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    Why Environmental Studies?

    You’re concerned about the planet. So are we. Temperatures are rising. Natural disasters are becoming more extreme. And vulnerable communities are disproportionately impacted. In our Environmental Studies major, you’ll craft sustainable solutions with insights from natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

    Why Environmental Studies at MMC?

    Use New York City as your living laboratory as you analyze how government policy impacts nature, and how it impacts people. Our interdisciplinary approach to Environmental Studies means you’ll understand challenges caused by climate change and globalization from many perspectives.

    Spend time outdoors conducting fieldwork in the city. Focus on issues unique to the urban environment. Take advantage of internship opportunities in public policy, environmental conservation, and urban resource management. Volunteer for organizations doing the work you believe in.

    Graduate with both the knowledge and experience you need for a career in urban planning, public policy, environmental consulting, education, or advocacy.

    What You Will Learn as an Environmental Studies Major

    We know climate change is real; how do we demand action? What happens when scientific understanding meets economic, political, and social realities? You’ll learn how to navigate these complex relationships and consider an issue from many perspectives.

    • You’ll build a scientific knowledge base. You’ll learn fundamental biological principles of natural processes.
    • You’ll develop your reading, writing, and presentation skills to become an effective communicator around environmental issues.


    Matthew Lundquist, Ph.D.,
    Chair of Natural Sciences

    Program Highlights

    Just steps away from Central Park, MMC is the perfect place to enjoy summer in New York City.

    You don’t have to wait until graduation to begin your career. Gain hands-on experience at some of New York’s premier biomedical facilities like Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Columbia University, and the American Museum of Natural History.

    Our small class sizes provide the opportunity for individualized learning. You’ll interact with faculty and fellow students, both in and out of the classroom, sharing ideas and concerns, and making close friendships. You’ll become part of a close-knit group of faculty and students.
    Listening to a presentation on Honors Day 2013
    Put your own hypotheses to the test. The labs in our campus are available to you for your own independent research. Our faculty members will become your mentors as they guide you through your projects.

    Careers and Outcomes

    As an Environmental Studies major, you’ll graduate as a creative problem-solver ready to roll up your sleeves on sustainability issues. You’ll be prepared for a career in urban planning, public policy, environmental consulting, education, advocacy, and more. You might also choose to pursue graduate school for Environmental Studies or related fields. Below are just a few of the roles and places our alumni have landed.

    Graduate Schools

    • CUNY School of Law
    • London School of Economics
    • New York University School of Medicine
    • New York University Wagner School of Public Service
    • University College Dublin


    • AECOM
    • Clinton Global Initiative
    • Fulbright Scholar Program
    • TJP Engineering

    The Lundquist Urban Ecology Lab

    Led by Professor Matthew J. Lundquist, Ph.D., the Urban Ecology lab examines the ecological impacts of urbanization. Current research projects include insect biodiversity in Manhattan, impacts of tourism on green space, and more. 

    Check out the lab

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