Environmental Science is the study of the interrelationship between human activities and the environment. We examine effects of human actions on the environment, and the means by which policies, regulations, and decisions influence human actions. We also study human behavioral, cultural, and sociological interactions that affect the environment.
As an Environmental Science and Sustainability major, you will acquire the skills necessary to positively impact both the natural world and the humans who call it home.
Welcome from the Chair
Welcome to the Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability (ESS) at Allegheny College. Our faculty and students pride themselves in working together to make the world a more environmentally sound, equitable, just, and sustainable society. We don’t just study the environment, we improve it. There is a reason that for the last five years ESS at Allegheny has been listed among the top five in the United States.
Every ESS major graduates with at least three experiences listed under the Research and Publications section of their resume. Seriously, as an Allegheny student you will be in classes responsible for creating reports delivered to government agencies, non-profit organizations, administrations, scientists, and politicians. Here are a few recent examples:
- Raising Fifth Ward: A sustainable development plan for a low-income neighborhood in Meadville, PA.
- Conservation of native organisms in vernal pools at the Erie National Wildlife Refuge.
- Preventing lead toxicosis in Bald Eagles.
- Can sheep replace lawn mowers on Allegheny’s campus?
- Where should European bison be reintroduced to ensure maximum success: A GIS study.
Consider Allegheny’s Internships and Study Abroad in addition to the world-improving projects completed in our classrooms opportunities to your class generated responsibilities to the community and the world and you will begin to get a sense of how well trained our graduates are. This year, for example, our faculty are leading credit-bearing classes to study Birds, Chocolate and Forests of Belize and Natural Resource Controversies and Compromises in the Rockies.
Employers seek out Allegheny graduates because our students know how to do things, not just study them.
Among the many opportunities available to you as a student are our Food Studies program; LEED Gold Certified Carr Hall, where we work, play and study; the Bousson Experimental Forest; an organic garden; Creek Connections; and a Sustainable Campus program that is the envy of other college and universities.
If you are the kind of student who is interested in reading a textbook, memorizing facts, and taking tests, I’ll be honest, Allegheny’s ESS program may not be for you. We don’t have textbooks and we don’t give many exams. If you are interested in doing things, getting your hands dirty trying to solve real-world problems, give us a call, email us, or better still, come visit.
Eric Pallant, Chair
Christine Scott Nelson ’73 Endowed Professorship of
Environmental Science & Sustainability
Download May 2020 ESS Newsletter