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Environmental Science

Creating a Better World

Interested in studying environmental issues, biological sciences, and interactions between people and the environment? A Bachelor of Science degreee in Environmental Science at Etown 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. This exciting major includes hands-on coursework both inside our laboratories and in the varied environments around campus. All students complete undergraduate research or an internship related to environmental science.

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What Can I 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.


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Worldwide Educational Experiences

Our undergraduate students engage in diverse learning adventures, from on-campus activities to studying abroad. The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences enables students to immerse themselves in academic-focused trips to destinations like Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Ecuador, Japan, and Tanzania. Campus clubs and organizations further enrich these global experiences, expanding academic horizons.

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Expanding Learning Horizons

Emphasizing hands-on experiences and high-quality classroom learning, we offer ample chances to apply skills via internships and research. Our Department encourages joining faculty-led field trips to enhance your environmental science knowledge and understand human impacts. Notably, our alumni highlight our research emphasis as key to their post-graduation employment success.

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Turning Curiosity Into Scientific Discovery

The Turtlepop project, started by Elizabethtown College students in 2009 under Dr. David Bowne, evolved from a simple turtle survey into the largest ever study of turtle populations in the U.S. It explores how urbanization impacts turtles, involving a national network of student researchers. This initiative offers students hands-on experience in significant ecological research.

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Biology Minor

A minor in Biology gives students from other majors the opportunity to gain a basic understanding of the field of Biology. Students have the option to take different Biology courses that can help broaden their knowledge of the world around them, and be applied to various careers across disciplines.


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