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About Environmental Science

Environmental scientist in Adirondack Mt. stream collecting invertebratesWhat Is Environmental Science?

Environmental science is the study of natural ecosystems, human impacts on the environment, and sustainable management of the earth’s resources.

This field integrates diverse subjects from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities to create a holistic approach to the environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Using these varied skills, the environmental scientist is able to design equitable and science-based policies to safeguard human health and to preserve the integrity of the world’s environments.


What Can You Do With An Environmental Science Degree?

Many graduates are employed by environmental consulting firms and work with both government and industry in the areas of environmental regulation and compliance. Still others work with environmental advocacy groups to conserve and protect our natural environment.

Students majoring in Environmental Science have a wide variety of career choices ranging from:

  • Environmental biology
  • Environmental chemistry
  • Environmental geology
  • Environmental planning
  • Environmental policy and management, and more...

Graduates of our degree programs in Environmental Science have successful careers with local, state and federal agencies, including:

  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • Adirondack Park Agency
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Environmental Protection Agency

Graduate School

Many of our alumni have entered graduate school to receive advanced training as: 

  • Environmental Engineers
  • Land Use Planners
  • Environmental Lawyers
  • Ecologists

Find Out More

To find out more about what environmental scientists do, visit our Environmental Careers page or our alumni website.

Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about environmental science at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact

Dr. Edwin Romanowicz, Director
Office: Hudson Hall 132
Phone: (518) 564-2028
Toll-Free Phone: (877) 554-1041
Fax: (518) 564-5267
Email: cees@plattsburgh.edu