Environmental Science: Robert Morris University Environmental Science | Robert Morris University


Environmental science program provide a foundation in major science disciplines, but also develop an expertise in how the diverse areas of science can work together to promote effective and beneficial uses of the planet's physical and biological resources while maintaining an ecological balance within and among the biosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere. Unlike traditional science programs, environmental science degree programs include specialized courses that demonstrate how technology, business, and management practices can be applied to the aquatic, atmospheric, and geologic systems of the planet for the betterment of humanity. Students majoring in environmental science may also enroll in the pre-medicine program.


RMU's Environmental Science program was named among the top 50 in the nation by EnvironmentalScience.org.


    A number of career paths are open to students who study environmental science. Bachelor-level positions in the government sector include naturalist, park ranger, wildlife officer, game warden, and local, state, or federal regulatory agent. Positions in the private sector include environmental laboratory and field technician, ecologist, quality assurance professional, industrial hygienist, hazardous materials technician, environmental consultant, land-use planner, soil scientist, and hydrologist. In the education sector, positions include elementary or secondary teacher, researcher and environmental education specialist. Graduates may also pursue graduate or professional studies in a variety of disciplines such as biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology, medicine, and the health professions.

    Recent Graduates Work Here
    Astorino Branch Environmental Inc., Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., Conservation Consultants, Department of Agriculture, Energy & Environmental Management Inc., EnviroLink Network, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, PA Department of Environmental Protection, PennDOT, Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, Volz Environmental Services Inc., Waste Management.

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    Below is a typical four-year course of study for environmental students, including major requirements and some electives. Your own schedule will vary based on your own interests.

    FRESHMAN/Fall Semester FRESHMAN/Spring Semester
    Principles Of Biology I Microbiology
    Reading & Writing Strategies Chemistry II
    Chemistry I General Psychology
    College Math Argument & Research
    Humanities: Art and Music Decision Support Systems
    SOPHOMORE/Fall Semester SOPHOMORE/Spring Semester
    Intro To Physical Geology Intro To Meteorology
    Environmental Physics Survey of Economics
    Public Speaking Business Professional Communication
    Statistics Finite Math and Applied Calculus
      Principles of Sociology 
    JUNIOR/Fall Semester JUNIOR/Spring Semester
    Environmental Chemistry Hydrogeology
    Ecology Fundamentals Advanced Ecology
    Air Pollution Field Methods I
    World Civilization I                      World Literature
    Business Elective  Business Elective 
    SENIOR/Fall Semester SENIOR/Spring Semester
    Toxicology Air/Water/Land Pollution
    Environmental Law Natural Resource Management
    Field Methods II        Senior Thesis/Internship
    Open Elective Open Elective
    Business Elective                                 

    RMU's environmental science degree program uniquely trains environmental scientists for professional and technical positions in business, industry, government, and education by providing the analytical, technical, and enterprise skills required of such positions. Robert Morris offers a bachelor of science (B.S.) program and a bachelor of arts (B.A.) option.

    The B.A. degree program is suited to students wishing to blend environmental science with other disciplines such as economics, political science, education, or computer science for careers in government, consulting, or education.

    The B.S. degree program is suited to students planning to enter careers in environmental science or pursue graduate and professional studies.

    Students in both programs benefit from the university's renowned Communication Skills Program. Because environmental science professionals are required to write reports and present information in a variety of venues and mediums, such training provides RMU graduates with a competitive edge. In addition, business courses are incorporated into the curriculum, giving graduates an enhanced ability to interact with non-science professionals in business, industry, and government.


    The program has five new science laboratories designated for study in Biology/Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Physics, and Environmental Science. The science department also has three designated research areas. These laboratories have state-of-the-art instructional technology, including wireless connectivity and multimedia instruction. The life sciences have several existing analytical instruments that are currently incorporated into the curriculum. Students in the science program currently get exposed to Atomic Absorption spectroscopy, Ion chromatography, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, High Performance Liquid Chromatography, Gas Chromatography, and more.

    The School of Engineering, Mathematics, and Science unites faculty members from diverse disciplines and provides  opportunies for collaboration in teaching and research between faculty and students. We provide students with real-world experiences that give them the skills they need to compete in the job market. The results show: a 96% job placement rate for our graduates. We emphasize a global curriculum and have a diverse student and faculty body. We make sure our students are engaged citizens of the globe and experienced professionals in sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    Scholarships are available based upon academic achievement. 

    For freshmen, high school grade point average and ACT/SAT scores are used. For transfer students, the cumulative grade point average of all college courses is used. Scholarships range from $1000 per year up to full tuition. (To calculate your scholarship eligibility, click here.)

    Higher education is an investment in your future. 

    At Robert Morris University, we will work closely with you to show you how to finance your education through a combination of need-based financial aid, scholarships, and financing strategies to make your education attainable. RMU has one of the lowest tuition rates of all private institutions in the state, but we know that financing your education can be complicated, and your family might need help in understanding your options. 

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