Academic Programs of Study

Environmental Studies

Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies

  • Focus on environmental advocacy, encompassing scientific principles, ethical frameworks, public policy, connections to the natural world, and communications skills
  • Three tracks: Environmental Humanities, Environmental Justice, Environmental Science
  • Minor also available; complements many existing majors
  • Career options include advocacy-based professions focused on environmental issues, such as education, consulting, law, urban planning, policy, public relations, and more

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Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies at Marywood

Earn a degree in Environmental Studies

Because climate change and other environmental issues are so complex, they need creative solutions grounded in critical analysis and shaped by multiple disciplines. The Environmental Studies Program at Marywood University is distinctive, because our interdisciplinary approach incorporates a diverse array of courses in Art, English, Philosophy, History, Religious Studies, Sociology, and Science, along with practical experiences, internship opportunities, intergenerational collaboration, and a capstone project.


Today’s complex environmental challenges call for versatile professionals who can adapt to and thrive in a variety of settings. Environmental Studies students at Marywood University address real world problems, becoming well versed in the comprehensive analysis of complex environmental issues and potential solutions, oral and written communication skills, and critical thinking. The curriculum varies depending on the track of study chosen, but all Environmental Studies majors share the same foundational coursework and must do a capstone project.

Students are prepared to work in a variety of environmental advocacy occupations upon graduation or to pursue advanced studies if their particular career aspirations warrant additional education.

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Deborah Hokien, Ph.D.
Associate Dean College of Health & Human Services
Courses: Quantitative Research Design, Chemistry of Our World, General Chemistry Laboratory, Chemical Analysis

Lisa Antoniacci, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Director of Biotechnology Program, and Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) Chairperson
Courses: Biotechnology, Immunology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology

Deanne Garver, Ph.D.
Chairperson & Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Courses: Organic Chemistry, and Chemistry

Krista Wargo
Laboratory Instructor
Courses: General Biology Lab I and II, Microbiology and Immunology labs
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The $6.4 million Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with four large laboratories, a newly renovated Biotechnology research lab, an environmental wet laboratory, a greenhouse, three computer laboratories, and a multi-media auditorium. Marywood's campus is a certified national arboretum.

The Learning Commons changes minds about what a library is, how it works, and what it’s supposed to do. By seamlessly navigating the ever-changing learning landscape, the Learning Commons in effect removes previous barriers to knowledge creation. Since it is far more than a repository for information, the facility instantly became a place where people collaborate and create knowledge, using the latest technology and the energy that is borne of intellectual exchange and inspirational spaces. The Learning Commons also is the home of the Center for Multimedia Communication, which provides media tools necessary to publish an online newspaper; direct, produce, shoot, or edit video and audio programming; create and publish a PR newsletter; produce short films; manage social media accounts; and much more.

There are so many career possibilities with an Environmental Studies degree! Let your passion shape your purpose, as you work toward the goal of preparing for the kind of environmental career you want. Some occupational settings/areas of specialization might include the following:

  • Environmental Agencies/Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Lobbying/Advocacy
  • Environmental Media
  • Educational Institutions
  • Foundations
  • Government Agencies
  • Legal Institutions
  • Laboratories and Manufacturers
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Parks and Zoos
  • Public Health Agencies


I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2015 with a B.A. in Art Administration. I currently work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in the Development department as a Major Gifts Assistant. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

As the Major Gifts Assistant, I report to two Major Gifts Officers and also to the Senior Director of Major Gifts. I am responsible for preparing and completing mailings, scheduling, pulling reports, and letter writing. I move management tracking and reporting via Raiser’s Edge database. Every day is different and it is always interesting and exciting.

I am so grateful that I get to do what I love at one of the best museums in the country. This degree gave me the ability to explore a wide range of career paths in the arts. I really liked that it was a good mix of creative and practical skills. I am proud of my accomplishments and I am proud to be a Marywood graduate. Set goals and then attack them!





Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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All EVST students must take two team-taught foundation courses and do a capstone project.

EVST 101 Introduction to Environmental Studies

Background in the science of environmental issues which affect climate change. Issues include air and water pollution, ocean acidification, ways to improve carbon footprinting and overall reduction, recycling and reuse proposals. Covers approaches of studying these issues with a focus on information literacy, scientific veracity, and critical thinking. Faculty from related disciplines will discuss the impact of these scientific challenges and the need for stewardship, advocacy, and policy changes.

EVST 200 Climate Change

Examines the science and discusses and analyzes our various ethical obligations (individual, national, international, intergenerational, etc)  in this context, with a strong emphasis placed on the identifying and considering  the interests of the most vulnerable.  The course will close with an exploration of how these ethical concerns can be addressed in policy and advocacy around climate change.

Students take one course in each of the following areas:

Scientific Knowledge  (sample courses follow each)

BIOL 110 Principles of Biology
ENVS 109, Technology, Environment, and Society
ENVS 399A Science of the Lackawanna River

Moral Issues and Ethical Frameworks

PHIL    328 Environmental Ethics
PHIL    415 Climate Justice
PHIL    340  Animal Ethics

Public Policy and Government

ENVS  345 Environmental Management and Policy
HIST    401 US Environmental History
SOC    470B Environmental Crime and Justice

Connection to the Natural World

ART 490B: Green Peace: Art and Nature
ENGL 331 Environmental Literature
RST 240 Spirit and Nature

Effective Communication and Advocacy

ART 416 Social Impact Design
ENGL 484 Political Writing and Rhetoric
ENGL 486 Environmental Writing