Environmental Studies

The Senior Program

The Senior Program is an integrating, culminating experience that draws on the knowledge and research skills you have developed in the first three years. At its heart is the senior project. The project is a detailed exploration of an environmental topic that culminates in a research paper and oral presentation. The Senior Project should demonstrate competent application of methods and concepts from within the student's selected discipline but may also incorporate methods and concepts of other academic fields reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. Majors plan and pursue this independent project under the close supervision of a faculty member and the program's advisory committee.

Recent projects in environmental studies include:

  • The Environmental Factors Behind the Rising Rates of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Mercury Exposure, Air Pollution, and Pesticide Use
  • Deeply Rooted: The Origins of Environmentalism
  • What's Lost in “Win-Win”: The Evolution of Barack Obama's Climate Change Rhetoric, 2009-2015
  • Assessing the Viability of Shale Oil as a Sustainable Energy Resource
  • The Spatiotemporal Patterns of Agriculturally Relevant Extreme Weather Events in New York State
  • How will the Atlantic Oyster (C. virginica) Respond to the Predicted Impacts of Global Climate Change?
  • Does the Economic Gain from Unconventional Drilling Justify the Cost?
  • Shifting Spatiotemporal Weather Trends in US Cities from 1981-2012
  • The Self-Obfuscated Carbon Footprint of the Internet
  • Assessing Invasion: Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) in the Glenò
  • Feed-in Tariff Policies: Is There a Tradeoff Between Environmental Stewardship and Economic Growth?
  • Allyl Isothiocyanate and the Invasive Success of Alliaria petiolata