Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary academic field, as well as a field of practical endeavor. Both fields address key interrelated social, scientific, political and ethical issues.
The Environmental Studies program educate students in the reciprocal interactions between humans, nature, and the built environment. The major encompasses and integrates study in three core areas:
- basic principles of ecology and environmental sciences;
- environmental ethics and aesthetics;
- environmental social policy and science.
As part of the degree requirements, students choose a concentration in one of these three areas.
As a degree offered at St. Bonaventure University, with its Catholic Franciscan tradition, mission, and value of care for Creation, the program requirements put to good use the natural setting of the campus and surrounding areas, as well as their built environments.
Environmental Studies majors go on to careers in industry, government, and the non-profit sector, as well as to graduate and professional programs in environmental studies and sustainability.