Environmental Science

  • Program Overview

    The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science degree is a rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum that builds competence in basic science, environmental technologies, computation skills, and communication skills. The program is designed for students with strong analytical abilities with a curriculum that includes courses in environmental science as well as biology, chemistry, physics, earth science, and mathematics. Computer applications are used in many courses, including at the higher levels, the use of software designed or sponsored by the USEPA. A high level of competence in the use of word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets will be required. The Environmental Science B.S. degree allows students to select electives in biology, chemistry, or environmental earth science.

    The department believes that one becomes a scientist by "doing science", not just reading about it. Therefore, the curriculum provides for a year-long research project during the senior year, organized within the two-semester sequence "Senior Thesis I and II". This sequence guides the student in becoming familiar with the scientific method and reading scientific literature. Each student works with a faculty mentor on an individual basis during the senior year to design and conduct a scientific study, culminating in the writing of a Senior Thesis based on the student's work.

    Program Options

    • Bachelor of Science
    • Combined Five Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Science
    • Earth Science Minor

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.