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    Why Study Environmental Science Systems at Le Moyne?

    If you would like to study the complex systems that make Earth hospitable to the more than 7.6 billion of us who call it home, the environmental science systems major is an ideal fit for you. This multidisciplinary major incorporates biology, chemistry, and geology and introduces students to the economic, social and political pressures on the environment. Students learn about everything from social composition and structure, to carbon cycling, to the ecological effects of climate change. Environmental science systems majors may choose to concentrate in pre-engineering if they wish to pursue a career in environmental engineering. In addition, students can pursue field experiences during their first year by taking courses on the ecology of Costa Rica and Arizona. Through internships at environmental and biotech companies, environmental science systems majors develop professional experiences and connections.

    Program Highlights

    Students have the chance to undertake field research in their first year through introductory courses that travel to Arizona or Costa Rica. Students can conduct independent research projects on such topics as soil composition and structure, carbon cycling, ecological effects of climate change, or forest succession. In laboratory courses and independent research, students can work in Le Moyne’s laboratory facilities, which feature modern instruments, including advanced optical and electron microscopes, an X-ray diffractometer and a carbon/nitrogen analyzer for soils and rocks. Faculty members in natural systems, biology, and chemistry serve as mentors for majors conducting their research projects. In addition, students are encouraged to seek internships with local environmental and biotech companies.


    Our Stories
    Photo Morgan Nivison

    Morgan Nivison

    / 2015

    "I love research trips and traveling,”

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    Photo Amanda Klaben

    Amanda Klaben

    / 2017

    The name probably conjures up an image of Darwin.

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    Photo Kylee Wilson

    Kylee Wilson

    / 2017

    I was given the opportunity to fulfill a childhood dreamc.

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    Careers

    Students majoring in environmental science systems receive a rigorous scientific training that prepares them for work in industry or graduate study.  Graduates in environmental science systems can seek employment in:
    • Environmental testing and remediation
    • Environmental engineering
    • Environmental compliance (in private industry)
    • Federal, state and local environmental agencies
    • Urban and regional planning 
    • Insurance and financial sectors
    • Jouornalism, law


    Degrees

    Majors
    B.S. in Environmental Science Systems
    B.S. in Environmental Science Systems with a Concentration
    in Pre-Engineering

    Minor
    Minor in Environmental Science Systems

    Learn more in our Academic Catalog

    Global Ecosystems: Costa Rica

    Global Ecosystems: Costa Rica

    Understanding the function of ecosystems around the world, particularly those that exist within a sensitive climatic balance, is important for all students. This introductory course offers students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of evolution, ecology and earth science culminating in a two-week field experience in Costa Rica. Students will explore floral and faunal diversity, high-altitude (cloud) and low-altitude (rain) forests, highland and lowland soils, the types and effects of volcanic activity in an active volcanic arc, and the operation of coastal processes on a geologically young coastline.
    Avalanche at Arenal Volcano Spider Monkey near EARTH University

    Global Ecosystems: North America

    Global Ecosystems: North America

    This intro-level field course offers students the opportunity to study the fundamentals of ecosystem and earth science, with specific reference to North America. This study involves comparison of the Adirondacks and low and high-altitude deserts of Arizona. Field-based learning activities examine the geological and ecological processes that determine the structure and function of these two systems.

    Earth's Global Environment: Iceland

    Understanding Earth’s ecological environment requires study of the delicate balance between geological, biological, climatologic and anthropogenic processes. This introductory course offers students the opportunity to study these fundamental processes in Iceland, a country where the fragile nature of this environment, and the processes that shape it, are readily observed.
    Ecological research at the Skaftafell National Park 

    Earth's Global Environment: Galapagos

    Earth's Global Environment: Galapagos

    This introductory course offers you the opportunity to study the delicate balance between geological, biological, climatologic and anthropogenic processes in shaping the Earth environment and controlling the process of evolution. The Galapagos are a unique locale where the fragile nature of the environment, the processes that shape it, and the unique nature of its inhabitants are readily observed. Additionally, the historic significance of this locale in the development of one of the most fundamental of all scientific theories will be explored fully.


    Get in Touch

    Contact the Program Director:

    Dr. Lawrence Tanner


    PHONE:

    (315) 445-4537


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    Contact the Program:

    Science Center Addition 210
    Department of Biological Sciences
    Le Moyne College
    1419 Salt Springs Road
    Syracuse, NY 13214


    PHONE:

    (315) 445-4537


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