The Environmental Studies Program at Geneseo is an interdisciplinary minor offered in cooperation with the Departments of Anthropology, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Geology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Philosophy and Sociology. The program offers you flexibility to combine your interests in environmental issues with any major area of study at the College. The minor addresses the nature of the environment, human relationship to the environment, today's environmental problems, as well as proposed solutions.


The Environmental Studies Program approaches environmental problems from the perspectives of the natural sciences and the social sciences. Natural science considerations include pollution of the air and water, weather conditions, energy resources, and the harmful effects of pesticides and radiation. Social science aspects include the impact of governmental policies and programs, the urban environment, environmental management and planning, and economic costs and benefits of pollution abatement measures.


The Program
The minor in Environmental Studies requires eight courses through a combination of natural and social science classes. In addition, you may participate in research projects through collaboration with individual professors or through other sponsored internships.


A. First Level Coursework - You are required to complete two introductory courses: Environmental Issues; and Chemistry and Society or Chemistry I or General Chemistry I orEnvironmental Science


B. Second Level Coursework - You are required to complete four courses, two to be selected from among those courses with emphasis on "Natural Systems" and two to be selected from those with emphasis on "Human/Environment Systems."


Natural Systems
Principles of Ecology; Disease and the Developing World; Conservation and Resource Management; Environmental Geology; Oceanography; Mineralogy


Human/Environment Systems
Human Ecology; Literature and the Environment; Introduction to Urban & Regional Planning; Environmental Sociology; Population Studies; Environmental Psychology; Community, State and Regional Politics; Environmental Ethics


C. Third Level Coursework - You must complete two courses from among the following: Community Ecology; Aquatic Community Ecology; Conservation Biology; Taxonomy of Vascular Plants; Biodiversity; Environmental Management; Government Finance; Environmental Economics; Economic Development and Growth; Pyrogeography; Physical Climatology or Synoptic Climatology; Urban Geography; Geologic Applications of Remote Sensing Imagery; Climate Change and Variability; Principles of Geochemistry; Geomorphology; Groundwater Hydrology; Environmental Thought and Politics in Modern America; American Public Policy; Political Power in American Cities.