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Major Concentrations & Career Tracks

major concentrations & career tracks
In preparation for employment and graduate school, the following Major Concentrations and Career Tracks can be pursed through major electives, internships, the capstone research or internship thesis course, a minor or second major (up to two courses can be double counted toward a minor or second major), and advice from the Alumni Career Advisory Board members listed below who are engaged in successful environmental careers and are available to answer your questions (students should email the appropriate member). The Environmental Studies program expresses its gratitude to these alumni for generously serving on the board. Students should also join the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities Student Network to receive emails about the Annual Career and Graduate Program Fair, internships and employment opportunities in the region. Please also consult the Employment and Graduate School page links in the left margin.

environmental law

Recommended minor: Political Science. Pre-Law Program (exceptional students in this program may apply to enter Fordham’s School of Law in their senior year). Additional resources: Fordham Environmental Law Review; Leitner Center for International Law and Justice.



Career Advisors

John Cahill

Fordham University, Class of 1981.
Commissioner, NY State Dept. of Environmental Conservation (1997-2000).
Contact information:

Pace University School of Law; JD 1985, LLM 1991 Environmental Law.
Principal, The Pataki Cahill Group.
Counsel, Chadbourne & Parke LLP
General Counsel, Department of Environmental Conservation, 1995-1997.
Senior Policy Advisor to the Governor of the State of New York, 2000-2001.
Secretary/Chief of Staff to the Governor of the State of New York, 2001-2006.
Board Member: Open Space Institute, Adirondack Council, New York League of Conservation Voters.

Kelsey Ripper

Fordham University, Class of 2008.
Fordham Law School, J.D., Class of 2013.
President, Fordham Law School’s Environmental Law Advocates
Legal Intern, New York City Council, Infrastructure Division.
Symposium Editor, Fordham Environmental Law Review


Environmental Politics, Government and Regulation

Recommended minor: Political Science

Devin Gladden

Fordham University, Class of 2009.
Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation, London School of Economics and Political Science, Class of 2012.
Paralegal, US Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, 2009-11.
Study Abroad, Tanzania, Environmental Science and Policy, 2008.
Udall Scholarship on the Environment, 2008.

Thomas Zellers

Fordham University, Class of 2010.
MS in Water Science and Governance, King's College London.
Program Associate, Environment America.
Study Abroad, South Vietnam, Environmental Science and Policy, 2009.
Founding Member, Fordham Students for Environmental Awareness and Justice (SEAJ).

Sustainable Business & Environmental Economics

Recommended minor: Business Administration or Economics. Search
for sustainable business internships at Gabelli School of Business Connect.

Michael Noel

Fordham University, Class of 2010.
Sustainability Marketing Specialist, Clackamas Community College.
Market Research & Strategy, J. Ottman Consulting

Analyst, Futerra

Sharon Livesey

Gabelli School of Business
Faculty, Environmental Studies

Green Architecture & Sustainable Urban Planning

Recommended minors: Visual Arts and Pre-Professional Architecture Program (see course requirements). Between 4 and 2 Visual Arts courses can count toward the environmental policy/studies major for students in the Pre-Professional Architecture Program (see Environmental Studies Major Requirements for Students in the Pre-Professional Architecture Program). Courses in "Landscape Design" can be taken for transfer credit at New York Botanical Garden School of Professional Horticulture.
Maggie Best

Fordham University,Class of 2009.
Masters in Urban Planning, University of Buffalo, Class of 2013.

Colin Cathcart

Principal, Kiss + Cathcart, Architects
Faculty, Environmental Studies


Conservation Biology

Recommended minor: Biological Sciences

Alan Clark

Associate Professor, Biological Sciences; Director, Graduate Certificate Program in Conservation Biology

Erin Keefe

Fordham University, Class of 2002.
M.Sc., Fordham University, 2006.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine., Kansas State University,  2011.
Veterinarian, McClelland Small Animal Hospital, 2011-

David Burney

Director of Conservation,
National Tropical Botanical Garden, Hawaii.

Former Fordham Professor of Biology and Associate Director of Environmental Studies.

Jason Aloisio

Fordham University, Class of 2014.
Urban Ecologist, Doctoral Student, Biological Sciences.
Director, Fordham Urban Sustainability & Ecosystems.

Environmental Organizations

Recommended minor: Communications and Media

Teresa Crimmens

Fordham University, Class of 2002.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2003.
Ecology Director, Bronx River Alliance, 2004-2009.
Director, Trail Operations, Tahoe Rim Trail Association, California, 2010-2011.
Director, Tahoe Resource Conservation District, Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program, 2012.
Parks, Recreation & public land management

Recommended minor: Communications and Media, Biological Sciences, or Political Science

Liam Strain

Fordham University, Class of 2003.
MPA in Environmental Science and Policy, Columbia University, 2007.
District Ranger, Manhattan Sites, National Park Service.
Assistant to the Commissioner, National Parksof New York Harbor, National Park Service.
Park Ranger,
Gateway National Recreation Area, Queens, NY.
National Park Service: Summer jobs, Jobs for Students.

Organic Agriculture & Food Security

Recommended minor: Anthropology or Biological Sciences

Patrick Farmer

Fordham University, Class of 2005.
Master of Divinity,Boston College.
Organic Farmer/Teacher, The Farm School, Massachusetts.

Natalie Colao

Fordham University, Class of 2009.
Hunter College, Master of Arts in Anthropology (Organic Farming and Sustainability), Class of 2013
Catskills Organic Farm, NY, Delancey Land Development.


environmental education (K-12)

Recommendations: second major in K-12 subject (history, literature); accelerated teacher certification program;
5-Year Integrated Bachelor's and Master's Teacher Education Track leading to Master of Science in Teaching and New York State teacher certification

Taygan Yilmaz

Fordham University, Class of 2004.
Master of Public Health, Dartmouth College, 2008.
Master of Education, Lesley University, Class of 2013.

Dave Griffin

Fordham University, Class of 1981.
Science Teacher, Collegiate Institute for Math and Science, Bronx, NY City School System.
Lab Analyst, EPA Contract Lab, 1985-1998.
Scientist, Malcolm Pirnie Environmental Engineers, 1988-1993.


Environmental journalism

Recommended minor: Communications and Media, English, or Computer and Information Science


Robin Andersen

Professor, Communications & Media
Faculty, Environmental Studies

Elizabeth Stone

Professor, English, Communications & Media
Faculty Advisor, LC Newspaper The Observer

Public Health & nutrition

Recommended minor: Biological Sciences, International Humanitarian Affairs, or Bioethics; Pre-Health Professions Program at Rose Hill or the Pre-Health Professions Program at Lincoln Center

Jeremy Aiss

Fordham University, Class of 2008.
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences, New York Medical College, 2011.

Taygan Yimaz

Fordham University, Class of 2004.
Master of Public Health, Dartmouth College, 2008.

Environmental Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

Recommended minor: Philosophy or Theology

John van Buren

Professor, Philosophy
Faculty, Environmental Studies
Environmental History & American Studies

Recommended minor: History or American Studies

Steven Stoll

Assoc. Professor, History
Faculty, Environmental Studies

Environmental Art & Literature

Recommended minor: Art History, Visual Arts, English, or Comparative Literature


Jo Anna Isaak

Professor, Art History
Faculty, Environmental Studies

Maria Farland

Assoc. Professor, English
Faculty, Environmental Studies


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