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Environmental Studies

Do you love the natural world and have a passion for environmental issues?

The Environmental Studies Associate in Arts curriculum studies the relationships of people and society within the natural world around them. After successfully completing required coursework, students are guaranteed acceptance at State University of New York – Syracuse.

As new issues of environmental concern continue to arise, there is an ongoing need for qualified professionals in this interesting and challenging field.

The skills acquired through the environmental education program at Keystone College help graduates pursue meaningful and dedicated careers. Graduates of this program have entered such diverse fields as: pollution abatement, environmental consulting, and environmental protection.

Internships and Experiential Learning

Not all education happens in the classroom. Certain lessons can only be learned through direct hands-on experiences outside of the classroom with real world experiences in the field. Internships and other field experiences give students the opportunity to connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students and other professionals. Students will acquire leadership and management skills, professional growth and personal fulfillment that can’t be gained in the classroom.

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.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Environmental Studies A.A. Degree
First Year 
First Semester

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

  • Field Biology
  • General Biology II
  • College Writing II
  • Physical Geology
  • American National Government or State and Local Government
  • Technology Elective
Second Year
First Semester

  • Horticulture
  • Introductory Ecology
  • General Chemistry I
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Principles of Economics I or Principles of Economics II
Second Semester

  • Field Biology
  • General Chemistry II or General Physics I
  • Speech Communications
  • Experiential Learning
  • Calculus I
  • U.S. History I or U.S. History II

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.

Our Successful Graduates

Students who successfully complete all requirements in the two year program of Environmental Studies will have guaranteed acceptance at State University of New York-Syracuse to obtain a bachelor’s degree. Graduates have also enrolled in other degree programs at the University of Maine.

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.

You belong at Keystone.

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