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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies

Why Major in Environmental Studies?

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.

Careers in Environmental Studies

Our alumni have pursued career paths including:

  • Archaeologist
  • Environmental engineer
  • GIS specialist
  • Lab quality assurance and environmental technician
  • Project manager
  • Resource, conservation, and biology specialist,
  • Zookeeper

Learn more about alumni careers and opportunities