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Environmental Studies and Sciences

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Environmental Studies and Sciences

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About Environmental Studies and Sciences

Understanding environmental issues requires an interdisciplinary approach that integrates the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the arts. Protecting and improving our environment requires an ability to solve problems and communicate on multiple levels. Environmental Studies and Sciences students are immersed in the complexities of environmental issues through both classroom and experiential learning, locally and abroad. Whether you choose the Social and Cultural Perspectives track or the Environmental Science track, you will graduate with multifaceted problem-solving skills necessary to frame, analyze, and offer realistic solutions to environmental challenges. ES majors go onto top graduate schools in the sciences, public policy, and law, and careers with nonprofits, consulting groups, governmental agencies, and educational institutions.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Field Studies in Environmental Science
  • Literature and the Environment: Muir, Leopold, and Berry
  • The Politics of Food
  • Introduction to Public Health
  • Business and the Natural Environment
  • Conservation and Use of Forested Landscapes
  • Oceanography

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Recent faculty-student research projects: Aghan Women in Leadership Positions: Activism and Local Economic Development; To Find the Animals, Map the Plants; Family Feuds: Diversity Matters for Plants Too; Baby It's Hot Outside; Nutrient Uptake and Decomposition Rates of Cottonwood and Maple Leaves in Artificial Stream Channels

Recent internships: American Farmland Trust, New York office; Association for Protection of the Adirondacks; Saratoga County Soil and Water Office; Dionondehowa Wildlife Sanctuary and School; Environmental Advocates of New York; Nature Conservancy, New York State office; NYSERDA; Saratoga PLAN; Sierra Club, northeast field office; Wilton Wildlife Preserve

Recent capstone projects: The End of Skiing?; New Farmer Movement; Public Participation in the Saratoga Springs Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program; Taking the (Sun) Initiative: Analysis of Solar Installations in New York’s Capital Region; Fishing for Fishers: A biological Corridor Proposal for Mid-sized Mammals in Eastern Upstate New York; Understanding Disease Management and Farmers’ Perception of Soil Quality in a Rural US Farming Community

Popular study abroad programs: Danish Institute for Study Abroad, Copenhagen; SFS Costa Rica: Sustainable Development Studies; SIT Tanzania: Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management; SIT Panama: Tropical Ecology, Marine Ecosystems, and Biodiversity Conservation; IHP Beyond Globalization (multiple cities & countries)

Success After Skidmore

Research and internship positions:

  • Conservation intern, Boulder, Colo., Parks and Recreation System
  • Field researcher, Cornell Lab of Ornithology
  • White-throated sparrow researcher, Cranberry Lake Biological Station (N.Y.)
  • Researcher on herpetology, USGS, Glacier National Park
  • Endangered bird recovery team member, Kauaii, Hawaii
  • Geochemistry research assistant, Marine Biological Lab, Woods Hole, Mass.
  • Landscape architecture intern, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
  • Wildlife management and restoration
 employee, Pinnacles National Monument
  • Animal behavior research intern, Smithsonian National Zoological Park, Washington, D.C.


  • Energy- and water-savings community projects, AmeriCorps
  • Environmental cleanup and education, Anacostia Watershed Society, Washington, D.C.
  • Logging, watershed, aquaculture, and economic analysis, Conservation Strategy Fund, Santa Cruz, Calif.
  • Advancing energy-efficient technologies, Consortium for Energy Efficiency
  • Land preservation specialist, Lancaster Farmland Trust, Strasburg, Pa.
  • Moholoholo Animal Rehabilitation Center, South Africa
  • Geomorphology field assistant, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Richmond, Calif.
  • Director of operations, Southwest Conservation Corps
Climate program associate, Union of Concerned Scientists


  • Hazardous waste sites cleanup, ARCADIS Environmental Consulting
  • Environmental engineering
, Brown and Caldwell
  • Field chemist, Clean Harbors
  • International coastal cleanup project coordinator, Ocean Conservancy
  • Biological pharmaceuticals
 developer, Prosetta Corp.
  • Hydro-geologist, Savci Environmental Technologies LLC
  • GIS technician, TechniGraphics
  • Green-building and landscape architecture , Wallace Roberts and Todd, LLC


  • Sensitive plant survey, Bureau of Land Management, El Centro, Calif.
  • Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs
  • Associate project manager, NYSERDA

Graduate Schools: A sampler of where our alumni go

  • Antioch University: master's in environmental education
  • Boston College Law School
  • Colorado State University: master's in watershed science
  • Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs: master's in environmental policy and management
  • Cornell University: graduate programs in ecology and evolutionary biology and in environmental engineering
  • Duke University: Ph.D. in hydrology and fluid dynamics
  • Florida International University: Ph.D. in marine biology
  • Hertie School of Governance (Berlin, Germany): master's in public policy
  • London School of Economics: master's in administration
  • Tufts University: master's in urban and environmental policy and planning
  • University of California at Berkeley: graduate program in environmental science, policy, and management
  • University of Arizona: graduate program in environmental engineering
  • University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment: master's in sustainable systems
  • University of Montana: EVST program, environmental writing
  • University of Pennsylvania: master's in landscape architecture
  • University of Plymouth, UK: master's in conservation biology
  • University of South Carolina: master's in earth and environmental resource management


Meet the Environmental Studies and Sciences faculty members.