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  • College of Arts & Sciences

    • Science Division
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 323
    • tel: 610-499-4003
    • fax: 610-499-4496
  • Dr. Stephen R. Madigosky

    • Chair, Department of Environmental Science and Sustainability
    • Kirkbride Hall, Room 206
    • tel: 610-499-4269

Environmental Science and Sustainability

Why Widener?

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Expert Faculty

Faculty in the environmental science & sustainability program provide students with individual attention and innovative tools and techniques that prepare them to meet today’s challenges. Faculty often engage students in their research, which spans the areas of astronomy, atmospheric and water chemistry, meteorology, geology, geographic information systems, environmental analysis and ecotoxicology, ecology, physiological ecology, and tropical biology.

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Student Research

Students are strongly encouraged to pursue research projects under the mentorship of faculty. Their work routinely culminates in presentations delivered to the scientific community at local, regional, and national forums and conferences. Working with faculty on real-world problems is an important supplement to classroom education. Students are strongly encouraged to engage in research early in their undergraduate tenure, culminating with the presentation of their senior thesis on Student Project Day.

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Global Studies

Students have the opportunity to travel abroad to pursue environmental research with faculty in Peru, Costa Rica, and Honduras. For example, students travel to Alajeula, Costa Rica to compare the Las Lajas farm that produces organic, shade-grown coffee to other neighboring farms that produce sun-grown coffee. Read more about this study abroad opportunity and others

  • elisabeth powell
  • douglas h. shultz
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Elisabeth Powell


The research at Widener prepared me for life after college because I can work independently and think for myself, and I like to think my time management skills came from doing research at Widener.

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Douglas H. Shultz


I always was passionate about science and the outdoors. The environmental science program seemed like a great fit for me.

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Potential Careers

  • Environmental scientist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Geographic information analyst
  • Ecologist
  • Marine or wildlife biologist
  • Forest manager
  • Meteorologist
  • Geoscientist
  • Science teacher
  • Environmental lawyer

Recent Employers

  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • National Institutes for Health (NIH)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP)
  • Boeing Aerospace
  • United States Department of Agriculture
  • Parsons Corporaiton
  • Cardno ATC
  • Acer Associates
  • JK Environmental Services
  • URS Corporation