Environmental Sciences Department
The Environmental Sciences Department is committed to quality education, encompassing both classroom learning and hands-on field experience, ensuring that our students are fully prepared to meet the challenges faced after their college experience. The department offers four degree programs. These include the following:
- The Natural Resources Conservation A.A.S. program is the largest and oldest comprehensive environmental program offering the associate of applied science (A.A.S) degree in New York State.
- The Environmental and Natural Resources Conservation A.S. program is designed so students can seamlessly transfer to baccalaureate degree-granting institutions thereby ensuring junior status in baccalaureate degree curriculums.
- The Aquaculture and Aquatic Science A.A.S. program is designed to provide fundamental training in aquaculture, fisheries biology, limnology, and aquatic biology.
- The Renewable Resources B.Tech. program is designed to prepare students for entry into public and industrial jobs in natural resources conservation, environmental science, environmental technology, and aquaculture and aquatic science.
Practical, hands-on, outdoor activities and a low faculty to student ratio is typical in all the study programs offered by the department.
The Department of Environmental Sciences is involved in a variety of external educational programs, including the SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies. The SUNY Center for Brownfield Studies is an educational initiative aimed at environmental management and contamination cleanup coupled with redevelopment of properties. It involves a consortium of five educational institutions that include the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Institute of Technology, Morrisville State College, Mohawk Valley Community College, and Herkimer County Community College, have committed to develop and implement academic programs for the Center. These colleges began offering classes associated with brownfield remediation and redevelopment starting from the 2002 Spring semester.