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Environmental Education and Interpretation, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration

Overview

Interpretation is a communications process that reveals meanings and relationships about natural, cultural, historical, and recreational resources. Interpretation and environmental education work hand-in-hand to help make connections between the world of science and the public. Through the art of interpretation, students will learn how to help people make connections with the natural world and science through educational programs and materials.

One of the strengths of the Environmental Education & Interpretation program at ESF is its strong natural history component. Natural history is the description of nature and differs from ecology in placing less emphasis on quantification and more on careful observation. The overarching goal is to elucidate patterns and relationships in the natural world and assimilate this information into human affairs. It uses traditional and modern tools, often with an aesthetic component to differentiate the natural world, and focuses on identification, life history, distribution, abundance and interrelationships among and between individuals, populations and species. The field has a long and distinguished history including figures such as Darwin, Wallace, and E. O. Wilson who are recognized for their seminal contributions to biology and ecology. Following a meteoric rise in popularity during the 19th century, field of natural history declined as new experimental and quantitative approaches began to dominate biology. In recent years, however, both the recognition of the role of biology in a holistic view of the planet, and the increasing emphasis on the value of education as the key to a sustainable future have brought about a resurgence of interest in natural history and, crucially, its interpretation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Personal Environmental Interpretation Methods
    • Non-Personal Environmental Interpretative Methods
    • Natural History Museums and Modern Science
    • Interpretation of Field Biology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    79

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  • Minimum required score:

    550

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General Requirements

  • High School students may apply to ESF using either The Common Application OR the SUNY Application, both available online.
  • A $50 non-refundable application fee or completed fee waiver form must be submitted, as directed by the application process you have chosen to use, before your application will be reviewed by the SUNY-ESF Admissions Committee
  • Have your school counselor send your official high school transcript, including your first quarter grades for your senior year, directly to the SUNY-ESF Admissions Office or on-line through the application process you have chosen to use.
  • Submission of scores for either the SAT I or ACT (or both) is required for high school applicants.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16650 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16650 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6870 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6870 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

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