The outcome of tomorrow is based upon what we do today.
A degree in Environmental Science from La Salle will give students an understanding of Earth’s living and physical environment, how those systems operate, along with the nature and mitigation of human impact on the environment.
Employment of environmental scientists and specialists is projected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.
— U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics
Blaze Your Own Path
An environmental science degree prepares students for successful careers in both expected and surprising fields including:
Environmental science as a minor complements a variety of majors. Students who minor in environmental science will receive experiences in environmental issues for students majoring in programs other than environmental science. Graduates from our program are well educated on environmental and global issues, including such diverse areas as policy, economic, philosophic, as well as scientific perspectives.
It is also a great minor to help prepare students to enter agencies related to environmental policy such as the Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, and non-profit agencies and companies that place an emphasis on helping people around the globe.
Environmental studies as a minor also helps students entering graduate studies dealing with policy issues, environmental law, city planning, resource management, and teaching.
La Salle’s Environmental Science Department serves qualified students interested in an education and careers in health professions, physical sciences, life sciences, and science education by offering:
Broad theoretical and laboratory training to prepare students for graduate work in the life sciences, careers in scientific/clinical technology, or for careers in science education.
State-of-the-art teaching and research facilities that enable our students to learn.
Teaching laboratories equipped with modern microscopes, lab equipment, prepared samples, and reagents for individual and group work in a number of different disciplines.
Student-based research laboratories.
Computers and software for students to perform bioinformatics analysis of research data and other computational needs.
Greenhouses for both teaching and research needs.
Flexibility that allows students to change the direction of their career preparation through their junior year without any notable effect on their ability to complete the program in four years.
An average class size of 22 students provides the individualized attention that you deserve.
An invaluable location with Center City Philadelphia at your doorstep. You’re prepared with the internship and subsequent employment opportunities among the region’s top medical, healthcare, pharmaceutical, science, and research organizations, including corporate leaders.
Guidance and dedication from professors who are recognized scholars of their industry.
A close-knit community our well-read cohort of faculty, staff, Christian Brothers and fellow students ignite meaningful discussion and collaboration, as well as lifelong friendships.
Unbeatable value based on a proven return-on-investment. That’s why Money magazine cited La Salle fifth on its list of “50 Colleges that Add the Most Value for 2016-17, along with mentions in U.S. News & World Reports, Forbes, and TheEconomist.
What was it that inspired you to go into environmental science? Actually my degrees are in geology. When I was studying geology, the field of environmental science was not robust. Over the years my interests have morphed to an environmental emphasis. How did your path lead you to La Salle? When I was applying for […]
What was it that inspired you to go into environmental science?
Actually my degrees are in geology. When I was studying geology, the field of environmental science was not robust. Over the years my interests have morphed to an environmental emphasis.
How did your path lead you to La Salle?
When I was applying for positions in my field, I was offered one in industry at a much higher salary; however, I always wanted to teach and La Salle has always been known as a place where teaching comes first.
How do you view your role as a teacher and what do you hope to instill or inspire in your students?
One of the reasons I pursued an academic career was to have the opportunity to mentor students in geology and now in environmental science. My teaching philosophy is to engage students’ minds in the learning process by providing stimulating lectures, activities, lab assignments, field trips and by providing examples of how knowledge can influence the environmental decision-making process. I have worked to develop creative techniques that foster the learning process and lead to students’ development of a desire to learn course material. I encourage classroom participation by encouraging students to get their hands dirty (both figuratively and literally). One of my goals is to train students in the environmental sciences to be critical thinkers and problem solvers in the classroom and in their future work.
If your students could graduate having retained just one lesson, what would you hope it would be?
Never accept statements at face value. Research and critically think about them before committing to any actions.
What is your ideal way to spend free time?
Hanging out with my friends and dogs, playing golf, and reading mysteries and non-fiction
What is the last book that you read?
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
How do you view the role of environmental science in the world today?
Environmental science is critical to society today because it offers a specialized, integrated approach to global issues surrounding sustainability, the use of natural resources, how human activity impacts ecosystems, how such activity can cause degradation, and what can be done to mitigate this impact.
Beyond the Classroom
83% of faculty hold a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
Ranked in Forbes 2017 Top U.S. Colleges.
Listed by the New York Times in the Top 6% for median income of graduates at age 34.
Ranked 34th in the North Region on U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 list of Best Colleges.