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What is Environmental Studies?

The Environmental Studies major emphasizes environmental policy, a good grounding in environmental science and appropriate methodological skills. The major is interdisciplinary in nature, with courses offered by faculty members from disciplines that include anthropology, biology, chemistry, civil engineering technology, economics, English literature, geography, geology, physics, political science and sociology.


What can I do with an Environmental Studies Degree?

Environmental Studies graduates find work in federal, state and county environmental agencies, non-profit environmental organizations, law practices and engineering firms, and some pursue graduate or professional degrees.

 Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Environmental Studies Program is to provide a multidisciplinary examination of environmental policy issues that is well grounded in the social and environmental sciences, appropriate methodological preparation, and field experience.


What kinds of courses will I take?

The courses listed below are only a small glimpse into the Environmental Studies courses available on our campus. To view the full list of Environmental Studies course descriptions, click here.


Survey of environmental concepts and principles. Students evaluate contemporary environmental issues as they relate to quality of life. Environmental topics are used to develop analytical skills. The natural and social (environmental) consequences of population growth, food supply demands, pollution, and resource exploitation are discussed.


The student undertakes a critical examination of the problems and issues associated with a particular dimension of environmental policy or environmental management, culminating in a final paper.


In addition to these specific courses, students will also take a wide swath of courses from Natural and Social Sciences.


Environmental Studies Links

These links have been provided for those who want more information on both the Pitt-Johnstown Environmental Studies Program, and the world of Environmental Studies as a whole.

Environmental Studies Department Homepage

Degree Requirements (.pdf)

Sample Environmental Studies Schedules

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Last Reviewed: January 10, 2012