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: 42 Credits
General Education: 42 Credits
Electives: 36 Credits


Required Courses:
ENV 115  Environmental Science    3
CHEM/ENV 105  Chemistry and the Environment 3
MATH 141  Precalculus 3
ECO/IS 214  The Global Economy          3
MATH 224  Statistics 3
PHIL 306  Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 314  Controversies in Environmental Science 3
PS 335  Green Political Thought 3
PHR 218  Environmental Justice 3
ENV 497  Research (Capstone) 3
Total Required Credits 30
Plus at least 12 credits chosen from the following:
BIOL 127  Evolution 3
ENV 170  General Geology    3
IS 207  World Geography   3
BIOL 222  General Biology II 4
PHYS 261  General Physics I 5
ENV 310  Applied Environmental Science     3
ENV 312  Energy and Climate Change 3
ENV 316  Natural Disasters and the Environment 3
BIOL 330  Conservation Biology        3
BIOL 392  Ecology   3
PHIL 409  History and Philosophy of Science    3
Total Credits for Major 42
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

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/818-kirtan-kaur"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/16,91,1440,1516/7408_6032_kaur.jpg" alt="Kirtan Kaur" title="Kirtan Kaur" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Today as I sit in my graduate level classes and begin my thesis research, I look back and realize how fortunate I am to have picked MMC for my biology degree.  I owe it to extraordinary faculty at MMC that have given me a strong foundation in science through patient, challenging, one-on-one teaching that I would not have found anywhere else!  MMC is a great college to attend if you want to experience rigor, opportunities and a small, close-knit science community.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/818-kirtan-kaur">Kirtan Kaur</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a> with Minor in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-environmental-studies.php" target="_blank">Environmental Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/814-zach-barbati"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/146,0,747,601/6728_zach.jpg" alt="Zach Barbati" title="Zach Barbati" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “My experience at Marymount Manhattan College challenged me not only to study the basic sciences in a typical linear sequence, but rather to integrate coursework in sociology, language, and philosophy into the Biology major courses. Furthermore, I felt challenged by my mentors to continually revisit foundational concepts in advanced classes, so as to reinforce key concepts that are important for developing a strong foundation in the biological sciences.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/814-zach-barbati">Zach Barbati</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2010, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/885-olympia-gaglioti"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/0,20,237,257/6597_olympia.jpg" alt="Olympia Gaglioti" title="Olympia Gaglioti" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The rigorous curriculum taught me how to study and manage my time. The small class sizes allowed me to know my professors as people, not just educators, so much so that one interviewer commented that my letter of recommendation was one of the best they’ve ever read.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/885-olympia-gaglioti">Olympia Gaglioti</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/815-emerson-khost"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/144,106,767,729/6530_emerson.jpg" alt="Emerson Khost" title="Emerson Khost" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “When I was at Marymount, I worked in Dr. Aguanno’s lab for three years, during which time I designed experiments for the lab’s research project, assembled formal scientific posters presenting my data, and attended numerous professional meetings at the national level. It took me a long time to realize how unusual it was as an undergrad to have so much agency in my research, and it gave me a tremendous advantage in making the transition to grad school.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/815-emerson-khost">Emerson Khost</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/11232_romano_raymond_1508-01.jpg" alt="Raymond Romano" title="Raymond Romano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> <em>“Few of my graduate student colleagues can say they had such a fruitful undergraduate experience compared to me. While at MMC, I was able to present seven scientific posters at regional and national conferences. I had the opportunity to participate in two academic talks, and I was also co-author of one publication on organ donation. Since leaving MMC, I have used the skills daily that were taught to me by MMC faculty, ranging from time-management, to critical thinking, and applying concepts of physiology.” </em></p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1407-raymond-romano">Raymond Romano</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2011, Major in Biology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/817-elizabeth-perez"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/90,77,338,325/6538_elizabeth.jpg" alt="Elizabeth Perez" title="Elizabeth Perez" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> The successes I have experienced as a researcher since completing my biology degree at MMC in 2006 were the direct result of dedicated professors and outstanding mentorship.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/817-elizabeth-perez">Elizabeth Perez</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2006, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/816-devin-columbus"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/156,70,452,366/6607_devin.jpg" alt="Devin Columbus" title="Devin Columbus" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “As a bio major at MMC, I was continuously challenged and encouraged by my faculty and peers. Whether I was studying, conducting research, or discussing random scientific topics after class, the bio department was like a second home throughout my college years.  The skills and knowledge I gained during this time continue to filter into my daily professional life, and the relationships I fostered remain invaluable.”</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/816-devin-columbus">Devin Columbus</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2009, Major in <a href="/departments/natural-sciences/major-biology.php">Biology</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1540-victoria-mcilrath"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/137,0,1917,1780/12683_drexel_photo.jpg" alt="Victoria McIlrath" title="Victoria McIlrath" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> Currently in graduate school, I am enrolled in a rigorous class in which students present published scientific literature. Because of <a href="" target="_blank">Dr. Ann Aguanno</a>’s senior seminar class that I completed at MMC, I have the knowledge and skill set required to understand, communicate and present the ideas and data of primary literature. My current success is a product of the exceptional teaching and guidance offered by MMC’s teaching faculty.</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1540-victoria-mcilrath">Victoria McIlrath</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Major in Biology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1729-alice-trye"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/src_region/1,72,393,463/13853_alice.jpg" alt="Alice Trye" title="Alice Trye" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><div> <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;">MMC Biology alumna Alice Trye will be attending Rutgers New Jersey Medical School starting August 2017 as part of the class of 2021. She currently works at NYU Langone Medical Center as a research associate in the Department of Pediatrics.</span></div><div> <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;"> </span></div><div> <span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium;">“MMC Biology prepared me for graduate medical education with its rigorous curriculum and supportive faculty. I would not have made it this far without the education I received in the small classes. My research experience set me apart from other applicants when I was applying for jobs and med school. I look forward to continuing my journey to becoming a physician.”</span></div><div> <div> <div> <font size="3" face="Times New Roman"> </font> </div> </div></div></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1729-alice-trye">Alice Trye</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2015, Bachelor of Science in Biology</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/953-ashley-michele-pirovano"><img src="/live/image/gid/108/width/215/7847_pirovano_big_science.jpg" alt="Ashley Michele Pirovano" title="Ashley Michele Pirovano" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The small class sizes and individual attention are really unique to MMC. Not only does this foster a great learning environment, but it also allows for a personal connection with the professors.”  –Ashley Pirovano ’13, currently a Ph.D. candidate at SUNY-ESF</p></div> <div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/953-ashley-michele-pirovano">Ashley Michele Pirovano</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2013, Major in Biology</p></div>