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Environmental Resource Management

Are you interested in environmental protection and the sustainability of natural resources?

Environmental resource management is a specialized environmental science that combines academic training with meaningful environmental experience. As a result, students gain meaningful insight into the economic, cultural, and political realities facing today’s environmental science professionals. Keystone graduates acquire the skills and training necessary to enter a wide variety of environmental science professions.

Petroleum and Alternative Energy Sources

Petroleum and Alternative Energy Sources is a specialized track within the environmental resource management program that prepares students for careers in the rapidly emerging gas and oil extraction and alternative energy industries. Courses in petroleum, geology, resource economics, project management, and energy policy and law provide students with the necessary skills for attaining employment in this exciting field.

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 geosciences. Keystone College Environmental Resource Management majors also gain experience in the field by completing internships for local business and industries.

Careers in Environmental Resource Management

  • Research Scientist
  • Environmental Scientist/Engineer
  • Air Quality Engineer
  • Wildlife Specialist
  • Education Professional
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Exotic Plants Biologist
  • Mud Logger Engineer
  • Environmental Project Engineer

Wide Ranging Salaries (High Salary Median)

A Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Resource Management can lead to exciting career opportunities with salaries ranging from $40,000 to $140,000 or more. The average salary for a geoscientist is $88,500.

Hydrogeology Laboratory

The Hydrogeology Laboratory is a well-field that consists of nine ground water monitoring wells and is used for teaching applied hydrogeology, the field of geology that deals with movement and distribution of underground water in the rocks and soil of the earth’s surface. Keystone has the instrumentation for monitoring water levels and water quality in wells and also has licensed state-of-the-art ground water modeling software.

Gigapan Technology

Geology students will learn to use Gigapans to study rock outcrops in extreme detail. Gigapans are large, high-resolution digital images created by digitally stitching hundreds of small photographs together to form a complete image. The process involves using a robotic camera platform which measures, aligns, and moves a camera in precisely defined steps, while panning and zooming on all areas of the subject.

Ground Penetrating Radar

Ground Penetrating Radar Mapping is non-intrusive, sub-surface imaging that looks underground to develop a picture profile of what lays below the surface.

Curriculum Guide

Curriculum Guide for the Environmental Resource Management B.S. Degree

Semester 1 

  • Science Literacy: Gen Biology I
  • First Year Seminar
  • College Writing I
  • GenEd Elective: Global Change
  • Arts & Humanities Elective
  • Critical Reading 0/2

Semester 2 

  • Free elective: (Field Biology)
  • College Writing II
  • Free Elective: Gen Biology II
  • Quantities: Calculus I
  • Tech Elective

Semester 3 

  • Physical Geology
  • Free Elective: Gen. Chemistry I
  • GenEd Elective
  • Introductory Ecology

Semester 4 

  • Free Elective: Statistics
  • Free Elective: General Chem II
  • Speech Communications
  • Social & Cultural Elective
  • Arts & Humanities Elective

Semester 5 

  • Environmental Chem
  • Structural Geology
  • Soil Science
  • General Physics I

Semester 6 

  • Hydrology
  • Environmental Internship Prep
  • Free Elective: (Field Biology)
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+
  • Summer Internship/Curricular Elective
  • Free Elective

Semester 7

  • Environmental Policy and Mgmt.
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+
  • Summer Internship/Free 3000+ Elective:
  • Moral Reasoning: Enviro Ethics

Semester 8

  • Seminar in Research II
  • Social & Cultural Elective
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+
  • Free Elective/Minor 3000+ (Curri. Lab)

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.

Our Successful Graduates

Keystone College Environmental Resource Management graduates have secured positions with the following companies/agencies: Bureau of State Parks, Ducks Unlimited, Earthbox, 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.

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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.