Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Why Major in Environmental Studies at Penn State Altoona?

Do you have a passion for the natural world? Are you concerned about issues related to air and water quality, ecosystem health or sustainability? Are you interested in one of the growing number of environmental careers in policy, planning, non-profit and non-government organizations, law, business, or education?

As an Environmental Studies major at Penn State Altoona, you will explore the complex interactions between humans and nature through a broad interdisciplinary curriculum in the natural sciences, humanities, and social sciences. You will gain new perspectives, develop the knowledge and skills to address contemporary environmental problems, and apply all of these through hands-on experiences including field work, field trips, and internships.

Your Experiences

We are committed to providing a student-centered experience in a small campus setting. Students benefit from working closely with faculty and peers on undergraduate research, community service, and out-of-classroom activities. Our students have described our program as a “tight-knit community of professors and students” where students “learn by doing.”

Our alumni continue the tradition of service and give back to our program through alumni mentoring. Students have the opportunity to discuss career goals and job opportunities with alumni working in a student’s field of interest.

We offer flexibility in course selection and degree options so you can choose the option that best suits your interests and goals. You can pursue a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of science, or a minor in environmental studies.

Your Future

Our alumni study at:

  • Columbia University
  • Oregon State University
  • University of Colorado, Boulder
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Pittsburgh

Our alumni are employed in:

  • Business/Corporate
  • Consulting and Engineering
  • Environmental labs
  • Government agencies
  • Non-profit, non-government agencies
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Sustainability

Our alumni have pursued career paths including:

  • Archaeologist
  • Environmental engineers
  • GIS specialists
  • Lab, quality assurance and environmental technicians
  • Project managers
  • Resource, conservation and biology specialists
  • Zookeeper