The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science at Kutztown University provides specialized training for students to prepare for employment as environmental scientists or for graduate studies in the natural or environmental sciences.
Students in the Environmental Science Program are encouraged to pursue internships for course credit, and are also encouraged to conduct research projects using the specialized facilities and equipment available in the sciences at Kutztown University.
Environmental Sciences Specializations
The Environmental Science Program is an interdisciplinary program with a curriculum that is designed to provide students the opportunity to specialize in
Many undergraduate students in the Environmental Science Program conduct independent research projects for credit. Research results are often presented at local, regional and national meetings and/or symposia. Student/faculty research findings have been presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium at Kutztown University, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania University Biologist's (CPUB) Annual Meeting, the Annual Eastern Analytical Symposium, the Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America, the Entomological Society of America, the Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, and the Annual Sigma Xi Research Symposium at Saint Joseph's University.
Facilities & Equipment
This thirty-acre parcel of land near campus is maintained as an ecological preserve and study area. Since this area has not been farmed for at least thirty years, it is a fine example of old-field succession in Berks County. The variety of habitats present in the preserve provide excellent cover for many birds, mammals, and other vertebrates as well as invertebrates. Ecology, botany, entomology, and limnology courses regularly use the preserve as an outdoor laboratory. In addition, students and faculty often conduct research at the preserve.
Kutztown University Wetland
Kutztown University's Pennsylvania German Cultural Heritage Center is the site of a protected wetland that is used as an instructional resource and on-campus research site. A number of courses make use of the wetland for field-based laboratory exercises including Taxonomy of Vascular Plants, Introduction to Environmental Science, Ecology, Plant Ecology, and Entomology.
Kutztown University Greenhouse
Kutztown University has a modern greenhouse facility that is used to support botany and ecology courses as well as faculty/student research projects.
Environmental Science students benefit from the use of specialized equipment in the Biology and Physical Sciences Departments that has been supported in part by a number of grants from the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation has provided $156,981 in funding for LIMSport to support extensive use of computers in CHM 100/101 and CHM 102/103. Students in the Environmental Science Program benefit greatly from the Biology Department's acquisition of a National Science Foundation CCLI grant for $118,578 (including matching funds) for equipment to outfit a digital imaging laboratory to provide students with hands-on use of digital imaging technology in a large number of Biology courses. In addition, students are benefiting from three other curriculum-based NSF grants, two obtained by the Physical Sciences Department totaling $169,646 and one by the Biology Department for $149,624 (including matching funds).
Environmental Science majors are encouraged to pursue internships and/or formal coursework through the KU-ICADS program in Costa Rica.
KU Environmental Science students have participated in internships at:
- Hopewell National Park
- Valley Forge National Park
- Yellowstone Fishery Assistance Office
- Citizen's Clearinghouse for Hazardous Wastes
- Philadelphia Zoo
- North Carolina Botanical Garden
- PA Department of Environmental Protection
- Blue Marsh Lake, Army Corps of Engineers
- East Penn Manufacturing
Graduates of the KU Environmental Science Program have been very successful in obtaining environmental positions. Results of a recent survey indicate that 85% of the program's graduates are currently employed in jobs related to their Environmental Science major.
Our graduates work for government agencies and groups including:
- PA Department of Environmental Protection
- Ohio Public Interest Research Group
- U.S. Department of Labor - Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA)
- VA Department of Environmental Quality
With a degree in Environmental Science, graduates can enter careers such as nature preserve managers, environmental scientists, quality control specialists, product and process engineers, environmental biologists, environmental geologists, environmental chemists, laboratory managers, research scientists, environmental educators, safety specialists and environmental consultants.
This program is taught by the Department of Biological Sciences.
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