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The 37-credit program requires the completion of core courses (15 credits), electives (13 credits minimum), an internship, and two courses in ecology/science. Full-time students typically complete the program in three semesters.

Required Core Courses

Course Number

Course Title

Course Description

ENYC-GE 2019


Foundations of Environmental Thought


This course examines prominent worldviews that have guided human action toward the natural world. A variety of perspectives from biologists, economists, environmentalists, historians, naturalists, philosophers, political scientists, and theologians provide the material to analyze the interaction between human culture and nature with the goal to understand the impacts of human action on the natural world, and the ways natural forces affect civilization change. One aspect of our inquiry is to review the underlying value assumptions of the worldviews and institutions that mediate our actions toward the environment.

ENYC-GE 2005


Cities and Their Environments

The course focuses on recognizing and assessing the complex interrelationships between the city and its environment. The central problem is the alienation of urban residents from their surrounding environments. Different frameworks for integrative analysis of human-environment relationships are used–from human ecology to geography to resilience. The intent is to re-conceptualize the city in ways that make these phenomena explicit, and to communicate this to multiple publics. Students will also learn to conduct a quick sustainability assessment of a local neighborhood and develop a communication plan for it.

ENYC-GE 2021

Environmental Politics

This course examines environmental politics with an emphasis on the American political system. Students will receive a broad introduction to the key concepts, actors, stakeholders, issues, and concerns related to this subject. Course material focuses on the role of government organizations - at the federal, state, and local level - institutional processes, and nongovernmental entities involved in environmental politics and policymaking. Throughout the semester, we will address substantive environmental policy issues, such as water and air pollution, hazardous waste, biodiversity, and land use. At the conclusion of the semester, students should have an understanding of the historical, cultural, institutional, and ideological forces shaping environmental policy and regulations in the United States.

ENYC-GE 2022

Environmental Education: Theory and Practice

Introduction to environmental education with particular emphasis on theoretical and practical applications. Historical and philosophical perspectives will be explored in relation to current topics in environmental education and implications for school reform. We will examine national and local models of environmental education and analyze their relationship to contemporary issues of environmental literacy. Case studies will be drawn from a wide range of educational settings. Guest presenters, web-based resources, and field-study projects will help students develop a portrait of environmental education with particular emphasis on urban settings. Students will develop competencies in planning environmental education programs.

ENYC-GE 2023

Final Seminar in Environmental Conservation Education

Review and integration of leading conceptions encountered in the program through critical analysis of major conceptual writings on environmental issues. Formulation and completion of a thesis or research project.

ENYC-GE 2024

Internship in Environmental Conservation Education

Students spend one semester in a business, organization, school, or center that is involved in environmental education. Each placement and identification of responsibilities is negotiated in light of student interests and the activities of the cooperating institution. Students will attend a bi-weekly seminar to facilitate their internship work experience.

ECE/SciEd Program Electives


Course Number

Course Title

Course Description


Field Ecology

This course may be used to fulfill the ecology requirement. Field Studies in Ecology at the Black Rock Forest in Cornwall, New York, is a concentrated summer field course in ecology with a focus on field botany, forest biology, plant-environment interrelationships, and sampling techniques. Students become familiar with the flora and fauna of the Hudson Highlands as they study the major natural habitats within the forest. Field exercises include plant community sampling; paleoecological analysis of sediment cores; characterization of shrub communities using diagnostic keys; and surveys of birds, insects, amphibians, and aquatic invertebrates. Our class is scheduled during peak bird migration and flowering. Readings from Science, Nature, Ecology, and other relevant literature are carefully coordinated with our field studies.(There is an additional fee for room and board.)

ENYC-GE 2070

Urban Ecology

In Urban Ecology, students will explore ecological concepts and processes in the urban environment.  Through lecture and field work, students will learn about the dynamics of urban ecology and the impacts of land use and pollution on wildlife and local habitats. Topics will include population ecology, ecosystem services, and human impacts. Specifically, we will study exotic and invasive plants and birds in local wetlands and woodlands, the migration of neo-tropical songbirds, and population fluctuations of birds and plants as indicators of environmental change while examining the interface between natural and built environments in the urban landscape.

ENYC-GE 2010

Sustainable Places: Social and Ecological Field Studies 

Students will learn and practice the design and organization of the nature park experience. In so doing, they deepen their awareness of human-nature relationships and develop professional skills in environmental advocacy. The course involves class meetings on campus, followed by a required field visit and travel to the remote study site, and production of a final deliverable consisting of key elements of a nature park master plan. ECE students will evaluate and design environmental education elements, and students from other disciplines can develop a sustainability plan.



Using Non-Formal Resources to Teach Science and Sustainability

Students explore non-formal settings, learn about resources, consider their roles as teachers and learners, and link activities with inquiry, reflection, practice, and real-world experiences. The course is designed to expose formal and non-formal educators to field-based learning and linkages between formal and non-formal learning. Class sessions meet on selected Fridays in a variety of museums, parks, and non-profit organizations and on the NYU campus. (Time will vary depending on field site.) 

ENYC-GE 2018

Environmental Justice through Digital Empowerment

The course provides skills in analyzing environmental justice issues using digital tools. In this course, students learn risk assessment, online location of sources, applied GIS (Geographic Information System), & spatial analysis. The course involves instruction in basic GIS


Other Electives

Alternative electives are also possible after consultation with your adviser. 

Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

Department of Teaching and Learning:

  • Science Experiences in the Elementary School I SCIED-GE 2010
  • Science Experiences in the Elementary School II SCIED-GE 2009
  • Science Curriculum in Intermediate and Secondary Schools SCIED-GE 2092
  • Inquiries in Teaching and Learning III TCHL-GE 2010
  • Evaluating Educational Programs TCHL-GE 2132

Department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities:

  • International Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Obligations INTE-GE 2819
  • United Nations at Work INTE-GE 2878

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies:

  • Food Policy NUFS-GE 2015 
  • Water, Waste, and the Urban Environment NUFS-GE 2036


Graduate School of Arts and Science

Environmental Health Sciences:

  • Environmental Health EHSC-GA 1004 
  • Weather, Air Pollution, and Health EHSC-GA 1010
  • Ecotoxicology: Hudson River Case Study EHSC-GA 1005


  • Environmental History HIST-GA 1050

Museum Studies:

  • Museum Management MSMS-GA 1502
  • Museum Conservation and Contemporary Culture MSMS-GA 2222
  • Museum Education MSMS-GA 2224


Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service

Public Administration:

  • Foundations of Nonprofit Management PADM-GP 2125 
  • International Organizations and NGO's PADM-GP 2216
  • Ecoleadership: the Public Role of the Private Sector in Building Sustainable Societies PADM-GP 2234
  • Current Issues in Environmental Policy PADM-GP 2466
  • Transportation Policy URPL-GP 2470
  • Urban Planning, Development, and Decision-Making URPL-GP 1603
  • Land Use Law: The Planning Perspective URPL-GP 1605

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Fundraising and Grantmaking:

  • Program Evaluation: Concepts and Methods FDGR1-GC 2110

Global Studies:

  • Economics and Finance of Energy GLOB1-GC 2420
  • Energy, Environment, and Resource Security GLOB1-GC 2405
  • Sustainable Development GLOB1-GC 2440