Marymount Manhattan

Department of
Natural Sciences

Major: Environmental Studies

Our Environmental Studies program fosters an integrated understanding of environmental issues encompassing perspectives from the humanities, natural science, and social science.  ES majors supplement their coursework with experiences outside the classroom. 


LEARNING GOALS FOR THE MAJOR IN environmental studies

  • Apply and relate fundamental concepts from the social sciences and the humanities underlying environmental thought and governance.
  • Recognize and describe fundamental physical and biological principles that govern natural processes.
  • Explain and integrate perspectives from across the natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities in the context of complex environmental problems.
  • Evaluate and communicate the complex relationships between scientific approaches to environmental issues and political, social, economic, and ethical perspectives on the environment.


Major: 43-44 Credits
General Education: 42 Credits
Electives: 34-35 Credits


Required Courses
ENV115 Environmental Science    3
ENV 310 Applied Environmental Science     3
CHEM/ENV 105 Chemistry and the Environment              3
BIOL 127 Evolution (OR BIOL 222 General Biology II )
3 (4)
PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics                                      3
IS/ECO 214 The Global Economy          3
IS 320 Food Security     
PS 335 Green Political Thought 3
MATH 141 Precalculus 4
MATH 224 Statistics 3
Capstone Experience (Internship or Independent Study)
Plus 9 credits chosen from the following:
ENV 170 General Geology    3
IS 207 World Geography   3
ENV 316 Natural Disasters and the Environment 3
ENV 312 Energy and Climate Change 3
BIOL 330 Conservation Biology        3
ENV 314 Controversies in Environmental Science  3
PHYS 261 General Physics I                                            5
SOC 218 Environmental Sociology        3
BIOL 392 Ecology   3
PHIL 409 History and Philosophy of Science    3
Total Credits for Major


Career objectives for ES majors are in the fields of environmental policy and consulting, sustainable development, and environmental education. Students will also be able to pursue graduate studies in various areas from environmental science to energy policy to resource management. 

Faces of MMC

  • Olympia Gaglioti

    Class of 2012, Major in Biology

  • Devin Columbus

    Class of 2009, Major in Biology

  • Zach Barbati

    Class of 2010, Major in Biology

  • Ashley Pirovano

    Class of 2013, Major in Biology

  • Elizabeth Perez

    Class of 2006, Major in Biology

  • Kirtan Kaur

    Class of 2012, Major in Biology

  • Emerson Khost

    Class of 2013, Major in Biology