B.S. Environmental Studies
Director: Lawrence Tanner
The “Green” movement is now touching almost every facet of our society – business, education, economics, government, religion – all are being reshaped before our eyes to conform to a new social/environmental paradigm. It is absolutely essential that the individuals who make the decisions that shape our society understand the implications of society on the environment, and vice versa, and these individuals should be Le Moyne graduates fulfilling the mission of the College.
Environmental issues and problems arise at the interface of complex human and natural systems, and addressing them requires a synergistic combination of scientific, social, and cultural knowledge. Addressing these issues and problems also requires scientific, social and cultural skills. The program described below has been designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms of society, as well as the scientific foundations of environmental science. The goal of the program is to train students to draw on their knowledge in one area to consider problems in another. Students need to understand the scientific basis of environmental issues just as much as the workings of the government agencies that have the power to address these issues. It is only through acquiring this interdisciplinary knowledge and skill-set that students can be prepared to work for a more ecologically sustainable and socially just world.
We expect students graduating with the Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies to find opportunities for employment with:
• local and regional planning boards,
• local and regional government,
• nongovernmental organizations,
• print or electronic media,
• private sector business and industry
Alternatively, students may consider graduate study in environmental law, government policy, environmental marketing or environment studies. Potentially, this program could lead to the development of an articulation agreement with SUNY-ESF for graduate study in the Department of Environmental Studies, similar to that recently announced between Le Moyne and SU for graduate study in engineering.
Students whose interests are more focused on the scientific aspects of the environment, and who wish to conduct scientific research, should consider the major in Environmental Science Systems (Bachelor of Science). Information about the Environmental Science Systems major can be found by clicking here.
The director of the major is the director of Environmental Science Systems; however, because of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, curricular oversight is shared with the Department of Biological Sciences.