Off-Campus Study

The department encourages students to participate in off-campus opportunities. A few of the programs offered include:

  • Arava Institute for Environmental Studies: a semester- or year-long program in sustainable development and peace at Kibbutz Ketura, Israel.
  • School for Field Studies in Costa Rica: a semester-long first-hand study of ecological, social, and political aspects of sustainable development in Costa Rica.
  • The Ecosystems Center: a semester of intensive terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem study in Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
  • Duke Marine Biological Lab: a semester-long study of marine ecology and policy. Part of the semester is spent at Duke’s Beaufort Marine Station and part at the Bermuda Biological Laboratory.

Experiential Learning


Half of all department majors participate in internships. Recent examples:

  • Environmental geology: Moody and Associates, environmental firm, Meadville, Pa.
  • Conservation biology: Erie National Wildlife Refuge, Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation Center
  • Soil erosion: Crawford County Conservation District
  • Land use planning: Crawford County Planning Commission
  • Environmental chemistry: Free-Col Laboratories, Meadville, Pa.
  • Environmental regulation: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Watershed management: The French Creek Project, Meadville, Pa.
  • Industrial ecology: PPG Industries, Channellock, Inc., Meadville, Pa.
  • Environment and religion: The Glinodo Center, Erie, Pa.
  • Environmental education: The French Creek Outdoor Learning Center

Major Collaborative Investigations

Several award-winning and nationally recognized initiatives support collaborative faculty-student investigations and activities:

  • Center for Economic and Environmental Development (CEED): fosters studies and action in sustainable economic and environmental activities in Northwest Pennsylvania. Projects include the Meadville Community Energy Project, Sustainable Forestry, Ecotourism, Industrial Ecology, Creek Connections, and Art and the Environment.
  • French Creek Project: affiliated with Allegheny, this project works to protect French Creek and its watershed.

Field Studies

Allegheny is ideally located for the study of the natural environment and areas affected by human activity. Nearby field-study areas include: Allegheny National Forest, Erie National Wildlife Refuge, Presque Isle State Park, Geneva wetlands, numerous lakes and streams, and Avtex Brownfield Redevelopment Site.