Allegheny Environmental Science and Sustainability students

We’ll set the stage for your success through hands-on opportunities. You’ll acquire the skills necessary to positively impact both the natural world and the humans who call it home.

Our environmental science and sustainability students expand their skills through internships, research with faculty, community engagement, study away, and more.

Student working in a greenhouse
Studying in the Field

Allegheny’s Bousson Environmental Research Reserve spans 283 acres of woodlands, ponds, streams, wetlands, and native wildlife — presenting rich opportunities for student-faculty research.

Our students also study in the field at many other spots near campus, including:

  • Allegheny National Forest
  • Erie Wildlife Refuge
  • Geneva wetlands
  • Presque Isle and Pymatuning State Parks
  • Tamarack Lake
  • Woodcock Creek Lake
Watershed Conservation Research Center

Allegheny’s center engages in strategic conservation activities and trains students to become future watershed stewards. Faculty and students work together in the field with the goal to protect, restore, and enhance our land and water resources for future generations in the upper Allegheny River basin, focusing on the French Creek Watershed, one of the most biologically diverse streams east of the Mississippi River.

Girls holding fish in stream
Wendy Kedzierski Allegheny College hosts Creek Camp, with students conducting experiments in Woodcock Creek near Price Road in Crawford County, Pa., June 24, 2019. Photo by Ed Mailliard.
Creek Connections Environmental Education

Creek Connections has forged an effective partnership between Allegheny College and regional K-12 schools to turn waterways in Northwest Pennsylvania, Southwest New York, and the Pittsburgh area into outdoor environmental laboratories. Emphasizing a hands-on, inquiry based investigation of local waterways, this project annually involves over 40 different secondary schools and the classes of 50 teachers.

Recent Internships

Second Nature Climate Program

Support ongoing resilience and climate justice work

Gettysburg National Park Trail

Employ geographic information systems to create detailed maps of trails at the park

Watershed Conservation Research Center

Conduct research in our local watershed, French Creek

On-Campus Garden

Spend the summer growing and caring for our on-campus garden.

Recent Senior Comps

The Senior Comp is the culmination of four years of experience, imagination, and study. It is the moment when you demonstrate what you’ve learned by teaching us something new.

Road Salt Effects on Freshwater Ecosystems in the Northeastern United States

The Banana Plantation Project in Costa Rica: Uncovering Social Reali ties through Postcolonial Ecocriticism

BaSCOT: Battery and Solar Capacity Optimization Tool Using OR-Tools

The Impact of Spatial Resolution on Land Cover Mapping: A Small Watershed Case Study

Global BIPOC Climate Activism vs. Mainstream Environmentalism: A Case Study

The Plight of Poecilotheria: Promoting Positive Attitudes Towards Tarantulas Through Wildlife Education

Recent Research

A selection of research projects

Do green campuses make green students?

Evaluating the role of attending a “green” campus in changing behaviors to be more environmentally friendly

Undisciplining Environmental Communication Pedagogy

Toward Environmental and Epistemic Justice in the Interdisciplinary Sustainability Classroom.

Allegheny College Food Forest Educational Project

Watershed Conservation Documentary Project y

Emerging Politics of the Deep Sea Mining Industry

Investigating the Political Ecology of the Toronto Public Transportation System

The range and impacts of Round Gobies on native species in French Creek watershed