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Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science at Fredoina incorporates the strengths of Fredonia’s outstanding programs in Biology, Chemistry, and Geosciences to understand the Earth ecosystem as a whole. The program emphasizes field experiences where students collect environmental samples, analyze them, and produce comprehensive interpretations of the data. Students demonstrate their ability to conduct independent work in the environmental sciences through internships with local conservation departments, consulting firms or municipalities, or through research with a faculty member.

The Fredonia Difference

Advantages of the Fredonia program include many opportunities for student research, a program that focuses on experiential learning, and a wide variety of career choices. Fredonia’s location within the western corner of New York State provides unique water resources (e.g., the Great Lakes), soil and mineral characteristics (stemming from our shale bedrock), and atmospheric phenomena for students’ research.

Career Opportunities

  • Consulting
  • Resource management
  • Conservation scientist
  • Aquatic and fishery research/management
  • Wildlife management
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental and community planning

It's Different Here


Fredonia's program is interdisciplinary and focuses on experiential learning


Fredonia’s geographic location offers unique opportunities to study Environmental Sciences


The time is now: opportunities for employment in the environmental sciences has never been better, given current economic and environmental realities.

Sample Courses

ESCI 100 Environmental Sciences First-Year Seminar

The course is designed for Freshman Environmental Sciences majors to assist them in their transition into a college environment, to introduce them more specifically to the Environmental Sciences program, to help them acquire the skills necessary to be successful in a science major, and as a first introduction into some of the most pressing contemporary environmental issues.

ESCI 105 Global Environmental Issues

The course's objective is to increase student awareness of the environmental issues that affect different parts of the world and the planet as a whole. The course will explore the historical roots of the problems and how different societies deal with environmental degradation. Topics will include overpopulation, food production, water scarcity, pollution and global climate change, among others.

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