Why Study Environmental Science?

Penn State Behrend’s location is a laboratory unto itself and a rich source of undergraduate research opportunities. Our campus arboretum is home to more than 200 species of native and exotic trees and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. 

The college is bordered by an old-growth hemlock forest and Wintergreen Gorge, a 250-foot chasm carved from shale and sandstone over the past 11,000 years. Take a two-minute tour of the gorge.

Just beyond campus are Lake Erie and Presque Isle State Park, a 3,200-acre sandy peninsula that is Pennsylvania’s only strand plain coast and a stop-over for migratory birds. Penn State Behrend’s deep commitment to stewardship of water resources is evidenced by its sponsorship of Pennsylvania Sea Grant, the commonwealth’s leading provider of science-based watershed research, education, and extension programs. Pennsylvania Sea Grant’s Lake Erie, Susquehanna River, and Delaware River offices offer internship opportunities to Penn State Behrend science students.