B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science

Environmental Science

As we are faced with an increasing number of environmental challenges—climate change, air pollution, water and soil contamination, resource depletion, energy shortages, land degradation and loss of biodiversity—addressing environmental problems from a scientific perspective is increasingly important. Training the next generation of environmental scientists is a critical mission for the University at Albany.

The Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science. Graduates with this concentration will be well qualified for a broad range of employment within the highly interdisciplinary field of environmental science. The demand for environmental scientists and related specialists is anticipated to remain strong in the foreseeable future (see http://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/environmental-scientists-and-specialists.htm). Additionally, graduates with this degree are well prepared to consider advanced degrees in the sciences, or other fields such as business administration (M.B.A.) or law (J.D.). Our faculty members are engaged in world-class research focused on a wide variety of aspects within the earth system, including research on planetary, atmospheric, hydrologic, cryospheric and terrestrial processes. Our students study atmospheric, biologic and ecologic aspects of environmental science, with some electing training in computer mapping and Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Degree Options Designed for Your Interests

There are four distinct specializations within this major concentration: Ecosystems, Climate Change, Geography, and Sustainability Science and Policy. Each area represents an emphasis within the overall program that would best match a student’s interest and desired career path. For example, those most interested in studying the climate–environment system would opt for Climate Change, while those seeking careers in land use planning and geographic information systems might opt for Geography, and students keen on aspects of biological processes and ecology would select Ecosystems.

We encourage all of our students to secure internships with environmental consulting firms or a local, state or federal agency. Students can earn credit for the internship and gain valuable working experience with a potential future employer. Students graduating with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Environmental Science have a competitive advantage in the job market for positions that require work experience, a solid scientific background and advanced quantitative skills.

Take the Next Step

Learn more about the details of the program or learn how to apply as an undergraduate to the University at Albany. For detailed information about the program download the Environmental Science Undergraduate Program Brochure.