Mercyhurst University

Environmental Science Bachelor of Arts • Bachelor of Science

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.

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

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

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

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

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

EXPERIENCE & OUTCOMES

Getting Jobs

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

Experience

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.

Make A Difference

Environmental Science students make positive and immediate impacts addressing local and regional environmental issues.

Meet the Faculty

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Michael Elnitsky, Ph.D.
Michael Elnitsky, Ph.D.
Dean, Zurn College of Natural and Health Science
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Amy Burniston
Amy Burniston
Instructor of Biology
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Christopher Dolanc
Christopher Dolanc, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Darlene Melchitzky
Darlene Melchitzky, M.S.
Laboratory Director and Research Associate
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David Hyland, Ph.D.
David Hyland, Ph.D.
Professor, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
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J. Michael Campbell
J. Michael Campbell, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
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Katie Kilmer, M.S.
Katie Kilmer, M.S.
Instructor of Biology
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Larry Gauriloff
Larry Gauriloff, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
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Mike Foulk, Ph.D.
Mike Foulk, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
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Sara Turner Cooper
Sara Turner Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Sarah Bennett
Sarah Bennett, M.S.
Chair of Biology Department, Lecturer of Biology
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Stephen Johnson
Stephen Johnson, M.S., M.T. (ASCP)
Program Director, School of Medical Technology, Saint Vincent Health Center
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Summer Ekelund-Weaver
Summer Ekelund-Weaver, M.A.
Instructor of Biology

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