY’

Ariel Kirk

Defense Thesis Seminar

Wednesday, Aug 20th

Noon to 1:00 PM

Lennon Hall, room 218

‘Habitat selection by calling amphibians breeding in stormwater ponds: ecology, models, and management implications’

John Bateman

Defense Thesis Seminar

Thursday, Aug 21st

1:30 to 2:30 PM

Lennon Hall, room 218


Dept of Env Sci & Bio Hours: 

Monday-Friday, 8am - 3pm

Secretary: Deb Dilker

Contact: 585.395.5975