Environmental and Sustainability Studies

LHU’s Environmental and Sustainability Studies programs are designed for anyone interested in better understanding the relationship between human activity and the environment. These degrees are especially beneficial for those pursuing careers in conservation or environmental regulatory agencies, environmental consulting firms, financial institutions, advocacy and lobbying groups, and educational institutions.

What You'll Study

Environmental Studies Minor

The 18-credit minor in Environmental Studies integrates expertise from departments across the University. To ensure that you gain in-depth knowledge in the discipline of Environmental Studies, you will take two required courses:

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies Capstone

For the remaining 12 credits, you may choose a minimum of one course from the sciences and a minimum of one course from the humanities/social sciences. The remaining two courses could be from either category. Topics covered include:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Field Ecology
  • Outdoor Recreation


A.A. in Sustainability Studies

The 60-credit associate’s degree in Sustainability Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines ideas and methods from a variety of disciplines, including environmental studies, social sciences, and humanities to prepare graduates for careers in sustainability. You will take 30 credits of general education courses including (written and oral communication, natural science, and history. You will also take 30 credits of sustainability courses including:

  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Environmental Studies Liberal Arts Seminar
  • Introduction to Conservation Law
  • Environmental Justice
  • Introduction to Business
  • Environmental Studies Capstone


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Program Highlights

  • Careers: Recent graduates are employed in a range of exciting careers including:
      • Avian Biologist at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
      • Environmental Specialist for a Pennsylvania construction company
      • Public Programs Educator at Briar Bush Nature Center 
  • The Hemlock: The Hemlock is a publication of the Environmental Focus Group, whose goal is to help the LHU community develop a deeper sense of place by promoting and supporting activities, experiences, and structures that encourage students, faculty, and staff to develop a stronger sense of place for Lock Haven University and central Pennsylvania. Such a sense of place involves stewardship of natural resources (environmentalism), meaningful outdoor experiences, and appreciation for the heritage of the region. The articles are contributed by LHU faculty, students, staff, and administrators, as well as by members of the central Pennsylvania community. 
  • Environmental Club: The Environmental Club meets regularly to discuss environmental issues.  We also go on trips and participate in campus clean-ups.

  • Facilities:  Faculty deliver courses in technology-enhanced classrooms with vast multimedia capabilities.  Students can access open computer labs and campus wireless network when using personally-owned devices.  Students can request technology resources from Stevenson Library, Media Services.

Want to Know More?

Sustainability Studies

Dr. Robert Myers
411 Raub Hall, Lock Haven University
(570) 484-2236

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