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If you have an interest in the natural sciences and a passion for environmental concerns, Thiel College’s Environmental Science program is for you! While pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Thiel, students have the chance to study with professors who are practicing professionals in various environmental areas. They also have the opportunity to learn from hands-on laboratory experiments, gain internship experience and develop in-depth understandings of environmental science topics!

Thiel also offers an environmental management cooperative program with the School of Forestry and Environmental Sciences at Duke University, which leads to a master’s degree in environmental management. In this program, a student’s first three years are completed at Thiel followed by two years at Duke. A bachelor’s of science degree from Thiel is awarded after successful completion of the first year at Duke.

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Variety of Class Options

On their way to earning a B.S. in environmental science from Thiel, students have the opportunity to take classes in other departments too, including political science, chemistry, philosophy, biology and geology. Environmental science courses include meteorology and air quality assessment, urban and regional land use planning, and Introduction to environmental law.

After taking these classes, students are able to apply interdisciplinary skills and approaches to environmental problems, demonstrate a working knowledge of techniques used to collect and analyze environmental data and communicate effectively on environmental topics.

Thiel College Environmental Club

Thiel’s Environmental Club is a perfect chance to meet other environmental science majors and those interested in the field! The club plays an active role at Thiel, participating in campus recycling projects, organizing clean up days and arranging Earth Week activities.

The Environmental Club also participates in RecycleMania and Spring Into Action. RecycleMania is a national recycling competition, while Spring Into Action is a volunteer service opportunity in the local community.

Internship Opportunities

An internship is required for environmental science majors. Thiel students have access to dozens of local and regional internship opportunities. Environmental science majors have the chance to work with governmental agencies, businesses and other institutions in roles related to environmental concerns. Our alumni have interned at places such as the PA Department of Environmental Protection, the Pittsburgh Zoo and Pymatuning State Park!

What do Environmental Science students do after graduation?

Our graduates go on to have careers in private consulting firms and governmental agencies. They hold roles as geologists, lab technicians, natural resource specialists, field project managers, and more. Others go on to graduate school to earn an advanced degree. As environmental concerns increase, there are many opportunities for graduates with a degree in Environmental Science. Check out our job search page for resources pertaining to where to find Environmental Science jobs.

Does Thiel’s Environmental Science program sound right for you? Learn more now!