Bachelor in Environmental Science and Sustainability
USD 26,475 / per semester *
Earliest start date
* full-time fall & spring tuition 2022-2023
Environmental Science and Sustainability (ESS) is the study of humans and the environment, and the means by which policies, regulations, science, and culture can be used to make the world more equitable, natural, safe, and sustainable.
Environmental Science and Sustainability at a glance
- #4 ESS program in the nation
- 100% of all majors complete at least three real-world projects that appear on their resumes; 50% of all majors participate in a related internship; environmental study abroad opportunities are available on every continent.
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.
Starting in their first year, students work with faculty to solve real-world problems related to the environment and social justice. Students prepare reports and present their findings to governments, nonprofits, agencies, and conservation organizations.
Students take Introduction to Environmental Science and discover that, at the college level, ESS is far more interdisciplinary than AP Environmental Science. The class covers agriculture, conservation, energy, and climate change but also teaches students to use art, psychology, ethics, politics, and economics to complement what they know about science. Life Cycle Analysis and patterns of consumption take center stage. Assignments include providing solutions to environmental challenges on campus and in the community.
This is the year that ESS classes enhance students' ability to think, read, speak, and write critically (FS ES 201) and engage methods used by ESS professionals to solve environmental problems (ES 210). Students begin to explore classes and internships to complement their ESS classes. Approximately one-half of classes for the ESS major are electives students choose after consulting with their faculty advisors.
Year three is when students become ESS professionals. The Junior Seminar in Sustainable Development (ES 585) comes together with study abroad, internships, research opportunities, and classes from around the College and around the world as students develop into global thinkers and actors.
Time to select the project you care most about to spend a year on it with your faculty advisor. Almost every student reports back that their ESS Senior Comp was the most satisfying thing they did at Allegheny College. They proudly show their Comps to prospective employers.
Be prepared for careers and graduate education
- Successfully prepare environmental solutions with regional stakeholders.
- Solve real-world problems to prepare to craft an outstanding Senior Comp.
- Design, conduct, and present research consistent with the highest standards.