The M.S. in Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers students a firm grounding in issues at the interface of human activity and the environment. The program has an active faculty with expertise in diverse disciplines, including anthropology, biology, chemistry, earth science, physics and political science. Small class sizes, internship and research opportunities and the potential to develop marketable expertise in areas such as geographic information systems and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) certification are also features of the program.
The M.S. in Environmental Studies provides opportunities to study abroad in Australia with independent research on the Great Barrier Reef and exploration of the coastal and upland rainforests of Queensland. Closer to home, students investigate marine conservation and other environmental issues specific to the tropics in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Additional opportunities can be arranged in concert with undergraduate research investigations by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology in Alaska and Greece.
Research leading to an M.S. in Environmental Studies thesis is field-based and collaborative, with a local focus in the South Shore Estuary Reserve of Long Island. This local research has global applications with respect to environmental pollution, climate change and fisheries management. There is a strong record of student research presentations at national and international conferences, allowing students to develop career networks with other research professionals. Students with graduate assistantships gain valuable practical experience working on research projects in faculty laboratories and as teaching assistants in undergraduate courses.