Environmental Studies

Environmental studies is a major at the interface of the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities which has been designed to address the societal causes and effects of, and policy solutions to, environmental problems such as climate change and prepare students for rewarding environmental careers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

The major offers a rigorous academic degree in environmental studies with specialized Concentration Career Tracks, involving electives, professional internships, study abroad, thesis research, and our Alumni Career Advisory Board. Areas of study include:

  • Environmental Law
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Economics and Sustainable Business
  • Environmental Politics and Government
  • Green Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Environmental Journalism
  • Environmental Education K-12
  • Public Health and the Environment
  • Organic Agriculture and Food Security
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Environmental Organizations
  • Environmental Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Environmental History and American Studies
  • Environmental Art and Literature

Alumni have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs at Yale, Columbia, and London School of Economics, and environmental law programs at Pace, Fordham, and Vermont. They have successfully found employment in the government, private and nonprofit sectors. The program typically has 80-90 majors enrolled and graduates 20 students per year.

Located in York City—one of the most vibrant centers of environmental education and urban ecology in the world—our program allows students to gain professional internship experience and academic credits in environmental organizations such as Bronx River Alliance (New York City Dept. of Parks), Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), New York Botanical Garden, American Museum of Natural History, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson River Colleges and Universities, as well as in study abroad and summer programs, from the Caribbean to Africa.

Our program reflects Fordham University’s mission of “men and women for others” and “respect for the environment” in that students have the opportunity to serve the greater good in the areas of environmental literacy, stewardship, sustainable development, and environmental justice, effecting positive change as citizens in a world characterized by complex scientific, economic, political and ethical interactions, and processes.

We invite you to join our program and find your educational and career path.

Students should officially declare the major in the freshman year and contact the program director for advising about required freshman and sophomore courses. The major can also be declared in the sophomore or junior year.

Program Activities

The following curricular and extracurricular activities are enjoyed by students.

  • Lecture series
  • Alumni Career Advisory Board providing professional advice to current students
  • Undergraduate Research program
  • Sponsorship of the club Students for Environmental Justice and Awareness
  • Sponsorship of St. Rose’s Garden, an organic vegetable garden on the Rose Hill Campus
  • Membership in the Fordham University Sustainability Program
  • Membership in the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
  • Cooperative internship program with the Bronx River Alliance (New York City Department of Parks), NYC Botanical Garden, and Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo)
  • Summer internship program in the United States and abroad
  • Study Abroad program in Central America, Africa, Australia, Europe, and Southeast Asia
  • Scholarship program

Note: This major changed its name from Environmental Policy to Environmental Studies in Fall 2013. 

Courses outside the program

The following courses offered in other departments have the ENST attribute and count toward the Environmental Studies major and minor:

CourseTitleCredits
AFAM 4147FOOD AND GLOBALIZATION4
ANTH 3380HAZARDS, DISASTERS, AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE4
ANTH 4373ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN SURVIVAL4
ANTH 4722PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION4
ARHI 4555ART AND ECOLOGY4
BISC 1002ECOLOGY: A HUMAN APPROACH3
BISC 2561ECOLOGY3
BISC 5511CONSERVATION LAW AND POLICY3
CHEM 1109CHEMISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT3
COMC 4222MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT4
ECON 1100BASIC MACROECONOMICS3
ECON 1200BASIC MICROECONOMICS3
ECON 3385ECONOMICS OF ENERGY4
ECON 3430ST: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS4
ECON 3840ENVIRONMENTAL-ECONOMIC POLICY4
ECON 3850ENVIRONMENTAL ECONOMICS4
ENGL 3632POSTMODERN FICTION AND ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE4
ENGL 4147FOOD AND GLOBALIZATION4
ENGL 5104NATURAL HISTORY AND ECOLOGY3
HIST 3772HUDSON RIVER4
HIST 3990NORTH AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY4
HIST 3992CAPITALISM4
HIST 3993ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY: NEW YORK CITY4
HIST 3994HISTORY OF CLIMATE CHANGE4
HIST 3998PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS IN HISTORY4
HIST 5730HISTORY OF CAPITALISM4
HUST 2001INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL HEALTH4
INST 3100THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT4
MGBU 3430SPECIAL TOPIC: SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS3
NSCI 1020PHYSICAL SCIENCE: TODAY'S WORLD3
NSCI 1040PEOPLE AND THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT3
NSCI 2010GLOBAL ECOLOGY LECTURE3
NSCI 2011GLOBAL ECOLOGY LAB2
PHIL 3109ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHIL 3712GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT AND JUSTICE4
PHIL 3722NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY4
PHIL 3990ENVIRONMENTAL WORLDVIEWS AND ETHICS4
PHIL 4302ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY & ETHICS4
PHIL 4409ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS4
PHYS 1203ENVIRONMENTAL PHYSICS3
POSC 3131POLITICS, URBAN HEALTH, AND ENVIRONMENT4
POSC 3307ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS4
PSYC 3340URBAN PSYCHOLOGY4
SOCI 2607SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH AND STATISTICS4
SOCI 2650BASIC RESEARCH METHODS4
SOCI 2851METHODS SOCIAL RESEARCH II4
SOCI 3145ENVIRONMENT TECHNOLOGY SOCIETY4
SOCI 4902INTERNSHIP SEMINAR: COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS4
SYMP 1000NUTRITION ESSENTIALS1
THEO 4008RELIGION AND ECOLOGY4
THEO 4520ANIMALS, ANGELS, AND ALIENS: BEYOND THE HUMAN IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT3
URST 5066URBAN HEALTH AND ENVIRONMENT3
URST 5070Environmental History of the American City3
VART 2050DESIGNING THE CITY4
VART 2055ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4
VART 2085SUSTAINABLE NEW YORK3
VART 3055ECOLOGY FOR DESIGNERS4
VART 3056URBAN ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN4

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Visit the Environmental Studies program web page.

ENST 1000. INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES. (3 Credits)

This course is designed primarily to meet the requirements of environmental studies and environmental science majors. It provides an interdisciplinary overview of environmental problems from the perspective of their societal causes and effects, introducing students to environmental policy methods in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied arts and sciences. Requirements include a 40 page essay blog, three class presentations, and a hands-on learning practicum outside of class (minimum 1 hr per week). Fulfills Environmental Studies and Policy Major Requirments.

Attribute: INST.

ENST 1500. GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEMS. (1 Credit)

An introduction to Geographical Information Systems used in environmental, social science, business and other disciplines to generate multi-layered digital mapping of environmental and social data. Students use online GIS and GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) resources to complete a mapping project..

ENST 2999. TUTORIAL. (2 Credits)

ENST 3000. ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH METHODS. (4 Credits)

Study of interdisciplinary and statistical research methods in environmental studies. Students complete a research project. Students have the option of coordinating their research project with an internship, GIS training, funding and publication submissions, and/or preparation for the senior research thesis course (ENST 4000) required for the environmental studies major. This course fulfills the environmental major requirement in Research and Statistical Methods and the environmental studies minor requirement in Electives. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

ENST 3070. GREEN ARCHITECTURE. (4 Credits)

A studio course in sustainable design practices for public spaces, landscapes, furnishings, or buildings. A major design project is prefaced with environmental research, technical strategies and standards, and in-depth case studies. Portfolio layouts. Field trips, workshops, lab fee, and office hours visits are required. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

Attribute: URST.

ENST 3900. THESIS RESEARCH TOPICS AND METHODS. (2 Credits)

Study of environmental research topics and methods. Students can pursue their research project in preparation for the environmental studies senior thesis, as well as pursue a related internship to be used as a case study in the thesis..

ENST 3999. TUTORIAL. (3 Credits)

ENST 4000. SENIOR THESIS. (4 Credits)

"Environmental Studies and Policy majors only. This capstone course is required for all Environmental Studies and Policy majors in the senior year, i.e., in one of the student’s last two semesters. Using methods in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied arts and sciences, students write an interdisciplinary research thesis on an environmental problem. An internship can be used as a case study in the thesis. Environmental Studies & Policy Majors Only.

ENST 4800. ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECT. (4 Credits)

A research or design project on a specific environmental topic under the supervision of a consenting faculty member and with the director's permission. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

ENST 4900. ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIP. (4 Credits)

Placement in an environmental community service project, organization, government agency, business, or other work project under the supervision of a consenting faculty member and with the director's permission. A 15-20 page paper consisting of a short bibliography, a report on the intership work, and reflections integrating the internship with previous course work is required. Four-credit courses that meet for 150 minutes per week require three additional hours of class preparation per week on the part of the student in lieu of an additional hour of formal instruction.

ENST 4999. ENVIRONMENTAL TUTORIAL. (1-4 Credits)

Individualized reading and research under the supervision of a consenting faculty member and with the director's permission.