Environmental Studies Program
Students have numerous opportunities to work in the field. Some courses have field work as part of the lab or discussion sections. In other courses, students do field work as part of research projects, whether they are working on an environmental impact statement, an environmental plan, or independent research. In addition, there are opportunities for field work in other countries through such courses as Tropical Ecology (Biol 472) and Tropical Marine Biology (Biol 471), in cooperation with the Biology Department. Research opportunities also are available in conjunction with the faculty members in the program, in such areas as watershed hydrology, urban forestry, forest ecology and land use on the BU campus, and a host of other areas. Students should discuss research interests and opportunities with appropriate faculty.
The Binghamton University Nature Preserve and surrounding natural areas provide a large natural laboratory used not only for classes, but also for research projects (especially in ecology and environmental geology). Potential research projects involving natural areas on campus must be coordinated through Dylan Horvath, Steward of Campus Natural Areas, as well as with a faculty sponsor. Examples of some past research projects are described on the Nature Preserve website.
Director of Environmental Studies Program: Carl P. Lipo email