Environmental Science explores the intersection between humans and the natural world. It is a complex field that touches upon aspects of the biological and physical sciences, governmental policies, economics, and social issues; success at addressing environmental issues therefore requires an interdisciplinary approach. Consequently, the Mercyhurst University Environmental Science major educates and trains students in the physical and social sciences so that they are reflectively aware of the natural environment in which they live, are globally responsible of the Earth and its resources, and are prepared to successfully address environmental issues on any number of fronts. Students choose a specific track in Biology Field Studies or Geology Field Studies to help emphasize their particular interest in environmental science.

Fast Facts

  • You will learn from faculty who live what they teach and are vested in meeting your needs as a student

  • Students gain hands-on experiences through original research and internship opportunities

  • Students work closely with the biology and geology departments to create an educational plan that fits their interests

  • Students gain a strong background in the physical sciences while also learning about the social science aspect of environmental issues

  • This is a close-knit program with small class sizes that uses modern equipment, labs and classrooms

Learning Outcomes

  • Go beyond the classroom to learn by getting out into the field and traveling outside of Erie
  • Conduct original research and present your results at local, regional, and national conferences
  • Learn by doing when conducting real field tests and surveys


Environmental scientists' work promotes human health and protects the well-being of animals, plants, and the surrounding environment from harmful pollutants.


Major courses are designed to get you hands-on experiences in the field and in the lab so you are prepared for a future addressing environmental concerns.


Jobs for environmental scientists range from working for federal and state governmental agencies, to work related to environmental remediation, to academia.

Contact Us

Christopher Dolanc, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Environmental Science
Office: Zurn 104
Phone: 814-824-2540
Email: cdolanc@mercyhurst.edu