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SUNY Cobleskill Launches Environmental Management Bachelor of Technology Degree Program

COBLESKILL, NY – SUNY Cobleskill has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Technology degree program in Environmental Management. The college, responding to a growing recognition of the importance of sustainable solutions to widespread environmental issues, and an increased demand for environmental managers, has developed the program with input from natural resource agencies and industry experts. The program educates students in ecosystem management, soil and water conservation, and ecosystem restoration, and will prepare them for a broad variety of public and private sector careers, as well as advanced studies. The college is accepting students for the Fall 2018 semester.

Courses emphasizing experiential learning in soil and water conservation, watershed management, conservation biology, restoration ecology, terrestrial and aquatic ecology, terrestrial invertebrate ecology, invasive species management, environmental planning, and applied hydrology form the core of the coursework in the program. True to SUNY Cobleskill’s renowned commitment to applied learning, the program incorporates extensive field experiences in state forests, streams, and rivers, and agricultural lands in close proximity to campus. The Field Studies course can include an international study component. New courses that have been developed to complement existing courses include Environmental Scientific Communication (I and II), Environmental Research Methods (I and II), and Environmental Professions Colloquium.

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.

The college’s 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 processing laboratory. The surrounding 902-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.

The Environmental Management Bachelor of Technology degree program joins a growing list of new bachelor degree programs including Food Systems & Technology, Fermentation Science, Applied Fermentation, and Therapeutic Horsemanship.

Learn more about the program at www.cobleskill.edu/environmental.

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