The Environmental Studies program critically analyzes key issues such as sustainability, pollution, poverty, biodiversity, and resource use, with the goal of equipping you with the knowledge and skills needed to help find solutions with a strong values orientation. Our interdisciplinary approach provides the educational vehicle to thoroughly examine issues from a variety of perspectives – economic, ethical, political, historical, and scientific.
The Environmental Studies and Science department serves as an environmental citizen in its communities of New York City and Westchester County. “We envision Pace as an institution that provides a place for learning and discussing environmental issues affecting the region,” Department Chair, E. Melanie DuPuis, PhD.
Working with community partners, we create new projects and opportunities that provide both hands-on education for our students and a place for people to meet and discuss the environmental issues that are affecting our region and the world. We have partnered with local organizations such as Teatown Lake Reservation, Stone Barns Center for Agriculture, Rockefeller Preserve, the Pocantico River Watershed Alliance, American Museum of Natural History, and the Nature Conservancy to create workshops, events, courses, student projects and internships that teach students professional and scientific skills while helping to progress education and research in New York City and Westchester County.
RESEARCH AND PRACTICE
Student-faculty research is a benchmark of the Dyson College experience. Our faculty consists of scientists, geographers, philosophers, sociologists, and anthropologists who are concerned with the interaction between humans and the natural world. They are actively involved in both basic and applied research in a wide range of areas. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge and skills in projects working with our many community partners.
Our graduates have gone on to careers in environmental law, environmental journalism, environmental education, and wildlife conservation and have worked as lobbyists on the state and federal level.
GRADUATE AND COMBINED DEGREE PROGRAMS
The environmental studies major can be combined with a Pace Law degree, an MA in Environmental Policy or an MS in Environmental Science. Our combined degree programs allow students to take courses as an undergraduate that will count toward a master’s degree, so they can graduate with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in less time.
Our majors can be tailored to suit your career objectives, as well as provide you with many opportunities to gain hands-on experience beyond the classroom through fieldwork and internships.