Environmental Management B.T.
and Environmental Studies A.A.S.

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Widespread environmental problems and a growing recognition of the importance of sustainable solutions have resulted in an increased demand for environmental managers and scientists.


SUNY Cobleskill’s four-year Bachelor of Technology in Environmental Management program educates students in the skills and technological applications critical to conserving biodiversity and natural resources in a dynamic and challenging global environment. Field-based courses provide hands-on experience in evaluating ecological impacts of land use practices, and the decision-making tools needed to effectively manage and conserve natural resources. Highlights of the program include ecological restoration, watershed management, invasive species management, biological control, terrestrial invertebrate ecology, soil and water conservation, forest ecology, and conservation biology. Public and private sector career opportunities abound in this growing field.

     Program Highlights

Field-based courses with a “hands on” approach to natural resource management

>> Unique environmental major which focuses on the skills necessary for the conservation and management of entire ecosystems 

>> Opportunity to meet and work with professionals in the field, both governmental agencies and private environmental consultants

>> Students develop the technical skills needed to effectively address contemporary environmental challenges

>> Exposure to global conservation issues through diverse study abroad opportunities available, which has included trips to Panama, Peru, Galapagos, and South Africa

>>  Students have the opportunity to work with individual faculty members on independent research and present their results at professional conferences

>>  Each student completes a project-based capstone designed to apply learned skills into a real-world scenario


     Degree Options

Environmental Studies (Associate of Applied Science)

>>  60 Credit Hours (2 Years)

>>  Easy transition into Bachelor degree programs at SUNY Cobleskill

>>  Upon completion of the AAS, students have the option to enter the workforce or continue to a four-year program in Environmental Management

Environmental Management (Bachelor of Technology)

>>  120 Credit Hours (4 Years)

>>  Students are required to obtain professional experience (an internship), which is typically completed during the summer.

>>  Ideal for students entering the workforce immediately upon graduation or seeking higher education in graduate school

     What Will I Learn?

Instruction takes place in the classroom, but relies extensively on field experiences in forests, streams and rivers, and agricultural lands in close proximity to campus.

Course content emphasizes current environmental issues such as invasive species, biological control of invasive species, climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, ecosystem services, and conservation of biodiversity.

                                                      Sample Classes

Ecological Restoration
Watershed Management
Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecology
Aquatic Ecology

Conservation Biology
Soil and Water Conservation
Forest Ecology
Applied Hydrology


     Career Outlook

Students are prepared for work in federal and regional governmental agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, and local Soil and Water Conservation districts. Private sector environmental consulting companies are also a major hiring source for our graduates. The program prepares students for a broad range of positions, including:

Biological science technician
Fishery biologist
Soil conservationist
Soil scientist
Wildlife biologist
Wildlife field technician
Wildlife lab technician
Wildlife refuge manager
Conservation agronomist
Agricultural management specialist
Agricultural extension specialist
Range technician
Range conservationist
Plant protection technician
Forestry technician
Environmental scientist
Environmental compliance manager
Environmental field technician
Environmental specialist
Water resources technician
Watershed coordinator
Park naturalist/ranger

     Senior Capstone

Central to the program is a project-based capstone sequence that allows students to develop and conduct an independent project and present the results of their work at a professional conference. The sequence focuses on professional development, research methodology, proposal development, data collection, analysis and presentation.


Students gain valuable experience through the internship program. Past students have completed internships for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Conservation, among many other private agencies.


The College’s ultra-modern Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources serves as a laboratory for hands-on learning. The interdisciplinary building, unique in the nation, includes state-of-the-art greenhouses, a 40,000-gallon cold water fish hatchery and a USDA inspected meat laboratory. The surrounding 905 acre campus includes a working farm, with a 200-cow contemporary free stall dairy, an equine complex with an indoor arena, and a fully equipped agricultural engineering technology facility.

     Meet the Faculty

Dr. Carmen Greenwood, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 127
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Dr. Andrew Gascho Landis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Office: Center for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Room 123