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 
  • ANTH 111: Field Methods in Environmental Archaeology
  • BIO 153: Global Change Biology
  • ECON 100: Principles of Economics
  • CHEM 141: Basic Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHEM 142: Basic Principles of Chemistry II
  • PHYS 124: Climate Change
200-level courses 
  • EUS 214: Environmental Monitoring Lab: Water Quality on the Saw Kill
  • EUS 215: Food Systems: Human Health and Env. Health
  • EUS 222: Air
  • EUS 240: Advanced Readings in Environmental Science
  • EUS T200: Farm Tutorial
  • ANTH 211: Field Methods in Environmental Archaeology
  • ANTH 223: Conservation Anthropology
  • ANTH 236: Science, Empire and Ecology-Botanical Voyaging 
  • ECON 242: Ecological Economics
  • ECON 263: Population Economics and Demography
  • ECON 331: International Migration
  • HIST 2253: Ecological History of the Globe
  • PS 288: Water, Power, & Politics
  • BIO 202: Ecology and Evolution
  • PHYS 234: The Atmosphere and Ocean in Motion
  • LIT 2316: Reading and Writing the Natural World
  • LIT 2XXX: Reading and Writing the Birds
  • ARTH 223: Wild Visions: Picturing Nature

300-level and Empirical Analysis Courses

300-level courses 
  • EUS 318: Land
  • HIST 3146: Environmental History of the Middle East & Africa
  • CHEM 301: Principles of Chemical Analysis
  • PHYS 314: Thermal Physics
  • LIT 3015: After Nature: Imagining the World without Us
  • LIT 3308: Reading and Writing the Hudson
  • EUS 311: Climate, Agriculture & Ecosystems
  • EUS 312: Agriculture and Climate
  • EUS 313: Climate Science
  • EUS 315: Climate Policy and Law I
  • EUS 322: The Politics of Solutions
  • Bard CEP J-Term Courses
Empirical Analysis courses 
  • EUS 203: Geographic Information Systems
  • BIO 144: Biostatistics

Potential Careers in Environmental Science

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