Choices Along the Way

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Recognizing the need for broadly trained individuals, the program offers three concentrations from which students can choose based on personal interest and career goals: Science, Assessment and Policy, and three minors: Science, Policy, and Studies

Effective in the 2005-2006 academic year, the New York State Education Department approved new curricular requirements for the Environmental Science & Policy degrees at Marist. For the most current information about these curricula, please contact Dr. Zofia Gagnon, Department Chair, at (845)575-3000, extension 2488.

The Science concentration provides a strong theoretical and practical foundation in the natural sciences. Students are taught how to detect potential environmental problems using physical, chemical and biological techniques, how to identify the underlying causes, and how to advance scientifically valid solutions. Students are prepared to work for environmental labs, consulting firms, natural resources and regulatory agencies as well as research organizations.

Science The Policy concentration is directed toward the implementation of solutions. Students are taught to recognize that science-based solutions can only be implemented within the complicated arena of political, economic, and legal realities. Students are taught how to develop and evaluate cost-effective policy alternatives, to generate public and political support for resource utilization practices that lower humanity's impact on the planet, to enact legislation, and to devise mechanisms that invite or ensure compliance. The public policy track prepares students to work in environmental law, politics, advocacy, regulatory compliance, and environmental planning.

Experience beyond the required areas may come from election of additional coursework in biology or chemistry as well as choices in economics, political science, geographic information systems and regulatory compliance.