Students have the opportunity to study exotic environments as early as 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, the 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 scanning 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.
Many ESS majors are active in Le Moyne's chapter of FORCES (Friends of Recreation, Conservation and Environmental Stewardship), a program of the NYS Parks Department that supports conservation and educational outreach activities through internships.