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they really have a good environmental program
im interested in environmental science too!
colby college in maine, and also dartmouth have great programs
but my favorite is colorado college. its a really awesome major there because your on the block plan, where you take one class at a time for 3 and ahalf weeks and then have a few days of vacation 8 times a year, so with that, especially in enviro, theres a lot of field learning and hands on experience rihgt in the rocky mountains
its a great school too, top 30 for liberal arts college, pretty small, in colorado, dope school ahhhhh im in love
plus they have a lot of good research opportunities
ew, don't go to union. i'm an ES major at skidmore and we've got a real solid program that's on the rise. but if you're looking for the absolute top tier, you want cornell, middlebury, dartmouth, colby, bowdoin, or conn college. uc davis and ucsb are also great if you want to look west.
its also important to consider what you're interested within the ES field because its so broad. ecology? engineering? energy? once you narrow that down you could make a better decision about what school is best for you.
i went to suny esf so if ya got questions about it ask me.
hahaha, her? solid assumption.
i looked at union as well as skidmore (and all the other schools i listed) and i was least impressed with what unions es program had to offer. so while i do hate union because of our rivalry, it really wasn't an ignorant comment at all. i did my research before picking my school so let me say my piece. the fact that you like union is great for you, but it doesn't make my opinion worthless.
what i think makes skidmore a better school than union is location and staff. i was really underwhelmed with the few es faculty members i met at union, whereas every professor that i've had in the department at skidmore has been out of this world. as for location, because skidmore is half an hour north, we have better access to the adks and have more lakes, streams, etc. directly available. yes, you can drive to any of these places from either school, but from the impression that i got on my visit, it seemed like union doesn't really take advantage of these resources as much. also, lets be honest. saratoga springs beats the shit out of schenectady any day.
and to the thread creator, it seems like undergrad research options are important to you, so let me stress that skidmore makes it SO easy to do. i'm a senior right now and in the last four years i've participated in four separate independent research projects through skidmore, one of which i got paid to do and at least one of which will be published within the year. skidmore sponsors summer collaborative research for students (the ES department has the largest budget of any department for these projects) and is really supportive of independent studies. seniors are also required to do a capstone research project with a professor and are also invited to do an honors thesis as well. we also have some sick study abroad programs that we're affiliated with and offer ES travel seminars to costa rica, the american southwest, new zealand (although this might be phased out) and hopefully within the next couple years, research programs to madagascar and iceland will be approved.
anyway, sorry for writing a fucking novel, but i have to defend my home in the face of such hate. it sounds like you've pretty much made your decision in ruling skidmore out, but if you want more info or want to visit the campus i'd be happy to show you around and introduce you to faculty and other es majors. hope that helps.
they're pretty similar programs, actually. i couldnt give you the specifics of unions, but at skidmore you pick either the science or social/cultural track. if you choose to go the science route you can then you can then pick a concentration in either biology, chemistry or geology. because its an interdepartmental major, you have have to take a wide variety of classes, and how many you have to take depends on what track/concentration you pick. a really defining aspect of skidmore's program is the capstone that everyone has to do where in your senior year, you take on a year long research project with a faculty advisor. saratoga springs has a drinking water shortage problem so right now all of the projects deal with science and policy of the local watershed. what makes it cool is that best projects are used by the local government to help determine their policy. being a part of something that actually matters in that sense is pretty cool. if you want more info on the specifics of the program, feel free to hit me up. good luck with the search man.