Environmental Science

The Environmental Science major is highly interdisciplinary, with emphasis in biology and chemistry and coursework in computing sciences, environmental policy, and mathematics. Students complete the introductory course and the Capstone Experience in Environmental Studies. Courses and research opportunities in the program empower students with the ability to apply appropriate scientific, technological, and critical thinking skills to solve modern environmental problems.

Beyond the Classroom

Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.

Research and Internships

  • Faculty-led and independent research on topics such as coal mine reclamation, emerald ash borer, heavy metal uptake in plants, biochar ecology, and carbon sequestration
  • Mazingira Fund supports environmentally related internships
  • Articulated internships, e.g., Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Matador Wildlife Management Area, and Southwest PA Environmental Health Project


  • Environmental consultant / lawyer
  • Conservation / wildlife / marine biologist
  • Doctor / Veterinarian / Health Professional
  • Ecologist / botanist / entomologist
  • Environmental policy analyst
  • Environmental chemist / scientist
  • Energy / water resources specialist

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Environmental Science Faculty

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Robert M. East, Ph.D.

Robert M. East, Ph.D. is an associate professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Washington & Jefferson College.

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Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology; Environmental Science Major Coordinator

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Michael E. McCracken, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics; Coordinator of 3-2 Engineering Program

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