What is Environmental Studies?
Communicating About Science
Adjunt professor Christine O'Connell contributed her insights about the "Flame Challenge" to the Scientific American website.
Research at Adelphi
Beth Christensen was awarded an NSF RAPID grant to conduct research in our bays. She was also involved in Rapid Response research with University of Texas scientists.
» Learn more about Dr. Christensen's recent work.
Environmental Impact of
Sandy had an enormous impact on our lives, and our
environment. See some of the environmental impacts.
Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary field that combines scientific and humanistic approaches to the investigation of human interaction with the environment. The complexities of environmental issues present formidable intellectual challenges. Many of the scientific and technological aspects remain to be understood, and analysis of the interplay of cultural, economic, and political forces requires the thoughtful application of the social sciences and liberal arts.
The faculty of the Environmental Studies Department draw their expertise from a range of disciplines. They are committed to involving students fully in the multidisciplinary nature of environmental problems and searches for solutions. The environmental studies degree program’s curriculum provides an integrated foundation in both the social-political-cultural and the scientific-technical areas.
An environmental studies degree prepares students for a host of professions, for graduate work in environmental studies or the environmental sciences, or for a lifetime of environmentally aware citizenship.
Guides to Courses:
Undergraduate courses - Fall 2013 (PDF 76KB)
Graduate courses - Fall 2013/Spring 2014 (PDF 134KB)
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What Do You Need to Know?
Environmental studies is an area of knowledge that can lead you in many directions. What do you need to know, in order to enter this area and get a job?
- You need broad knowledge, based on social, natural and political sciences and economics, to understand the complexities of environmental issues and their possible solutions.
- You need to be fluent in written, spoken, and computer communications.
- You need an area of in-depth specialization within the broader Environmental Studies area. Specializations fall into two broad groups, environmental sciences and technology, and environmental policy and management.
- You need practical experience outside the classroom that you can get from internships and research on environmental matters.
- You need drive!
- To rise above the entry-level jobs available to most bachelors' degree holders, a masters' degree can help you to achieve:
- synthesis of base-level disciplines
- direct independent research experience
- upper level group problem-solving experience
- critical reading, communication, and writing skills
- vital testimony to your abilities to originate, organize, and conduct a complex environmental project
When considering our environmental studies degree curriculum and our faculty, you should engage as many areas of knowledge as thoroughly as you are capable of doing. Come to know both your strengths and your interests, and expand upon them. Take advantage of every possible opportunity.
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