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Organizing Themes in the Environmental Studies (ES) Program at Skidmore College

Below are a set of organizing themes for each track of the ES major.  A theme is not a requirement of the ES major, but rather a possible framework aimed at guiding choices regarding courses, study abroad, and internships.  We encourage students to talk with their advisors about themes of interest and also research opportunities that might complement different themes.

Social & Cultural Perspectives TrackEnvironmental Science Track

ES-Social and Cultural Perspectives Track Themes:
Environmental Policy
Sustainable Development
Natural Resource Policy and Planning
Public Health
Environmental Economics
Environmental Sociology
Energy Analysis and Planning

ES-Environmental Science Track Themes:
Water Resource Management
Landuse and Watershed Planning
Environmental Remediation and Restoration
Natural Resource and Wildlife Management
Conservation Biology
Agro-Ecology

ES-Social and Cultural Perspectives Track Themes:

Environmental Policy
Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science


Core:
EC 104 Intro To Microeconomics (ES)      
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology


Social & Cultural Electives:
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
GO 339 International Political Economy and Environment
HI 217 American Environmental History
HI 312 Industry, Empire and the Environment
SO 326 Social Theories of the Environment

Natural Science Electives:
BI 115 H Ecology of Food
BI 160 Conservation Biology
BI 180 Economic Botany
BI 327 Conservation Ecology
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources
GE 211 Climatology

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics

SO 226 Social Resource Analysis

SO 227 Social Resource Design

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SIT Brazil – Amazon Resource Management and Human Ecology
SIT Australia-Sustainability and the Environment

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at the State Assembly, American Farmland Trust, and Environmental Advocates.

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Sustainable Development
Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science


Core:    
EC 104 Intro to Microeconomics (ES)

EN 229 Literature and the Environment
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AM 232 H New England Begins
AN 345 Ecological Anthropology
EC 316 Economics of Development
ES 221 Sustainable Development
HI 217 American Environmental History
HI 312 Industry, Empire, and the Environment
PH 225 Environmental Philosophy
SO 326 Social Theories of the Environment
SO 331 Women in Global Economy

Natural Science Electives:
BI 115 H Ecology of Food
BI 180 Economic Botany
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy        
GE 211 Climatology
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics
SO 226 Social Resource Analysis

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SIT Australia-Sustainability and the Environment
International Honors Program

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at the State Assembly, American Farmland Trust, Environmental Advocates, Sierra Club, and Wilton Wildlife Preserve.

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Natural Resource Policy and Planning

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science

Core:
EC 104 Intro to Microeconomics (ES)
EN 229 Literature and the Environment
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 345 Ecological Anthropology
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
HI 217 American Environmental History
SO 223 Environmental Sociology
SO 326 Social Theories of the Environment

Natural Science Electives:
BI 115 H Ecology of Food
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy
GE 211 Climatology
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SIT Botswana – Community-Based Natural Resource Management
SIT Tanzania – Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
SIT Tanzania Zanzibar – Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
SIT Viet Nam – Delta Ecology and Resource Management
SFS Turks and Caicos – Marine Resource Management Studies

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at Saratoga PLAN, Municipal Stormwater Program, City of Saratoga Springs - Planning Department, Wilton Wildlife, and Environmental Advocates.

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Public Health

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science

Core:
EC 104 Intro to Microeconomics (ES)
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 344 Anthropology & Environmental Health
EC 316 Economics of Development
ES 281 Disease & the Environment

SO 326 Social Theories of the Environment

WS 210 Ecofeminism, Women, and the Environment

Natural Science Electives:
BI 115H Ecology of Food
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy        
GE 207 Climatology

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
International Honors Program

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at the Saratoga Foundation for Women Worldwide.

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Environmental Economics

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science

Core:
EC 104 Intro to Microeconomics (ES)
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
ES 221 Sustainable Development
EC 316 Economics of Development

GO 339 International Political Economy and the Environment
HI 217 American Environmental History
SO 331 Women in Global Economy

Natural Science Electives:
BI 180 Economic Botany
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy        
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources

Methods:
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics
ID 210 Introduction to GIS

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SIT Australia – Sustainability and the Environment
SIT Brazil – Natural Resource Management

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at STEP Park.

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Environmental Sociology

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science

Core:
EN 229 Literature and the Environment
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 344 Ecological Anthropology
HI 217 American Environmental History
PH 225 Environmental Philosophy
SO 326 Social Theories of the Environment
SO 331 Women in Global Economy
WS 210 Ecofeminism, Women, and the Environment

Natural Science Electives:
GE 207 Climatology
BI 115H Ecology of Food

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS
SO 226 Social Resource Analysis
SO 227 Social Resource Design

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
Any SIT program

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at Wilton Wildlife Preserve and Park.

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Energy Analysis and Planning 


Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
ES 105 Field Studies in Environmental Science

Core:
EC 104 Intro to Microeconomics (ES)
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
SO 223 Environmental Sociology

Social & Cultural Electives:
EC 343 Environmental and Resource Economics
EC 361 Economics of Climate Change

ES 221 Sustainable Development
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
ES 351 Climate Change Science and Policy
GO 231 Environmental Policy and Politics
HI 217 American Environmental History
HI 312 Industry, Empire and the Environment

Natural Science Electives:
ES 251 The Engineering and Ecology of Energy
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources
GE 211 Climatology        

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:        
SIT Iceland – Renewable Energy, Technology, and Resource Economics (summer)
Frontiers Abroad

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at NYSERDA and Plug Power.


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ES-Environmental Science Track Themes:

Water Resource Management
Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH  107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems


Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics


Natural Science Electives:
CH 303 Modern Analytical Chemistry
ES 351 Restoration Ecology
GE 301 Hydrogeologic Systems
GE 304 Geomorphology

Social & Cultural Electives:
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
HI 217 American Environmental History


Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
Woods Hole – Semester in Environmental Science
SFS Mexico – Conserving Marine Mammal & Coastal Ecosystems
SIT Vietnam – Delta Ecology and Resource Management
Williams Mystic

Local Internship Opportunities:  
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at EPA, Environmental Advocates – Air and Water Division, County Soil & Water, and the Municipal Stormwater Program.

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Landuse and Watershed Planning

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems


Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics

Natural Science Electives:
ES 351 Restoration Ecology

ES 351 Urban Ecology
GE 304 Geomorphology


Social & Cultural Electives:
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
ES 221 Sustainable Development
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
HI 217 American Environmental History

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SFS Costa Rica – Sustainable Development Studies
SIT Viet Nam – Delta Ecology and Resource Management


Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at Saratoga PLAN, County Soil & Water Office, Wilton Wildlife, CDRPC, and the Municipal Stormwater Program.

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Environmental Remediation and Restoration

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics


Natural Science Electives:
BI 351 Biological Invasions
ES 351 Restoration Ecology
GE 301 Hydrogeologic Systems
GE 304 Geomorphology


Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 344 Anthropology and Environmental Health
AN 345 Ecological Anthropology

ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues

GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
PH 225 Environmental Philosophy


Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
Independent Research on various SFS/SIT Programs
   

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at Wilton Wildlife, the LA Group, and Saratoga PLAN.

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Natural Resource and Wildlife Management

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics


Natural Science Electives:
BI 241 Ecology
BI 307 Ornithology
BI 339 Plant-Animal Interactions
BI 351 Biological Invasions
GE 208 Origin and Distribution of Natural Resources
GE 304 Geomorphology


Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 344 Ecological Anthropology
EC 343 Environmental Resource Economics
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
GO 231 Environmental Politics and Policy
HI 217 American Environmental History

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SIT Botswana – Community-Based Natural Resource Management
SIT Tanzania – Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology
SIT Tanzania Zanzibar – Coastal Ecology and Natural Resource Management
SIT Viet Nam – Delta Ecology and Resource Management
SFS Turks and Caicos – Marine Resource Management Studies
SFS – Tropical Rainforest Studies

Local Internship Opportunities:  
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at Wilton Wildlife, Saratoga PLAN, Saratoga Battlefield, and Moreau State Park.

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Conservation Biology

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems


Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics


Natural Science Electives:
BI 241 Ecology
BI 327 Conservation Ecology
BI 324 Evolution
BI 307 Ornithology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AN 345 Ecological Anthropology
EC 343 Environmental and Resource Economics
ES 351 Environmental Legal Issues
GO 231 Environmental Policy and Planning

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SFS Mexico – Conserving Marine Mammals and Coast Ecosystems
SFS Australia – Tropical Rainforest Studies
SFS Costa Rica - Sustainable Development Studies
SIT-Botswana
SIT Madagascar

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at the Nature Conservancy and Wilton Wildlife.

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Agro-ecology

Foundation:
ES 100 Environmental Concerns in Perspective
BI 105 Biological Sciences I: Unity and Diversity of Life
BI 106 Biological Sciences II: Diversity of Life
CH 105 Chemical Principles I and CH 106 Chemical Principles II (or CH 107H Intensive General Chemistry Honors)
GE 101 Earth Systems Science

Core:
ES 205 Conservation and the Use of Forested Landscapes
ES 206 Watershed Assessment: Dynamics and Integrity of Aquatic Systems

Methods:
ID 210 Introduction to GIS        
MS 104 Introduction to Statistics


Natural Science Electives:
BI 241 Ecology
GE 304 Geomorphology

Social & Cultural Electives:
AM 260B The Machine in the Garden
ES 251 Food, Food Culture, and Society
HI 217 American Environmental History

Abroad/Domestic Program Opportunities:
SFS Costa Rica – Sustainable Development Studies

Local Internship Opportunities:
Please see Anne Ernst for contacts and opportunities at the American Farmland Trust, local farms, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
 

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