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Environmental Biology


If you enjoy being out in the field, gathering data and monitoring the conditions that impact our environment, our Environmental Biology degree might be the perfect fit for you.

Our program, which is built on evidence-based science, will prepare you for a rewarding career that lets you discover the relationships between plants and animals in their environments, as well as the causes and management of environmental pollution.



Jobs Are Increasing.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts jobs will increase 11% for environmental occupations by 2026.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Our curriculum is founded on evidence-based science. You'll gain a fundamental knowledge of botany, zoology, genetics and ecology in lectures and labs taught by faculty members, not graduate assistants.

The classes are small, so you'll have the opportunity to work closely with faculty experts, participate in their research, and present at local, regional or national meetings.

After graduation, you'll have the skills you need to succeed in graduate school or obtain a meaningful job at environmental agencies, zoos and aquaria or private consulting firms.

How Edinboro Supports You.

Edinboro offers a wide range of programs designed to pique your interests and broaden your knowledge of environmental careers. As an Environmental Biology student, you'll be held to high standards and be well-prepared to enter the global workforce or graduate school.

As an Environmental Biology major, you will:

  • Take at least one intensive research course and complete a capstone experience to make certain you have practical hands-on experience.
  • Have the opportunity to present your research at local, regional or national meetings.
  • Obtain at least one internship with environmental organizations such as wildlife rehabilitation centers, DCNR, PA Fish and Game Commission, Environmental Protection Agency, nature centers, zoos, aquariums, aviaries and state parks.
  • Get hands-on experience at summer field classes at the University of Pittsburgh's Pymatuning Laboratory of Ecology.
  • Network with successful alumni working in a variety of environmental occupations.

Your Future

Graduates from our program go on to pursue graduate degrees in Conservation Biology, Ecology or Environmental Biology or find employment working as zookeepers, aquarists, naturalists, consultants, or biologists around the country at places like:

  • Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, Meadville, PA.
  • Arrowhead Ranch Outdoor Science School, Lake Arrowhead, CA.
  • Eurofins Frontier Global Sciences, Bothell, WA.
  • Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA.

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Nina Thumser
Department Chair
126C and 146 Cooper Hall
Email: nthumser@edinboro.edu
Phone: 814-732-2158

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