Environmental Science

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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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Program Chair

Robert M. East, Ph.D.

Office: SWA 008 Degrees: Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology and Management, Texas A&M University; M.S. Plant and Soil Sciences, Texas A&I University; B.S. Biology, Murray State University Areas of Study Robert East is an Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program. He teaches a variety of courses covering interdisciplinary aspects of environmental studies, with areas…


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