SUNY New Paltz adds Environmental Studies minor
NEW PALTZ -- The State University of New York at New Paltz has added an Environmental Studies minor to the list of programs offered through the School of Science and Engineering.
The Environmental Studies minor is a highly interdisciplinary program. It gives an overview of the causes and consequences of current environmental problems, and provides basic tools and understanding students will need to become active participants in the solutions.
Course work comes from anthropology, chemistry, geography, geology, mathematics, political science, sociology and fieldwork experience.
David Clark, the director of the Environmental Studies minor, said, "Perhaps the central problem that we face in the twenty-first century is that of determining how our vast population and economy can persist without consuming and destroying the natural environment that sustains it. Solving this problem is a fascinating challenge that will require just about every area of expertise we have. By coupling this program with their chosen majors, our students will be able to actively contribute to this effort in the future."
The new Environmental Studies minor adds to a growing core of environmental programs at SUNY New Paltz. In August 2003, the college gained final state approval to offer a unique baccalaureate degree in Environmental Geochemical Science. Last fall, Congressman Maurice Hinchey secured $750,000 for the modernization and development of environmental science laboratories at SUNY New Paltz and Ulster County Community College.
In addition, environmental lectures are frequently sponsored through the School of Science and Engineering Colloquium Series and the Environmental Task Force.
Located in the heart of a dynamic college town, 90 minutes from metropolitan New York City, the State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective college of about 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
One of the most well-regarded public colleges in the nation, New Paltz delivers an extraordinary number of majors in Business, Liberal Arts, Sciences, Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts and Education.
New Paltz embraces its culture as a community where talented and independent minded people from around the world create close personal links with real scholars and artists who love to teach.