Bachelor in Environmental Studies


Program Description


Increasing population, technological demands, and the continued quest for a higher standard of living impose expanding demands on finite global resources. As an Environmental Studies student, you'll study the effects of these stresses on the Earth and its inhabitants in the classroom, field, and laboratories.

  • Independent Research Projects

All our majors engage in independent undergraduate research projects as part of the Environmental Studies program. The topics of these projects vary greatly, depending on the interests of the students. We firmly believe that students learn by “doing” and incorporate hands-on, interactive learning in virtually all of our courses.

  • Industry-Leading Equipment

All students have access to a vast array of state-of-the-art field, laboratory, and computer equipment within the Environmental Studies Division as well as the other science and engineering departments on campus. This makes Alfred University's undergraduate program one of the best equipped in the country.

  • Internships & Research Assistantships

Faculty routinely hire undergraduates as interns or research assistants in the summer, allowing students to get even more experience with research projects and instrumentation. All these experiences prepare students for a variety of career opportunities and post-graduate education in fields related to the environment.

Water Analysis Equipment

Our labs are equipped with the following: ion chromatograph, atomic absorption spectrophotometer, capillary zone electrophoresis instrumentation.

Soil Analysis Equipment

We employ the following equipment for soil analysis: compaction meter, soil moisture collectors, various microscopes, extensive wet-laboratory equipment.

Field Sampling & Analysis

Featuring: “Hydrolab” for analyzing a variety of water parameters; sediment and water samples, including two automated, programmable water samplers; flow meters; field dissolved oxygen, pH, and electrical conductivity meters; two boats.

GIS Equipment

The division features a fully-equipped Geographic Information Systems (GIS) laboratory complete with two sub-meter scale Global Positioning Systems units, a dedicated GIS specialist, a 36-inch color plotter, and the latest version of the most frequently used GIS software.


In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the major in Environmental Studies, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.


Environmental Studies graduates have found interesting and rewarding employment in a wide range of
careers. The experience and qualifications acquired throughout their studies, research projects and
internships enable graduates to work as environmental professionals in government regulatory
departments, in private industry, and with private environmental consulting firms. Many of our graduates
continue on to graduate school.

Examples of recent graduates include:

  • Top Secret – Defense Intelligence Agency
  • Environmental Technician – Ravi Engineering Kenai Chache
  • Project Geologist – D.W. Kozera, Inc.
  • Jr. Environmental Analyst – SAIC
  • Environmental Health & Safety – Colgate University
  • Environmental Scientist – Haley’s Aldrich
  • Inventory Arborist- Davey Resource Group
  • Naturalist & Environmental Educator – Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center
  • Environmental Affairs Assistant – Environmental Health & Safety, University of Nevada
  • Environmental Coordinator – C&W Environmental
  • Landscape Superintendent – L.C. Whitford Co.
  • Field Tech Inspector – Dresser-Rand/C.M.E.
  • Lead Technician – University of Arizona, National Park Service
  • Water Quality Analyst – Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection
Last updated Sep 2018

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At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on ... Read More

At Alfred University, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means you'll have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the studio, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field. Read less