Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Environmental Studies and Environmental Science

The environmental studies and sciences program provides an interdisciplinary foundation for students interested in the identification, study and solution of environmental problems. By integrating field work, community engagement, internships and geospatial analysis into a liberal arts curriculum, students gain the skills necessary to take their passion for the environment to the next level.

​Program Highlights

  • Preparation for careers in ecological restoration, pollution abatement, sustainability coordination, renewable energy systems, environmental education, policy and law.
  • Faculty committed to providing undergraduate education that integrates writing, hands-on experiences, and research opportunities across the curriculum.
  • Capital Region location provides easy access to field study sites in the Hudson River Valley and the Adirondack Mountains.
  • Access to and use of Geographic Information Systems.
  • The Environmental Science track is sharply focused on solving environmental problems with ecological and analytical tools with coursework in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics.
  • The Environmental Studies track draws upon the social sciences and humanities as problem-solving tools and pairs well with programs such as political science, international studies, business or community development.

Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences

Do you want to be part of the solution? As an environmental studies and sciences major at Siena College, you’ll become a problem solver. Siena’s curriculum gives you the tools to understand Earth's natural and social systems and to respond to environmental issues.

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Career Opportunities

Foresters manage public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. May inventory the type, amount, and location of standing timber, appraise the timber’s worth, negotiate the purchase, and draw up contracts for procurement. May determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with environmental regulations. May devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.

Job titles include: Forester, Area Forester, Fire Prevention Forester, Chief Unit Forester, Environmental Protection Forester, Regional Forester, Resource Forester, Service Forester, Urban Forester

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,950 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Conservation Scientists manage, improve, and protect natural resources to maximize their use without damaging the environment. May conduct soil surveys and develop plans to eliminate soil erosion or to protect rangelands. May instruct farmers, agricultural production managers, or ranchers in best ways to use crop rotation, contour plowing, or terracing to conserve soil and water; in the number and kind of livestock and forage plants best suited to particular ranges; and in range and farm improvements, such as fencing and reservoirs for stock watering.

Job titles include: Soil Conservationist, Conservationist, Land Reclamation Specialist, Land Resource Specialist, Environmental Analyst, Resource Conservation Specialist, Resource Conservationist, Erosion Control Specialist, Land Manager, Watershed Program Manager, Rangeland Management Specialist, Natural Resource Specialist, Land Management Supervisor, Natural Resource Manager, Resource Manager, Range Technician, Wildlife Manager, Grassland Conservationist, Habitat Management Coordinator, Park Ranger, Park Naturalist, Environmental Education Specialist, Park Interpretive Specialist, Park Activities Coordinator, Park Manager, Education Specialist, Historical Interpreter, Interpretive Naturalist, Program Manager

Wages:

The median annual wage was $61,100 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Environmental Engineers research, design, plan, or perform engineering duties in the prevention, control, and remediation of environmental hazards using various engineering disciplines. Work may include waste treatment, site remediation, or pollution control technology.

Job titles include: Air Pollution Control Engineer; Chief, Pesticides and Toxic Substances Branch; Environmental Analyst; Environmental Engineer; Environmental Remediation Specialist; Global Director Air and Climate Change; Hazardous Substances Engineer; Marine Engineer CPVEC (Marine Engineer Commercial Passenger Vessel Environmental Compliance); Regulatory Environmental Compliance Manager; Sanitary Engineer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $80,890 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Environmental Science Professors teach courses in environmental science. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Job titles include: Professor, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Environmental Sciences Professor, Lecturer, Instructor, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, Faculty Member, Professor of Environmental Science, Environmental Studies Professor

Wages:

The median annual wage was $77,320 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 8-14% from 2012 to 2022.

Environmental Scientists conduct research or perform investigation for the purpose of identifying, abating, or eliminating sources of pollutants or hazards that affect either the environment or the health of the population. Using knowledge of various scientific disciplines, may collect, synthesize, study, report, and recommend action based on data derived from measurements or observations of air, food, soil, water, and other sources.

Job titles include: Environmental Analyst, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist, Environmental Programs Specialist, Environmental Protection Specialist, Environmental Scientist, Environmental Specialist, Hazardous Substances Scientist, Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS), Research Environmental Scientist, Senior Environmental Scientist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $63,570 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 15-21% from 2012 to 2022.

Zoologists study the origins, behavior, diseases, genetics, and life processes of animals and wildlife. May specialize in wildlife research and management. May collect and analyze biological data to determine the environmental effects of present and potential use of land and water habitats.

Job titles include: Wildlife Biologist, Zoologist, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Fisheries Biologist, Fishery Biologist, Wildlife Manager, Aquatic Biologist, Assistant Research Scientist, Conservation Resources Management Biologist, Environmental Specialist

Wages:

The median annual wage was $57,710 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Chemical Technicians conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests to assist scientists in making qualitative and quantitative analyses of solids, liquids, and gaseous materials for research and development of new products or processes, quality control, maintenance of environmental standards, and other work involving experimental, theoretical, or practical application of chemistry and related sciences.

Job titles include: Laboratory Technician, Lab Tech, Laboratory Analyst, Lab analyst, Research Technician, Analytical Lab Technician, Laboratory Tester, lab tester, Research and Development Technician, Analytical Technician, Chemical Technician, Environmental Lab Technician and Formulation Technician.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $42,920 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to experience 8-14% growth from 2012 to 2022.