Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree Leadership and Management Concentration

About Leadership and Management

Develop expertise to prepare for leadership career positions in environmental management.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies at California University of Pennsylvania can help to prepare you to be an effective influencer in the dynamic environmental management sector. Cal U's undergraduate degree program in environmental studies offers a broad core of courses in biology and ecology, supplemented with courses in the Earth sciences, chemistry, physics and mathematics.  

The leadership and management concentration in the environmental studies program at Cal U is designed to prepare students to enter the workforce in the public, private or nonprofit sectors. You will complete a combination of biology, political science and business courses that give you a unique perspective on how the environment intersects with society today. You also can choose from a wide range of electives to be career-ready.   

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Through various methods such as gathering information, considering values and exploring consequences, students gain the tools necessary to effectively evaluate information about environmental issues and make informed decisions. Many courses include a laboratory portion where students study the practical application of scientific theories and learn about scientific instruments and various organisms; others provide a hands-on experience with environmental organizations or in the field. 

In addition to classroom studies, the undergraduate program offers opportunities for fieldwork, internships and other hands-on educational activities with a number of regional and national environmental organizations. Students also may earn professional certifications with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA).


Concentrations: You'll develop intellectual and analytical skills to understand and solve environmental problems through the curriculum for the bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. Cal U's challenging and interdisciplinary programs foster your expertise in environmental studies, along with in-depth study of specific interests with one of these five concentrations:

Solid foundation: An interdisciplinary field, environmental studies applies knowledge from many fields to the study and management of the environment. The curriculum focuses on developing an understanding of the physical sciences, chemistry and physics, and a working knowledge of mathematics and statistics. Students study such topics as ecology, ecosystems and human impacts upon them, biodiversity, pollution, energy, and sustainability. You'll be equipped to design, analyze and interpret environmental information and data.

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Student-to-faculty ratio at Cal U.
Credit hours for the bachelor's degree in environmental studies, which can be completed in eight semesters or four years.
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Degree Benefits

In the environmental studies degree program, the concentration in leadership and management gives you the flexibility to focus on a specific content area in preparation for your career or graduate work.  The concentration includes courses on law, planning and policy; geographic information systems (GIS); elements of economics,; and business writing. Environmental organizations are in need of well-trained leaders to help guide them as they work toward an improved environment and protection of public health.  The course Introduction to Leadership Studies: Leadership and Power explores the definition of leadership and the ways in which leadership can exert itself. In addition to examining examples of leadership in a wide variety of settings, students engage in interactive exercises aimed at developing and understanding their personal leadership styles.

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Graduate Outcomes

The intent of the environmental studies degree with a concentration in leadership and management is to provide training for entry-level positions with nonprofit organizations, in the private sector, government and political organizations, and  with environmental consulting firms.  In preparation, students learn how to solve real-life environmental problems and how to lead individuals, groups and organizations more effectively. Heightened public interest in the hazards facing the environment, as well as the increasing demands placed on the environment by population growth, are expected to spur demand for well-trained environmental scientists and specialists. Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11% through 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.

Environmental Studies (B.S.) Conservation Ecology Concentration
Cal U professor takes students outside for field work in environmental studies.

Vital Resources

Students take classes in the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, which is housed in a building equipped with a computer lab, , animal rooms, greenhouse, herbarium and vertebrate teaching museum. Cal U students also benefit from various academic societies and clubs: Beta Beta Beta is the national honor society for biological sciences. The student chapter of the Wildlife Society connects students with the professional community to study, manage and conserve wildlife and their habitats worldwide. Open to all interested students, the Biology Club explores career opportunities, offers behind-the-scenes tours of zoos and museums

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Professional Connections

Cal U graduates in environmental studies hold positions at a wide range of employers, including Greene County (Pa.) Soil and Water Conservation District, National Park Service, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, JRJ Energy Services, Pittsburgh City Parks, Murray American Energy and U.S. Forest Service. Program alumni also are engaged in graduate studies at locations such as the Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden in California and Ohio University.

Statewide Cooperative

Based at Cal U, Partners for Fish and Wildlife is a cooperative effort among many agencies throughout Pennsylvania. The program works to restore habitat for wildlife on agricultural and other lands by constructing stream bank fencing, stream crossings, wetlands, grasslands and border-edge cuts. Partners for Fish and Wildlife works with landowners to improve water quality and wildlife

Through its relationship with the Interdisciplinary Center for Environmental Studies (ICES), Partners for Fish and Wildlife makes internships available for Cal U students.


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Through your curriculum, you'll develop intellectual and analytical skills to help understand and solve environmental problems, while developing expertise in conservation ecology.

Course Examples
  • General Zoology
  • General Chemistry
  • General Botany
  • Business Writing
  • Introduction to Leadership Studies
  • Bioethics
  • Introduction to Business
  • Elements of Economics

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B.S., Environmental Studies - Concentrations and Minors

  • Environmental Studies (Minor)

Environmental Studies Faculty

Dr. David G. Argent


Dr. Summer Arrigo-Nelson
Associate Professor


Dr. Carol Bocetti


Dr. David Boehm


Dr. Paula Caffrey
Assistant Professor


Dr. Chadwick Hanna
Associate Professor


Dr. Sarah Meiss
Associate Professor


Dr. Louise Nicholson
Associate Professor


Dr. Brian Paulson


Dr. Mark Tebbitt
Associate Professor


Dr. Robert S. Whyte


Dr. Ed Zuchelkowski