Urban Environmental Studies:

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Urban areas encompass half of the population in the United States and are among the fastest growing areas in the world. As the density increases in urban environments, so do the interactions that organisms and people experience in the surrounding system. To that extent, the urban environment creates cultural, social and environmental situations that are unique. In this interdisciplinary residency, students will learn about common themes across sustainability and conservation, as they pertain to the urban environment and explore issues that are important to urban areas and the people who live in them.

During the January term, students choose from nine environmentally related studies that use a blended model that combines an online or independent study component with one onsite meeting at the Metropolitan Center. Students will experience guest speakers, workshops, field trips around New York City and face-to-face study group meetings with students and faculty from across the state.

Fast Facts

What is it?

  • An interdisciplinary study with one weekend residency.
  • An alternative, unique way to meet some of the general education requirements.


Empire State College
Metropolitan Center
325 Hudson St.
New York, NY


Jan. 13 to May 2, 2014

Onsite meeting: Feb. 28 to March 2, 2014

Who to Contact

Lori McCaffrey
Residency Coordinator
800-847-3000, ext. 5944

Take the Next Step

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