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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

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.

Mission Statement

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.

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.

Our Next Natural Science Seminar

Upcoming Seminars
Friday, October 21

L. Jamie Lamit, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Technological University
"What's hidden in the bog?: Uncovering microbial diversity in the world's peatlands through high-throughput DNA sequencing"

Peatlands (bogs and fens) are characterized by accumulations of organic matter. This is due to water-saturated conditions that create an imbalance between the slow rate of decomposition and faster rate of primary production. These systems store a disproportionately large percentage of the earth's soil carbon relative to the area they occupy. However, the carbon storage capacity of peatlands is vulnerable to increasing droughts associated with climate change and direct anthropogenic disturbances. My work in these systems involves characterizing the relationships of fungi, as well as bacteria and archaea, to these global change factors.

Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm
Click here for the full schedule of Fall 2016 Natural Science seminars.

Natural Science Seminar Series

Presentations by invited guests and Le Moyne faculty and students

Join us to learn about the active science research programs at Le Moyne and beyond. Speakers include Le Moyne faculty members and students, as well as researchers and scientists from other colleges and universities and the private sector.

Sponsored by the natural science departments. For more information, contact Dr. Emily Ledgerwood.

Seminars are held on Friday afternoons in the Science Center Addition, Room 100, 3:30-4:30pm

Friday, September 16

Ronald Calvo, Naturalist and Adventure Tour Guide, Coasts and Mountain Adventures
"Geological Evolution and Biodiversity of Costa Rica"

Friday, September 23

Tim Coles, Ph.D., Project Director and Founder, Operation Wallacea
“Quantifying Biodiversity in Tropical Rainforests and Reefs- How Can I Help?”

Friday, October 7

Faculty Members, Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences
"Travel Courses in Biological and Environmental Sciences: Upcoming Experiential Learning Opportunities Around the World”

Friday, October 14

Brian Wilson, '17, Le Moyne College
"In Situ Crystallography: Growing X-Ray Quality Crystals"
James Gayvert, '17, Le Moyne College
"Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polymer Solutions in an Explicit Solvent"

Friday, October 21

L. Jamie Lamit, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Michigan Technological University
"What's hidden in the bog?: Uncovering microbial diversity in the world's peatlands through high-throughput DNA sequencing"

Friday, October 28

Thaddeus Sim, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Business Analytics, Le Moyne College
"Nature Inspired Techniques for Solving Business and Societal Problems"

Friday, November 4

Caitlin Miller, Visiting Assistant Professor, Le  Moyne College and Research Scientist, AptaMatrix, Inc
"Acyclic Identification of Aptamers"

Friday, November 11

George V. Coyne, S.J., McDevitt Chair of Physics, Le Moyne College
"Gravitational Waves and Einstein's Curves"

Friday, December 2

Gianno Pannafino, '17, Le Moyne College

"Disruption of RNA Polymerase I Complex Integrity in Craniofacial Disorder Treacher Collins Syndrome"

Friday, December 9

Student Research Presentations

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

Larry Tanner
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 and Environmental Sciences
Le Moyne College
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214


(315) 445-4537


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