Environmental Science

Environmental Science Focus Area

Environmental Science Focus Area

This focus area emphasizes the scientific basis for environmental problem-solving. Drawing on coursework from chemistry, biology, and physics, students develop skills to conduct research that addresses pressing environmental problems. Students learn to identify, quantify, and monitor environmental change, as well as propose scientifically-based solutions to environmental degradation. Because environmental science occurs in the context of social, economic, and political realities, students in this focus area are also encouraged to ask and answer questions that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, engage meaningfully with the greater public through community-level interactions, working with citizen scientists, and participating in local policy-making.
 

100- and 200-level courses

100-level courses
  • EUS 101: Introduction to Environmental & Urban Studies (required)
  • EUS 102: Introduction to Environmental & Urban Science (required)
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  • BIO 111: Microbes in the Environment
  • BIO 117: Botany for Herbivores
  • BIO 118: Conservation Biology
  • BIO 153: Global Change Biology
  • CHEM 141: Basic Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 142: Basic Principles of Chemistry II
  • PHYS 124: Climate Change
200-level courses
  • EUS T200: Farm Tutorial
  • EUS 214: Environmental Monitoring Lab: Water Quality on the Saw Kill
  • EUS 221: Water
  • EUS 222: Air
  • EUS 240: Advanced Readings in Environmental Science
  • EUS 2XX: Oceanography
  • EUS 2XX: Ecosystem Modeling
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  • ANTH 223: Conservation Anthropology
  • BIO 202: Ecology and Evolution
  • HIST 2253: Ecological History of the Globe
  • PHIL 221: History and Philosophy of Evolutionary Biology
  • PHYS 234: The Atmosphere and Ocean in Motion
  • PS 288: Water, Power, & Politics

Upper Level and Empirical Analysis courses

300-level courses 
  • EUS 311: Climate and Agroecology
  • EUS 315: Environment and Climate Policy 
  • EUS 316: Waste
  • EUS 318: Land
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  • ANTH 326: Science, Empire and Ecology-Botanical Voyaging 
  • BIO 311: Field Ornithology
  • BIO 315: Advanced Evolution
  • CHEM 301: Principles of Chemical Analysis
  • PHYS 314: Thermal Physics
  • Bard CEP J-Term Courses
400-level courses
  • EUS 410: Climate Change and Water Resources
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  • BIO 408: Advanced Conservation Biology
  • BIO 418: Plant Fungal Interactions
  • BIO 428: Global Change & Health

Empirical Analysis courses
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • EUS 226: Environmental Modeling
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  • BIO 166: Methods in Field Ecology
  • BIO 244: Biostatistics

Potential Careers in Environmental Science

Ecologist, Field Biologist, Conservation Biologist, Ornithologist, Environmental Chemist, Lab Administrator, Educator, Professor, Science Journalist, Volunteer Coordinator, Citizen Science coordinator, Non-Profit Executive, GIS Specialist, Park Ranger, Park Administrator