Chatham University

Environmental Studies FAQs

Interested in Environmental Education?

Chatham University is home to one of very few programs certified by the Pennsylvania State Department to offer a teaching certificate in environmental education. This certificate prepares students to enter an exciting and rapidly growing arena for teaching in classrooms and in settings such as nature centers, parks and nonprofit organizations. To receive a certificate, students must complete the requirements for ENV majors (under the Science concentration), the PRAXIS tests (as required by Pennsylvania state law), and Chatham’s Elementary Education or Secondary Education Certification requirements.

What Can You Do With This Degree?

The ENV program is flexible enough to allow you to develop your own area of expertise (in close consultation with your advisor), yet solid enough to ensure that all graduates understand basic environmental problems and principles. Students are prepared to enter the government, non-profit, academic and private sectors as environmental scientists, engineers, public policy experts, activists, business managers, writers, artists, teachers and many other diverse occupations. Students are also prepared to attend graduate schools in fields such as environmental biology, chemistry, business, law, fine arts, literature, teaching, public policy and, of course, environmental studies/science. In general, you will be prepared to understand and act on environmental problems as the focus of your professional and educational path or as an additional interest.

Why Chatham?

Environmental Studies is a complex field, and Chatham is uniquely prepared to train students in this area because of our …

  1. Small, Applied Classes: Our classes are small which fosters in-depth discussions and a focus on “real-world” applications.
  2. Faculty Involvement: ENV faculty work directly with you to determine and meet your academic and career goals. You get to know, and be known by, your professors.
  3. Internships/Service-Learning & Tutorials: We help all environmental students find an internship or service learning project specific to their needs and professional goals. Environmental majors complete an intensive senior research project (i.e., a tutorial) working closely with a faculty advisor. Both experiences develop practical skills and demonstrate to employers and graduate schools the ability to work in a focused manner on a major project.
  4. Unique Setting: Our campus is in a peaceful setting, and is a registered arboretum. Yet, we are located in a vibrant, beautiful and environmentally-active city, and within easy reach of the mountains in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, where outdoor opportunities abound.
  5. Campus eCollegie: You have the opportunity to make a difference while at Chatham through our active campus greening programs run by the Rachel Carson Institute. Chatham is already a leader in purchasing wind energy and reducing the use of hazardous chemicals.
  6. Overseas Study: We offer “Chatham Abroad” programs focused on the environment in countries such as Costa Rica and Belize.
  7. Top-notch Facilities: We have a newly renovated state-of-the-art science building – Buhl Hall – in which to study environmental science and ecology
  8. Specialized Courses: We are located near several other major colleges and universities. Chatham students can take specialized environmental courses on other campuses without sacrificing the small college atmosphere.
Buhl Hall, newly renovated Science building
Chatham’s Environmental Studies Program is unique, rigorous and interdisciplinary, yet practical, integrative, flexible and experience-based. The program is for women who care about the future of the planet and our species!
Buhl Hall,
the newly renovated Science building