Environmental Studies - BA

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  • “Pitt-Bradford is sitting in a perfect spot for collaboration with state parks and national forests. You’re right there for the study sites.”

    Jonathan Heck, of Pittsburgh, PA, a 2017 graduate with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies

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    Program Contact:  Dr. Stephen Robar

    Visit our Environmental Studies Program Website 

    Our environmental studies program is very hands on. Nearly all of our students participate in field research and internships. As a student, you will have the opportunity to examine many local and regional issues, including water quality, forestry, conservation, game management, local agriculture, energy exploration, and alternative and emerging energies. You'll do that on a campus that is surrounded by opportunity: the Allegheny River, the Allegheny National Forest, Allegany State Park and even the Tunungwant Creek (affectionately called The Tuna), which runs along the southern end of campus.

    Our program is also an interdisciplinary program, and you will study global environmental concerns as well: natural resource management, soil erosion, deforestation, ocean health, global warming and food scarcity. Then, when you graduate, you'll be prepared for many types of jobs related to the environment. You can study it. Clean it. Manage it. Write stories about it. Even create laws to protect it. Or, you can take what you've learned and go to graduate school.


    What can you do with a degree in Environmental Studies. Suggested 4-year plan of study.

    Degree Requirements

    Core Requirements

    Three Lab sections:

    Students must complete three lab sections in biology and/or chemistry approved by their advisor.

    One course in statistics

    one course in statistics, choose one of the following


    Many of the courses in the core, as well as the electives, can be utilized to satisfy your general education requirements. You should consult with your primary advisor as soon as possible to set up a program of study.

    Environmental Studies Elective Requirements

    In addition to the core requirements, five additional classes, two of which must be upper-level, must be taken from an approved list of environmental studies electives. You should consult with your advisor as to which classes would best serve your professional interests and career goals.

    Total Elective Credits: 15-20

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse

    Additional Information:

    Note: Many of the courses in the core, as well as the electives, can be used to satisfy your general education requirements. You should consult with your primary advisor as soon as possible to set up a program of study. 

    Visit our Environmental Studies Program Website 

    Mulcahy Mary

    Dr. Mary Mulcahy


    Director and Associate Professor of Biology Program


    203J Fisher Hall

    Page Gregory

    Dr. Gregory Page


    Director of Psychology Program, and Associate Professor of Psychology


    235B Swarts Hall

    Robar Stephen

    Dr. Stephen Robar


    Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Political Science


    232 Swarts Hall

    Ulin Donald

    Dr. Donald Ulin


    Director of English Program, Associate Professor of English


    Swarts 102C

    Gajanan Shailendra

    Dr. Shailendra Gajanan


    Professor of Economics and Chair of the Division of Management and Education


    117B Swarts Hall

    Soriano Dave

    Dr. David Soriano


    Associate Professor of Chemistry


    203H Fisher Hall

    Kropf Matt

    Dr. Matt Kropf


    Associate Professor


    Jordan, Helma deVries-

    Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan


    Director of History and Political Science Program, Associate Professor of Political Science


    217B Swarts Hall

    Piechnik, Denise

    Dr. Denise Piechnik


    Associate Professor of Biology


    211B Swarts Hall

    Schummer, David

    Dr. David Schummer


    Visiting Assistant Professor of Philosophy


    203B Swarts Hall

    Odorisio, Melissa

     Melissa Odorisio


    Laboratory Administrator


    203A Fisher Hall

    Frantescu, Ovidiu

    Dr. Ovidiu Frantescu


    Director and Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology Program


    103E Fisher Hall

    Franţescu, Adina

    Dr. Adina Frantescu


    Visiting Assistant Professor of Petroleum Technology


    103E Fisher Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Department of Agriculture, Erie, PA
    • Regulatory affairs, Gernatt Asphalt Products in Collins, NY
    • Biological sciences technician, U.S. Forest Service
    • Environmental scientist, Dieffenbauch & Hritz, Morgantown, WV
    • Operations assistant, Halliburton, Zanesville, OH
    • Field technician/staff scientist, LetterLe & Associates, Inc., Allison Park, PA
    • Corrosion technician, Spectra Energy in Harrisburg, PA
    • Quality assistant, Allegheny Bradford Corp.
    • Law enforcement ranger, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
    • Field technician, Wellington Energy, Warrendale, PA
    • Nuclear engineer trainee, U.S. Navy
    • Field researcher, Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Cerulean Warbler Project 
    • GIS specialist, Department of Agriculture
    • Laboratory and field technician, Penn State DuBois
    Graduate School:
    • Johns Hopkins University's Boomberg School of Public Health
    • Appalachian State University
    • Rochester Institute of Technology
    • Vermont Law School