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Environmental Studies


Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Welcome to Environmental Studies

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.

Le Moyne’s Environmental Studies program is 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.

Environmental Studies Courses and Requirements

If you would like to learn more about courses, requirements, and opportunities for the Environmental Studies major or minor, please see the Le Moyne College catalog.

Student Learning Goals

We believe that all students who graduate with a degree in environmental studies should be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. An understanding of the philosophy behind the scientific method as well as the function and use of hypotheses, observations, experimental controls, and data analysis.
  2. The ability to write, critically read and discuss scientific literature.
  3. A fundamental understanding of how the environment is controlled by the interactions of the biological, geological, physical and chemical systems of the Earth.
  4. An understanding of the diversity of life that exists on this planet, its classification and general evolutionary path.
  5. A basic understanding the origin of natural resources and how their exploitation affects the environment.
  6. A basic understanding of the ecological principles that govern the interaction between living things and their physical environment as well as the interactions between various life forms themselves.
  7. An understanding of how science both influences and is at the same time controlled by society.
  8. An appreciation of the impact that humans have had on our planet and the implications and responsibilities of such a continuing influence.
  9. The laboratory and field skills appropriate to the discipline.
After Graduation

Students graduating with a B.S. degree in Environmental Studies find opportunities for employment with local and regional planning boards, local and regional government, nongovernmental organizations, print or electronic media, and private sector business and industry. Alternatively, students may consider graduate study in environmental law, government policy, environmental marketing, or environment studies.

The director of the major is also 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.

Students whose interests are more focused on the scientific aspects of the environment, and who wish to conduct scientific research, should consider the B.S. degree in Environmental Science Systems. More information about this major, please visit the Environmental Science Systems web page.

Getting Involved: Student Environmental Coalition


The purpose of the Coalition is to foster an appreciation of the outdoors and an awareness of environmental problems through a variety of outdoor activities and environmentally concerned events. Participation in outdoor events is stressed. Membership is open to all members of the Le Moyne College community

Program Director

Lawrence Tanner, Ph.D.

Professor, Environmental Science Systems
Department of Biological Sciences
Director, Center for the Study of Environmental Change
Global Environment: Iceland; Global Environment: Galapagos; Global Ecosystems: Costa Rica; Global Ecosystems: North America; Physical Geology; Earth's Surface; Global Systems Science
View Dr. Tanner's Bio
View Dr. Tanner's web page
Center for the Study of Environmental Change

Get in Touch

Contact the Program Director:

Dr. Lawrence Tanner


(315) 445-4537


Contact the Progam:

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


(315) 445-4537