Making a difference in the environment requires more than just scientific knowledge. Environmental problems involve law, ethics, public policy, communication and more — all of which you study through our comprehensive liberal arts curriculum.

Understand the science behind climate change, learn about environmental laws and regulations, and study renewable energy resources.

Expand your horizons and choose from additional courses in other areas, such as:

  • A biology class in sustainable food systems
  • A psychology class on environmental attitudes toward nature
  • A business class in sustainable management or entrepreneurship
  • A public relations course in crisis management
  • A sociology class on social justice

The Susquehanna River Valley and its abundant waterways, wetlands, forests and farmland offer a diverse and research-rich environment. An 87-acre environmental field station and Freshwater Research Institute are also right on campus.

Interested in sustainable living? You have plenty of opportunities to make a difference—work at our campus garden, live in our Sustainability House, or join a group like Geoclub or our Beekeeping Club. You can also explore the valley’s green spaces with equipment on loan from our Outdoor Recreation Center.

We’re connected to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—organizations that work on environmental issues. These relationships result in meaningful research and internship opportunities, and jobs for our graduates.

The most sought-after candidates for jobs and professional schools excel at writing, teamwork, presentation delivery, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership. Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll develop all of these essential skills.

You’ll be ready for a career in environmental law, environmental policy, or environmental advocacy at a nonprofit.

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Kathy Straub, department head