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Environmental Science

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania
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  • Create Positive Change for our Climate with an Environmental Science Degree from Gannon University 

    Gannon’s environmental science program provides ample hands-on field experiences that take learning outside the classroom. Make a difference for our environment and protect human health by identifying environmental problems through research and data collection. 

    • Collaborate with real-world agencies and organizations on research, internships and project opportunities.
    • Gain practical experience, taking classroom learning outdoors.
    • Choose your focus: environmental health and safety or environmental resource management.

    Learn to Lead the Way in Environmental Science

    • Apply natural sciences to understand human impacts on the environment.
    • Gain hands-on experience with field sampling and analytical instruments used by environmental professionals.
    • Identify and evaluate environmental problems and develop solutions to remediate and sustain environmental systems.

    Experience an Exceptional Learning Environment

    • Take your classroom experience outdoors. Gannon’s proximity to Lake Erie offers unique research and field experiences in conducting air, water and soil sampling.
    • Obtain internship opportunities with consulting firms, governmental agencies and local industries to enhance your educational experience.
    • Explore the world through travel courses and semester abroad opportunities for course credit.

    Inspire Your Academic Success

    Gain real-world knowledge through key environmental science courses including: 

    Water Quality Lab: Use equipment and techniques to assess quality parameters of surface and ground water. 

    Environmental Toxicology Lab: Gain experience collecting and analyzing air, water and soil samples. Activities have included conducting water quality monitoring onboard the research vessel, RV Environaut.

    Climate Change and Energy: Learn how complex factors contribute to global climate change, along with topics including conventional and renewable energy technologies.

    Achieve the Possibilities

    • Accelerate your education with Gannon’s five-year program, earning a B.S. in environmental science and an M.S. in environmental science and management.
    • Graduates of the environmental science program are highly employable and typically find jobs with government agencies, environmental consulting firms, private industry and nonprofit organizations.
    • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for environmental scientists or specialists is $73,230. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of and application of math and the natural sciences in order to understand human impacts on the natural and built environment.
  2. Gain the practical skills necessary in the environmental field including laboratory and field instrumentation, computer software, and sampling and analytical techniques.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to identify and evaluate environmental problems and to develop solutions to remediate and sustain environmental systems.
  4. Be able to implement scientific research strategies, including collection, management, evaluation, and interpretation of environmental data.
  5. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills specific to the audience and circumstance.
Maria Taliani

Maria Taliani Environmental Science

“The resources available to environmental science students are incomparable because of Gannon’s location. The experience I received in the program will allow me to be confident and succeed in my career.”

  • Receive hands-on learning through real-world courses, projects and valuable internship experiences that prepare you to become a professional in the field.
  • 13:1Enjoy a personalized experience inspired by Gannon’s faculty experts and a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.
  • Apply for generous financial aid packages and scholarship awards.