Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Environmental Studies and Science (ESS). This new department houses our undergraduate programs in Environmental Studies and Science as well a Master of Science in Environmental Science and a new Master of Arts in Environmental Policy. ESS faculty consists of scientists, philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists who are concerned with the interaction between humans and the natural world. Some of the areas of interest in the Department are:

  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Environmental Planning and Policy
  • Environmental Activism and Advocacy
  • Food Systems and Agriculture
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental Law
  • Nature and Society
  • Environmental History

Our academic programs will provide you with both an understanding of the problems we face in our relationship with the natural world, as well as the empirical tools to observe and analyze those relationships. Some of the venues in which our Environmental Studies and Science program graduates are found include:

  • Environmental Law and Policy post-graduate programs
  • Regional Planning post graduate programs
  • Environmental Non-Profits Environmental Education Organizations
  • Sustainability Offices in public and private organizations
  • Conservation Consulting Companies
  • Parks as Park Rangers

Environmental issues, such as climate change, toxic waste, and environmental injustice, affect our future. Whether you are interested in a career in the environment or want to spend some time during your college career exploring these issues, we have the programs and courses to suit your interests.

Michael Finewood, PhD
Chair and Professor
Environmental Studies and Science
Pleasantville Campus
(914) 773-3269