Our environmental studies program is very hands on. Nearly all of our students participate in field research and internships. As a student, you will have the opportunity to examine many local and regional issues, including water quality, forestry, conservation, game management, local agriculture, energy exploration, and alternative and emerging energies. You'll do that on a campus that is surrounded by opportunity: the Allegheny River, the Allegheny National Forest, Allegany State Park and even the Tunungwant Creek (affectionately called The Tuna), which runs along the southern end of campus.
Our program is also an interdisciplinary program, and you will study global environmental concerns as well: natural resource management, soil erosion, deforestation, ocean health, global warming and food scarcity. Then, when you graduate, you'll be prepared for many types of jobs related to the environment. You can study it. Clean it. Manage it. Write stories about it. Even create laws to protect it. Or, you can take what you've learned and go to graduate school.
Our environmental studies students are currently working with the U.S. Forest Service to conduct an environmental assessment for a proposed mountain bike trail, and several have worked to develop a brochure that identifies and describes trees along the Richard E. McDowell Community Trail, which is adjacent to the university. Read more. There is a very active student-run organization involved in many grassroots and community conservation efforts.
What can you do with a degree in Environmental Studies. Suggested 4-year plan of study.
Course Requirements in Major
Two labs, choose from the following:
One course in statistics, choose on of the following:
Environmental Studies Elective Requirements:
In addition to the core requirements, you need to take five additional classes, two of which must be upper-level, from an approved list of environmental studies electives. You should consult with your advisor to find out which classes would best serve your professional interests and career goals.
Total Minimum Credits for Major: 57