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Environmental Science, B.S.

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Environmental Science Degree

Learn about environmental protection and the sustainability of natural resources.

Why Study Environmental Science?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Evaluate and guide environmental actions using sound science.
  • Learn to apply scientific concepts and develop valuable field and laboratory skills.
  • Participate in fieldwork as a way to prepare for the real world challenges that face those entering the workforce in environmental science.
  • Gain experience in the field by completing internships for local businesses and industries.
  • Pursue careers in a variety of public service and private industry environments.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 92% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


Dr. Joseph Iacovazzi
Program Director of Wildlife Biology

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.
Associate Professor Vicki Stanavitch, Ph.D. and Associate Professor Robert Cook, Ph.D. appeared on WVIA’s Keystone Edition Health, “Under the Weather? Climate Change and Your Health” earlier this week. View the segment below or click here to watch the segment .


Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


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increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for environmental careers

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What can I do with an Environmental Science degree?

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in many areas of environmental management for various industries, environmental consulting companies, and regulatory agencies.

Field experiences

Career Options

  • Geologist
  • Environmental Scientist/Engineer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Project Engineer
  • Research Scientist


  • PA American Water Company
  • Ducks Unlimited
  • Earthbox, Inc.
  • Quantum Analytical & Environmental Laboratories
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From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

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Participate in a foundational experience focused in the environmental sciences through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Thomas Darling Preserve, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR), and the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

Environmental Biology degree student Kathryn Price
Environmental Biology


Students in the Eco Club, Creekwalkers, and Student Wildlife Society Chapter participate in individual projects and observe group demonstrations, and attend conference and other excursions.

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Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany

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