Opportunities

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

Internships

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

Creek Connections 

Creek Connections has forged an effective partnership between Allegheny College and regional K-12 schools to turn waterways in Northwest Pennsylvania, Southwest New York, and the Pittsburgh area into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing a hands-on, inquiry based investigation of local waterways, this project annually involves over 40 different secondary schools and the classes of 50 teachers.

Project Goals:

  • Regional Schools and College Collaborative
  • Hands-On Investigative Project
  • Ongoing Water Quality Analysis
  • Increase Awareness of Natural Resources

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.