Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

Interested in studying environmental issues, biological sciences, and interactions between people and the environment? A Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at E-town College could be the perfect course of study for you!

In this program, you will learn the "hard science" necessary to solve environmental problems while developing the skills to interpret those problems in terms of the larger social, political and economic context. In addition to providing you with a solid grounding in basic principles, our curriculum also exposes you to the application of those principles through research, community-based learning experiences, and internships.

As a part of the curriculum, you’ll take a variety of classes in:


  • ecology
  • chemistry
  • physics
  • math

Additionally, you’ll have the chance to participate in:


  • faculty-supervised research
  • complete internships
  • support local community organizations through volunteer projects

What can you do with a degree in Environmental Science?

The undergraduate curriculum prepares you for entry-level positions with environmental firms, industry or government agencies that require knowledge of environmental principles and methodology, as well as for entry into graduate environmental programs

Environmental Science Field Work
Environmental Science Field Work
Environmental Science Field Work
Environmental Science Field Work
Environmental Science Field Work
Environmental Science Field Work

As a part of the undergraduate program, our students are encouraged to participate in a variety of both on- and off-campus experiences, including studying abroad! Students from the Department of Biology have been afforded the opportunity to not only study abroad, but also to live in locations and attend classes which support their academic interests. Our students have studied in places such as Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Japan and Tanzania! Through on campus clubs and organizations, you will be able to explore and broaden your academic interests.

We believe in practical experience, superior classroom education, and opportunities for application of your learned skills through internships and independent research. In our Department, you’ll also find frequent invitations to join faculty researchers on out-of-the-classroom field experiences to deepen your understanding of environmental science and the impact of human activity. In fact, our previous students cite our focus on research as an important factor in securing employment after graduation.

Thousands of Students Take Part in E-town Research

The Turtlepop project began in 2009 when a group of Elizabethtown College students studying ecology undertook a class project to survey turtles in a local pond. It asked the question "could cities around the US be affecting the ratio of female turtles to male turtles?" Under the guidance of Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. David Bowne, the project grew to become the largest study on turtle population structure ever conducted, enlisting the help of a network of students across the country. Find out more about the project and the results that were gathered here.


From the Department of Biology

Marissa Kopp

Marissa Kopp ’19 transferred to E-town from HACC

Environmental Science major and English-Professional Writing minor

“I never envisioned myself graduating from there.”

Marissa Kopp knew from the beginning that she’d move on from Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) to attend a different college. She used HACC as a credit builder until she found a college that would be a better fit. As a commuter, she wanted someplace close to home. Initially, she looked at Elizabethtown because of its English program, plus her father and uncle had attended E-town. The latter, like Kopp, had transferred in. Elizabethtown also featured a navigable campus with a small student-to-teacher ratio and was flexible in accepting transfer credits, she said. Now that she is here, Kopp said she enjoys the individual attention she receives from advisors and professors.