Environmental Science BS and Environmental Studies BA (BS, BA)

Program Overview

Binghamton University’s Environmental Studies Program seeks to prepare each student for life as a citizen and as a leader, who is equipped to understand and address the complex environmental challenges facing our communities, nations, and planet. Graduates of our program (with either a BA in Environmental Studies or a BS in Environmental Science) will be able to tackle environmental and societal concerns in four critical areas.

  • Critical thinking skills for understanding and confronting problems that involve the intersection between the natural and human worlds at multiple scales
  • Fundamental knowledge about the three E’s of sustainability: environment, economics, and equity
  • Methodological training for generating and analyzing data needed to investigate, explain, and mitigate environmental issues and problems
  • Communication abilities to share information with technical and non-technical audiences

Check out our student outcomes.

Students who pursue a BS in environmental science or a BA in environmental studies may specialize in ecosystems, earth systems, economic systems or sustainability systems.

Degrees Offered

  • BS in Environmental Science
  • BA in Environmental Studies


  • BA in Environmental Studies: Earth Systems
  • BS in Environmental Science: Earth Systems
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Economic Systems
  • BS in Environmental Science: Economic Systems
  • BA in Environmental Studies: Ecosystems
  • BS in Environmental Science: Ecosystems
  • BS in Environmental Science: Environmental Systems

Internships, research opportunities and more

  • student outcomesInternship opportunities are available at a variety of local agencies such as the Broome County Health Department and Binghamton University Nature Preserve.
  • Students can intern in their hometown, county, state and federal agencies such as the National Park Service or the EPA, or with nonprofit groups.
  • Students also have numerous opportunities to work in the field. Students do fieldwork as part of labs, discussion section or research projects.
  • There are also fieldwork opportunities in other countries such as through study abroad in Costa Rica.


Some courses to consider in your first year:

After You Graduate

Graduates can pursue a wide range of careers, including research in environmental science, positions within advocacy groups or consulting firms, environmental law and environmental education. There are opportunities in both the public and private sectors. Some students choose to pursue graduate or professional studies.

Accelerated/4+1 Degrees

You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years:

For more information, visit the Environmental Science BS and Environmental Studies BA website.