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
Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major offered through the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. 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.
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. For more information about this major, please visit the Environmental Science Systems web page. The director of the Environmental Studies major is also the director of Environmental Science Systems.
For students majoring in environmental fields, we provide the core sciences that demonstrate the essential linkages between the Earth’s systems that control the environment. Students majoring in environmental science systems (ESS) receive a rigorous scientific training that prepares them for work in industry or graduate study. Those majoring in environmental studies (ENS) undertake extensive studies in government, policy and economics in preparation for study or employment in these fields.
For students who major in something other than the natural sciences, we provide a discussion of how science works while attempting to capture the excitement that comes from answering a question that was previously unanswered. Specifically, we seek to use environmental science as an example of how science may provide some of the understanding necessary to deal with the present and future social and cultural problems facing human societies.
Student Learning Goals
Students who graduate with a degree in environmental studies will:
- Learn the fundamental scientific aspects of the natural environment.
- Come to understand the relationship between the natural environment and human society.
- Learn the operation of regulatory systems.
- Acquire skills in analyzing and communicating technical information.
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.