Sep 15, 2019  
Spring 2019 Update 
Spring 2019 Update [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Studies: Undergraduate

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Brian Wygal, Interim Chair
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Anagnostis Agelarakis, Anthropology
Raysa Amador, Languages, International Studies
Regina Axelrod, Political Science
John P. Dooher, Physics
Martin H. Garrell, Physics

Associate Professors
Jonna Coombs, Biology
David Gleicher, Economics
Matthias Foellmer, Biology
Katie Laatikainen, Political Science, International Studies
Mariano Torras, Economics
Andrea Ward, Biology
Justyna Widera, Chemistry

Assistant Professors
Michael D’Emic, Biology
Jessica Dutton, Environmental Studies
Aaren Freeman, Biology

Visiting Assistant Professor
Ruth Coffey, Environmental Studies

Ryan Ehrhart

Professor Emeritus

Anthony Cok, Environmental Studies



Environmental Studies places science and technology into a cultural and social context to address some of the most pressing issues of our time: climate change, sustainability, loss of biodiversity, marine pollution, toxins in our environment, energy conservation. Our students have the opportunity to weave scientific knowledge gained in our environmental, marine and other earth science courses, as well as related sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), with problems and solutions encountered in policy, anthropology, philosophy, and many other courses. Many of our courses are focused on local field sites in the South Shore Estuary, and we offer field experiences in Australia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and on Long Island. Our students gain valuable vocational experience through internships and are well served by our strong alumni network.

Transfer Students

Transfer students at any level are accepted into the Environmental Studies Program. The number of credits and courses that are transferable will be determined on an individual basis. Students transferring from an accredited four-year college must spend at least two semesters in residence at the University working toward a degree in environmental studies. Community college students must complete two years in residence working toward a degree in environmental studies.


A variety of curricular options are available to students interested in both business and environmental studies programs, including faculty-led field study in Australia.

STEP Students and Earth Sciences

Students interested in secondary education certification for the earth sciences should register for our courses under the Earth Sciences listing and EAS (0112) designation.

STEP students should consult with an earth sciences adviser, taking 30 credits in earth science subject matters, 8 credits of which must be taken as follows:

Please consult our advisers and check our Web site, for current information.

Emergency Management Program

Qualified Environmental Studies Program seniors may take selected courses in the Emergency Management Program toward their degree requirements. Students should refer to the Emergency Management Program description in University College and consult with their adviser.

Honors in Environmental Studies

The standards for Departmental Honors are a 3.5 GPA in environmental studies/earth science courses and completion of an environmental studies seminar with a grade of B or better.


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