Environmental Science

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.

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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.

Job titles

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental science technician
  • Environmental compliance officer
  • Conservation scientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Natural science manager
  • Geoscientist


  • Government agencies
  • Sanitation companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Nonprofits
  • Local, state or national parks
  • U.S. Geological Survey
  • Consulting firms
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News in Program

Ecologist to give talk about bees May 14

Turley tracks bee biodiversity in Pennsylvania

Faculty illustrate, present papers and publish

Composition professor receives award for scholarship

Campus to develop Quintuple Ridge for recreation

Future uses include hiking, biking and research

Learning in the dark

Pre-vet student spends summer capturing bats

Faculty study ornamental lilac to determine if invasive

Students help map spread of popular tree along campus creek