Environmental Science - BS
As climate change causes more extreme weather, ocean acidification and sea level rise, the world needs workers with a solid environmental science background.
Why environmental science?
Size up the data around issues like pollution, climate change and the depletion of resources. Conduct your own research to better understand complex problems and systems. Flex your science muscles. Learn in the forest, creeks and industries of our resource-rich area, then apply your knowledge to help to repair the earth.
What will I learn?
You’ll learn how biology, chemistry, geology and physics affect natural systems and forces, and how they apply to conservation, hydrology, geoscience, environmental restoration, science and compliance. You’ll learn how to gather and examine data and build strong multidisciplinary science skills and choose a specialty to study – physical or biological – or combine the two.
- Environmental scientist
- Environmental science technician
- Environmental compliance officer
- Conservation scientist
- Natural science manager
- Government agencies
- Sanitation companies
- Local, state or national parks
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Consulting firms
GEOL 1303Geomorphology & Envirnmental System
This course is intended to provide the students with an in depth understanding of how the current landscape came to be, what is its connection to the subsurface environment, and how are the two influencing the human-environment interactions. The course has a three (3) hour lab component during which you will be conducting a variety of laboratory exercises, which will allow you to review and understand important concepts and processes.
BIOL 1313Aquatic Biomonitoring
In this combined lecture and lab/field course, students will learn the skills needed to monitor water quality in streams of the Allegheny National Forest. Students will learn principles of stream ecology and water quality while applying their knowledge and skills in the field on an research study. A hands-on course, students will have an opportunity to experience a field-research course in the wilderness of the Allegheny National Forest, trekking off trail to sample streams, aquatic insect sampling and identification. Prerequisites: BIOL 0101 and 0102, completion of competency courses
CHEM 1308Environmental Chemistry
A comprehensive overview of the chemistry of the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and terrestrial environment that includes ozone depletion, global warming, pollution, energy sources for the future, and green chemistry. In the lab component water and soil samples will be analyzed using techniques such as titration, pH determination, spectrophotometry, and chromatography. Three hours of lecture and four hours of lab per week. Prerequisite CHEM 0102 and competencies.