Marymount Manhattan


Department of
Natural Sciences

Minor: Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies Program fosters an integrated understanding of environmental issues that encompasses perspectives from the curriculum’s three broad disciplines - humanities, natural science, and social science.

It is thus an interdisciplinary study of how human activities are dependent upon natural processes through interpretation of the historical, scientific, political, and economic aspects of environmental science. We offer abundant opportunities for students to supplement their academic learning with experiences outside the classroom.

Students minoring in Environmental Studies will be able to:

  • 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.

Students are encouraged to consult with faculty to conduct research projects through independent studies, fellowship-funded summer research, and honors projects.


Requirements for a minor in environmental studies

Required Course:  
ENV 115 Environmental Science 3
Students must take a minimum of 15 credits from the following:     
 
ENV 170 General Geology 3
IS 207 World Geography 3
PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics 3
ENV 310 Applied Environmental Science 3
BIOL 330 Conservation Biology 3
PS 355 Green Political Thought 3
PSYCH 361 Environmental Psychology 3
BIOL 392 Ecology 3
Total Credits 18

Some Advanced Interdisciplinary Studies Courses may be applied to this minor; see the faculty members above to determine which courses apply.


Faces of MMC

  • <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/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></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/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/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>
  • <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/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>