A Six-Credit Program in Environmental Science and Policy

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Bond with like-minded students on the Hudson River, experience the excitement of learning in the real world, and earn six Clarkson University credits in:
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Policy
RiverU is for any college or highly motivated high school student with an interest in the environment. Define and direct your academic and future career path by connecting with professionals in the workplace through course-related field trips, while gaining valuable science, engineering and policy credits over the summer.
  • Taught by internationally recognized Hudson River environmentalist John Cronin and Clarkson University faculty Tom Langen, Ph.D. and Shane Rogers, Ph.D.
  • Student-centered, experiential, directed and hands-on learning in the classroom, lab, workplace & field at Beacon Institute’s Center for Environmental Innovation & Education located on historic Denning’s Point on the Hudson River in Beacon, NY
  • Three days of experiential learning on the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • Enrollment limited to 25 students

RiverU Is

  • Ecology, environmental engineering and water policy in real-world context;
  • Discovering connections to environmental issues through extensive field work;
  • Understanding accelerated with hands-on learning;
  • Career day with experts and professionals in related fields.
  • Classroom Theory Put to Work on the Hudson River

  • Study on the Hudson River, one of the most historically & environmentally important rivers in the U.S.,
  • Explore how rivers function, see & touch living organisms that inhabit the river,
  • Relate water quality to human impact by analyzing samples from a variety of natural & built environments,
  • Connect relationships: water management & energy, agriculture & food production, land-use & ecology.