The EUS program calls for students to engage both intellectually and empirically with urban and environmental issues.
EUS students gain theoretical and scientific grounding in the field as well as valuable experience, through practicums and internships, in addressing urban and environmental challenges. Students complete a series of core courses, as well as courses that engage interdisciplinary methods; pursue an internship in the area of their interest; and complete the EUS Practicum, which includes fieldwork.
Students in the EUS course Writing, Science, and Environmental Issues: The Hudson River collecting samples at the National Estuarine Research Reserve at Norrie Point, New York.
To balance transdisciplinary breadth with depth in a particular discipline, students select intermediate and advanced courses in their chosen focus area. Expertise developed through problem-driven focus area studies prepares the student for the Senior Project.
The Bard Center for the Study of Land, Air, and Water is a research- and community-oriented organization focused on environmental issues. The Center offers students opportunities to work in an interdisciplinary way. The Environmental and Urban Studies Program is the academic component. The Center is where students engage.
“Community-driven science is key to successfully addressing the pressing issues surrounding access to clean water. From Flint to Hoosick Falls to Newburgh, we are daily being reminded of the importance of community members working to maintain water quality—from the tap to the treatment plant to our local waterways.”
—M. Elias Dueker, Assistant Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies