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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. Jessica Faux
Program Director for Environmental Science


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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; Program Director of Wildlife Biology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Science, and Environmental Studies
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora, MS

John B. Minora, MS

John B. Minora, MS Instructor of Chemistry Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics | Turock School ...
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botony
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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