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Environmental Science

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Environmental Science explores the intersection between humans and the natural world. This complex field touches upon aspects of the biological and physical sciences, governmental policies, economics, and social issues. Success at addressing environmental issues therefore requires an interdisciplinary approach. Our Environmental Science major educates you in the physical and social sciences, helping you to be reflectively aware of the natural environment in which you live, globally responsible of the Earth and its resources, and prepared to successfully address all types of environmental issues.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn from faculty who live what they teach and are vested in meeting your needs as a Ƶapp.
  • Gain hands-on experience through original research and internship opportunities.
  • Work closely with Ƶapp’s Departments of Biology and Geology to create an educational plan that fits your interests.
  • Develop a background in the physical sciences while also learning about crucial social science aspect of environmental issues.
  • Enjoy a close-knit department with small class sizes and access to modern equipment, labs, and classrooms.
  • Go beyond the classroom to learn by getting out into the field and traveling outside of Erie.
  • Conduct original research and present your results at local, regional, and national conferences.
  • Learn by doing when conducting real field tests and surveys.

Career Outcomes

With a degree in Environmental Science from Ƶapp, you get a well-rounded education encompassing the scientific and social aspects of environmental problems, and a deep understanding of the interaction between humans and the natural world. Jobs for environmental scientists range from working for federal and state governmental agencies, to work related to environmental remediation, to academia.

Minors

    Minor Requirements

    • BIO 146: ECOL&EVOL BIO OF ORGANISMS (3 credits)
    • BIO 147: ECOL&EVOL BIO OF ORG LAB (1 credit)
    • ENVS 105: INTRODUCTION TO ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES (3 credits)
    • GEOL 100: DYNAMIC EARTH (3 credits)
    • GEOL 102: DYNAMIC EARTH LAB (1 credit)

    Additional Requirements

    • Three additional environmental theme courses that are 200 level or higher approved by the minor advisor.
    • Two of the additional 200 level courses must be science courses (e.g., BIO, GEO, PUBH, or SCI).

    Minor Requirements

    • SUST 101: Foundations of Sustainability
    • SCI 100: Environmental Problem Solving
    • SUST 210: Responding to Climate Change
    • Two qualifying electives
    • SUST 490: Senior Field Experience
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  • Make a Difference

    Environmental scientists promote human health and protect animals, plants, and the environment from harmful pollutants.

    Environmental Science Ƶapps observing tree sample on class trip
  • Experience

    Major courses are designed to get you hands-on experiences in the field and in the lab, preparing you for a dynamic future career.

    Students in the field
  • Career Outcomes

    Environmental scientists work for governmental agencies, in academia, in environmental remediation, and many other roles.

    Students exploring a creek