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Environmental Biology

The Environmental Biology concentration offers a rigorous program of study in science related to the environment. This major is designed to provide students with a foundation in cellular biology, whole organism, evolutionary biology and environmental science, ecology as well as in chemistry and mathematics. The Environmental Biology concentration emphasizes an education in core scientific principles, critical reading and writing skills, and the ability to understand, apply and communicate scientific concepts and results.

Students pursuing the environmental biology degree develop an excellent background in the field of environmental biology. The students will learn useful techniques such as sampling methodology, global positioning, and global information systems (GPA/GIS). Environmental biology majors will explore applied aspects of the scientific theory.

Graduates will be able to pursue an environmental biologist career in a variety of public service and private industry environments.


The minor in Environmental Science provides students with a framework for understanding the role of environmental forces that shape human populations and society.

Real World Experiences

Along with classroom instruction and laboratory analysis, Keystone stresses fieldwork as a way to prepare students for the real world challenges that face those entering the workforce in the environmental biology. Keystone College Environmental Biology majors also gain experience in the field by completing internships for local business and industries.

Your Future in Environmental Biology

Graduates of the Environmental Biology program will be grounded in the fundamentals of natural science and prepared to enter graduate programs  in fields such as biology (ecology & evolution, genetics, etc.), environmental science, public health, medicine or public policy. Students will also be prepared for careers in fields such as public policy, conservation, science education, and public health.

Our Successful Environmental Biology Graduates

Keystone College graduates have secure positions with the following companies/agencies: Bureau of State Parks, Ducks Unlimited, Earhtbox, Inc., Garden Path, Inc., New Jersey State Parks, PA American Water Company, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), Pennsylvania Game Commission, Quantum Analytical & Environmental Laboratories, Sullivan County Conservation District, USDA Forest Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Validation Technologies, Inc., YSM Landscape Architects, pollution abatement companies, and consultation firms.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Environmental Biology B.S. Degree
First Year
First Semester

  • General Biology I
  • General Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First Year Seminar
  • Health and Wellness Elective
  • Critical and Analytical Reading or Critical and Analytical Reading exempt
Second Semester

  • Field Biology
  • General Biology II
  • General Chemistry II
  • College Writing II
  • Calculus (Math Elective)
Second Year
First Semester

  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Speech Communications
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Mathematics Throughout History or higher
  • Global Change
Second Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective (Area 1)
  • Field Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Organic Chemistry II
  • General Geology
Third Year
First Semester

  • Introduction to Ecology
  • GIS / GPS
  • Ethics Elective (Diversity)
  • General Physics I
Second Semester

  • Arts and Humanities Elective (Area 2) 2,000+ level
  • Field Biology
  • Environmental Internship Prep
  • Statistics or Statistics for the Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (Discipline 1)
  • Curricular Elective
Fourth Year
First Semester

  • Cell Biology
  • Genetics
  • Biology Seminar and Research (Writing Intensive)
  • Curricular Elective
Second Semester

  • Capstone Research Projects
  • Free Elective 3000+ or 4000+ level
  • Earth Systems History
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (Discipline 2) 2,000+ level (Service Learning)

Disclaimer: The courses listed above are a sampling for marketing purposes only. Students should consult the College catalog and their academic advisor for course selection and degree progress. Students will work closely with an academic advisor to select courses and/or academic minors that fit their interests, as well as with the Career Development Center for career goals. While the academic advisor assists the student in planning his/her curriculum, the student is ultimately responsible for meeting the requirements of the curriculum selected.

College Catalog

See the official college catalog for all course descriptions and degree requirements.

Hands on Experience

Study Abroad

You can explore your academic goals in an international setting and global environment. The experience of living in a new country will build your self-confidence, add valuable skills to your tool box, and will alter how you view yourself, the world, and your own country.

Internships and Field Experiences

Not all education happens in the classroom. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to learn through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with a real world experience in the field.

Undergraduate Research

The process of research and discovery while working with a faculty mentor enriches the learning process and creates positive attributes which will last a lifetime. Undergraduate research encompasses both traditional research and creative endeavors.

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