Why choose Environmental Sciences at Fredonia?
Small Class Sizes
|All lecture courses at SUNY Fredonia are much smaller than those found
at larger research institutions. The average class size at SUNY Fredonia
is 25 students and those within Environmental Sciences
are typically around 12. Smaller class sizes not only allow for more
personalized instruction, encouraging interactions between faculty and
students, but also allow for more engaged activities. Beyond the first
year, most biology, geosciences and environmental sciences courses rely
upon field-based work getting students out of the classroom and into the
environment. Additionally many of the advanced courses within our
program involve community-based research in which the students are working to investigate and understand real issues within our local community.
|All Environmental Sciences
majors are advised by the program coordinator, Dr. Sherri A. Mason. Dr.
Mason is committed to graduating students in the most timely manner
possible, while understanding the abilities and interests of each
individual student. Students meet with their adviser for a 30-minute
advising session before each registration period, and are encouraged to
contact her either via email or in-person in her office whenever they
have questions or concerns. From the first advisement a full plan of
what classes to take each semester to graduation is laid out. This plan
may change as student's progress in the program and given their
particular interests, but the plan provides a foundation for the
student-adviser team to work from to ensure all graduation requirements
are being met in a timely fashion.
Internships & Research Opportunities
All Environmental Sciences
majors are required to complete at least 3-credit hours of "practicum"
as part of their graduation requirements. Practicum credit can be
fulfilled either through an internship or through research with a
faculty adviser. The practicum requirement is an integral aspect of our
program as it provides our students with important practical experience
they need outside of their classroom learning experiences.
Our students have completed internships through, among others: the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation, Student Conservation Association, Ecology and Environment, EagleMountain Scientific, Dunkirk Bio-Electric, Food & Water Watch, National Park Service, Chautauqua County Department of Health, Chautauqua County Soil and Water Conservation District, Energy Justice Network, Hamburg Natural History Society (Penn Dixie), and the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program. Please visit our internships page for more information.
|All environmental sciences faculty maintain active research programs
involving undergraduate research assistants. Please visit our faculty research interests page for more information.
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