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B.S. in Environmental Science & Policy (ES&P)

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Alan Rossner, Director

Concerns about environmental issues are increasingly at the forefront of governmental policy, corporate planning, and the day-to-day choices of families like yours. Government-supported research focuses on important topics such as global warming, depletion of the ozone layer, and acid rain. Corporations seek new production methods and materials to decrease industrial pollution. At home we recycle our garbage and purchase products with less packaging.

Cleaning up the pollution of the past and confronting contemporary environmental challenges requires creative and multidisciplinary solutions. Those most successful in addressing these complex issues will be trained in a variety of backgrounds. They will understand the basic concepts in the life sciences and their application to real-world problems. They will appreciate the history and complexity of social and political systems. And they will be knowledgeable in environmental regulation and policy. Clarkson’s Environmental Science and Policy (ES&P) program prepares its graduates to become effective leaders by providing a broad-based, interdisciplinary background.

Clarkson undergraduates experience hands-on learning that includes assisting the faculty with research projects and working on independent projects. The coursework is challenging but flexible, and the ES&P degree allows students significant freedom in choosing their emphasis in an environmental area. The curriculum is also well suited as a preparatory degree for students interested in pursuing a degree in the health sciences, including medicine, dentistry, and veterinary science.

Programs can be tailored to meet the interests of the student. To this end, Clarkson offers both a minor and a major in Environmental Science and Policy. Upon successful completion of the major, a student will be awarded a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. The major allows students to pursue their study of the environment in an interdisciplinary fashion. There are required courses in biology, ecology, business, chemistry, liberal arts, and mathematics. Using these as a foundation, students can use professional electives to investigate environmentally related issues of interest in more depth.

Students in completing the Clarkson's ES&P program are expected to meeting the following goals:

  •  Develop a foundation in natural sciences
  • Understand how technology has impacted the environment, and how technology can also be a solution to environmental challenges
  • Understand how science and public values guide policy
  • Understand how policy influences scientific endeavors
  • Understand how policy impacts the environment and public health
  • Develop quantitative and qualitative analysis skills
  • Develop skills for communicating complex scientific information to nonscientists
  • Complete an independent ES&P research experience
  • Practice ES&P through a professional experience
Required Courses
  Cr. Hrs.     Cr. Hrs.
Chemistry 11-13   Clarkson Common Experience 18
Biology/Environmental Science 18   Technology course 3
Mathematics & Statistics 9   Professional Electives 12
Physics 4   Free Electives 12-14
EHS/Industrial Hygiene 8   Capstone Research 3
Policy Course 18     12
      TOTAL

120



Environmental Science & Policy Curriculum
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FIRST YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
BY140 Biology I  
3
BY160 Biology II 
3
BY142  Biology I Lab 
2
BY162 Biology II Lab 
2
CM103  Chemistry I
3
CM104 Chemistry II
3
CM105  Chemistry I Lab 
2
CM106  Chemistry II Lab 
2
EV100 Intro to ES&P
1
MA181 or MA132 Calculus I1  
3
UNIV190  The Clarkson Seminar 
3
KA/UC        
3
FY100 First-Year Seminar
1
   
MA 180  or MA 131Math course I
3
     
   
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18
   
16
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SOPHOMORE YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
BY222 General Ecology  
3
IH309  Intro to Industrial Hygiene 
3
BY244 General Ecology Lab 
2
IH310  Intro to Industrial Hygiene Lab 
2
EV200  Environmental Sustainability
2
BY320 Microbiology2 
3
PH131/141  Physics I 
4
BY322 Microbiology Lab
2
CM241  Organic Chemistry I 
3
  KA/UC (Environmental Policy)
3
 EV313 Biogeochemical Systems Science
  Statistics Course 
3
   
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17
   
16
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JUNIOR YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  KA ( Micro Economics)3
3
EV360  Environmental Economics 
3
  KA (Environmental Law)3 
3
  Prof./Sci/Math/Eng Elective 
3
  IH Elective 
3
  Prof./Sci/Math/Eng Elective 
3
EV300 Environmental Leadership 
1
  KA/UC
3
  Prof. Sci./Eng/Math 
3
EV399 Capstone Proposal Project (Optional)
1
LW270 Law & Society I 
3
PHIL370 Environmental Ethics (KA)  
3
   
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SENIOR YEAR
First Semester
Second Semester
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
Course Title
Cr. Hrs.
  Elective 
3
ES432 Risk Analysis (Tech) 
3
  Prof. Sci./Eng./Math
3
  Free Electives 
6
EV400   Capstone 
3
  Prof. Elective
3
  Prof. Sci./Eng./Math  
EV401 Capstone 
1
POL371 Environmental Law
3
POL470 Environmental Policy
3
   
   
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  1. Various environmental courses will meet knowledge area requirements. A technology course will be required if one of the major courses does not fulfill this requirement.
  2. Or suitable Biology/Chemistry/Engineering course
  3. Or suitable technology course
    EC150 or EC350 is required as a prerequisite for Environmental Economics (EV360) and will satisfy a knowledge area requirement.

    NOTES — Some electives may require additional prerequisites.
    Students must be registered for at least 14 credits to qualify for Dean’s List or as a Presidential Scholar.


PROFESSIONAL ELECTIVES
Professional Electives are defined as electives appropriate to the professional and career objectives of students and the ES&P Program. Professional electives are typically upper-level courses (300-level or above) chosen with the advice and consent of the student’s advisor, and focused on a minor, concentration or double major (in Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Health Science, Law, or Communication, for example). The following courses are considered professional electives.

SCIENCE
BY300 Readings in Org. Biology   BY214 Genetics
BY302 Introduction to Botany   BY301 Readings in Cellular and
BY312 Advanced Cell Biology     Molecular Biology
BY316 Immunobiology   BY310 Developmental Biology
BY322 Microbiology   BY314 Bioinformatics
BY326 Invertebrate Biology   BY320 Microbiology
BY340 Behavioral Ecology   BY323 Microbiology for Eng.
BY358 Animal Learning   BY328 Conservation Biology
BY412 Molecular Biology   BY342 Vertebrate Biology
BY426 Intro. to Biophysics   BY420 Evolution
BY435 Freshwater Invertebrate   BY431 Limnology
  Bio.   BY438 Biostatistical Analysis
BY451 Biochemistry II   BY450 Biochemistry I
CM242 Organic Chemistry II   CM221 Spectroscopy
CM244 Organic Chemistry Lab   CM223 Spectroscopy Lab
CM304 Environmental Science II   CM460 Biochemistry
IH320 Principles of Ergonomics   IH405 Methods for Analysis
IH406 IH Control Methods   IH416 Principles of Toxicology
MA231 Calculus III     & Epidemiology
MA383 Applied Statistics   MA232 Elementary Diff. Equations
PH142 Physics for Life   PH132 Physics II
  Sciences II   PH426 Introductions to BioPhysics
ENGINEERING
CE301 Eng. Measurement   CE340 Intro. to Env. Engineering
CE413 Geology for Engineers   CE478 Solid Waste Management and
CE470 Hydraulic Engineering     Landfill Design
CE474 Environmental Hydrology   CE477 Atmospheric Chemistry
CE480 Environmental Quality   CE479 Water and Wastewater
CE490 Senior Design     Treatment Proc.
ES330 Fluid Mechanics   CE481 Haz. Waste Management
ES532 Risk Analysis   CE586 Industrial Ecology
      ES220 Statistics
BUSINESS        
IS300 Information Systems   LW466 The Law of the Workplace
LW471 Law and Society II   EC364 Structure of American Industry
EC388 Game Theory and   OS386 Organizational Behavior
  Economic Strat.      
LIBERAL ARTS
ANTH270/EV225 Env., Tech., and Society   POL302 Soc. and Political Thought
POL220 American Politics     in 20th Century
SOC/POC351 Globalization   SOC/POL470 Environmental Policy
HIST230 Science and Society   SOC/ANTH397 Cities and Social Justice
POL400 Constitutional Law   POL250 Politics in C-N Perspective
COMM310 Mass Media and Society   PHIL341 Professional Ethics
COMM325 Intercultural   PHL243 American Environmentalism
  Communication   COMM313 Professional Communication
COMM412 Org. Communication   COMM341 World Wide Web
POL380 Law & Bioethics   COMM/EV428 Public Debate and Env.
      POL392 Environmental Political Theory

Professional electives in the ES&P Program. Additional courses may be taken pending permission from the student’s advisor.  Some professional electives require additional prerequisites.

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