Environmental Studies - BA

  • “Pitt-Bradford is sitting in a perfect spot for collaboration with state parks and national forests. You’re right there for the study sites.”

    Jonathan Heck, of Pittsburgh, PA, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies

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    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.


    What can you do with a degree in Environmental Studies. Suggested 4-year plan of study.


    Course Requirements in Major

    Three Lab sections: 
    Students must complete three lab sections in biology and/or chemistry approved by their advisor. 

    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

    Additional Information:

    Note: Many of the courses in the core, as well as the electives, can be used to satisfy your general education requirements. You should consult with your primary advisor as soon as possible to set up a program of study. 

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    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Department of Agriculture in Erie, PA
    • Regulatory affairs at Gernatt Asphalt Products in Collins, NY
    • Biological sciences technician for the U.S. Forest Service
    • Corrosion technician at Spectra Energy in Harrisburg, PA
    • Quality assistant at Allegheny Bradford Corp.
    • Law enforcement ranger at the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    • Field technician at Wellington Energy, Warrendale, PA
    • Nuclear engineer trainee for the U.S. Navy
    • Field researcher at Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Cerulean Warbler Project 
    • GIS specialist with the Department of Agriculture
    • Laboratory and field technician for Penn State DuBois
    Graduate School:
    • Johns Hopkins University's Boomberg School of Public Health
    • Appalachian State University
    • Rochester Institute of Technology