Ongoing changes to our environment are cause for concern among scientists, environmental workers and activists, people living in environmentally sensitive areas and, for the most part, the general population.

While most people agree that sustaining the environment for future generations is of the upmost importance, how to accomplish that task is not as clear. Fortunately, many highly regarded scientists are endeavoring to answer questions associated with climate change and working to assure environmental sustainability.

If you are interested in Chemistry and the Biology of the earth’s natural systems, Alvernia’s new Environmental Science program can help you prepare for a career in which you can make a difference for the future of the planet.

With a degree in Environmental Science from Alvernia University, you will be a scientifically prepared professional who is equipped to address scientific concerns relating to the environment, human life and sustainability. You will graduate having completed traditional biology, chemistry, physics and math courses along with environmentally-related courses while also gaining a strong background in sustainability.

We are extremely proud of our science programs and facilities at Alvernia. Environmental Science courses are taught in the O’Pake Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility with two floors of laboratory and classroom space, all offering the latest in educational technology.

As an Environmental Science major at Alvernia, you’ll learn more than what is contained in textbooks. You’ll experience “real-world learning” that will enable you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.

Your Career

A degree in Environmental Science from Alvernia University can prepare you for a number of varied careers. While you might work in a traditional laboratory or research setting, you also may consider seeking employment as an environmental restoration planner, or an environmental coordinator.

You might be interested in a career as an environmental scientist, environmental chemist or environmental biologist. You may pursue a job as an environmental review officer, environmental technician or an environmental protection specialist.

Or, you might choose to enter graduate school after earning your Environmental Science degree. Many Alvernia graduates have furthered their studies at prestigious universities. Alvernia’s Career Development staff can provide assistance with résumé preparation, interview skills and job and graduate school searches

The need for highly educated and skilled workers in jobs relating to the environment will continue to grow as the need to address environmental issues becomes increasingly urgent. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected grow 15 percent between 2012 and 2022, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics. That is a rate higher than the average for all occupations.

For more information about Alvernia’s Environmental Science Program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

Your Curriculum

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.

Core courses required for Environmental Science majors are:

BIO103 Principles of Biology w/lab
BIO104 Zoology w/lab
BIO221 General Microbiology w/lab
BIO320 Ecology w/lab
BIO440 Biodiversity
CHE104/110 General Chemistry I w/lab
CHE105/111 General Chemistry II w/lab
CHE107 Laboratory Safety
CHE201/210 Organic Chemistry I w/lab
CHE202/211 Organic Chemistry II w/lab
CHE212 Analytical Chemistry w/lab
CHE221 Instrumental Analysis w/lab
CHE320 Environmental Toxicology
CHE430 Environmental Chemistry
SCI402 Senior Seminar
SCI406 Research I and SCI407 Research II - or - SCI480 Science Internship

Related courses that also are required are:

PHY103 Earth Science
PHY110 General Physics I w/lab
PHY111 General Physics II w/lab
MAT131 Pre-calculus (recommended)
MAT208 Introduction to Statistics
MAT230 Calculus I
BIO 203 Biosphere
BIO230 Sustainability Principles and Practices
BIO205 Botany w/lab
BIO325 Environmental Law & Policy
CES330 Sustainability Field Experience

Successfully completing these courses: BIO 203, BIO 230, CES 330, BIO 205, BIO 320, and PHY103, qualifies you for a minor in Sustainability.

You also may choose to minor in Environmental Science by completing the following courses – a total of 19 credits:

BIO103 Principles of Biology
BIO 440 Biodiversity
CHE 104 General Chemistry I
CHE 110 General Chemistry I lab
CHE 430 Environmental Chemistry

And, choose one from the following:

CHE 212 Analytical Chemistry
CHE 221 Instrumental Analysis
BIO 221 General Microbiology
BIO 320 Ecology



Rosemarie C. Chinni, Ph.D.

Science & Mathematics Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Science Program

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Student Perspective

"In chemistry, it's all about your lab technique. At Alvernia I learned how to do chemistry, correctly and efficiently. I learned to work at a quick pace and think ahead."

-Jason Betz '08, Adpen Laboratories, Jacksonville, FL

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