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Environmental Biology

The environmental biology degree offers a rigorous program of study in science as it relates 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.


Environmental biology students are educated in core scientific principles, critical reading and writing skills, and the ability to understand, apply and communicate scientific concepts and results. Environmental biology majors will explore applied aspects of the scientific theory and will learn useful techniques such as sampling methodology, global positioning, and global information systems (GPS/GIS).

Students earning a degree in the field of environmental biology will be able to pursue a 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

Semester 1     

  • Scientific Literacy: Gen Biology I
  • Gen Chemistry I
  • College Writing I
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Quantitative: Statistics
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2 

  • Gen Biology II
  • Gen Chemistry II
  • Speech Communications
  • College Writing II
  • Field Biology
  • Social & Cultural Elective (American National Government or State and Local Government)

Semester 3 

  • Botany
  • Envir Policy and Management
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Gen Ed Elective (Global Change)
  • Moral Elective (Environmental Ethics)

Semester 4     

  • Organic Chemistry II
  • Gen Ed Elective: Calculus
  • Earth Systems History
  • Environmental Science
  • Field Biology
  • Social & Cultural Elective

Semester 5         

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ecology
  • Wildlife & Fisheries
  • Physical Geology
  • Field Biology

Semester 6   

  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Envir Internship Prep
  • Tech Elective: (PC Office Applications)
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Internship or Curricular 3000+
  • Internship or Curricular 3000+

Semester 7       

  • Limnology
  • Gen Physics I
  • Wetland & Riparian Ecology
  • Biology Seminar & Research

Semester 8     

  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Capstone Research Projects
  • Evolution
  • Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Law

Updated: 10/2017

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 Career Services 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.


Program Highlights 2019

Keystone College’s 170-acre Woodland Campus features a stream, seven miles of hiking trails, and meadows and is home to a nature preserve and maple sugaring operation. The outdoor classrooms and field stations provide unparalleled opportunities for outdoor discovery and a wonderful learning atmosphere for our environmental education courses and workshops.

Learn more about our community resource and the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute where you can discover and explore nature in this video by FOX56.

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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