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Environmental Studies, A.A.

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Environmental Studies Degree

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

Why Environmental Studies?

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

  • Evaluate and guide environmental science actions using sound data.
  • Continue at Keystone College and earn a bachelor of science degree in environmental science.
  • 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.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


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 Studies degree?

Graduates of the environmental studies degree will be prepared to enter other programs and dedicated careers in diverse fields such as pollution abatement, environmental consulting, and environmental protection.

Keystone College faculty and students use nets in creek


  • Bureau of State Parks
  • PA American Water Company
  • Earthbox, Inc.
  • Quantum Analytical & Environmental Laboratories
  • YSM Landscape Architects

Career Options

  • Naturalist
  • Environmental Educator
  • Environmental Technologist
  • Environmental Technician
  • Environmental Education and Outreach Specialist
Small School Big Science

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.


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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Environmental Biology

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
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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