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Environmental Science/Studies & Geology

Choose from five designated earth and environmental sciences Programs of Emphasis (POEs) or design your own in conjunction with faculty in other departments. The EES designated POEs are environmental economics, environmental studies, environmental science, geology, earth and space science/secondary education, and wildlife conservation. Can’t choose just one? Combine two—your advisers will help you along the way.

Get Involved:

  • Air and Waste Management Association
  • American Geological Institute
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Environmental Coalition
  • National Assn. of Environmental Professionals
  • National Recreation and Parks Association
  • National Solid Waste Management Assn.
  • National Wildlife Federation
  • Sap Suckers (Maple Syrup)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Water Environment Federation
Professional organizations on campus

What Our Alumni Are Saying:

Earth and environmental science at Juniata is distinctive. Here, the faculty knowledge of EES is broad, which enables students not only to study their areas of interest, but also to open new doors and learn about other aspects of important, modern science

-Alexa Zimbicki ’12

Our Recent Graduates in Graduate School

Hannah Frank ’11 is attending the University of Pennsylvania’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

Colleen Metzger ’09 is pursuing her master’s degree in biology at the University of Cincinnati. Her research focus is cross-temporal genetic change in Darwin’s tree finches.

Matthew Wagner ’10 is currently enrolled in a master’s program at Austin Peay State University in the Center for Excellence in Field Biology.

Our Recent Graduates in the Workforce

Genna Huston ’08 is currently employed as a geologist at E.A. Earth Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc. in Hunt Valley, Md.

Joel N.Meyer ’92, an assistant professor of environmental toxicology at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, has received the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences’s (NIEHS) Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award. Joel earned a doctorate in environmental toxicology from Duke in 2003.

You can read about more outstanding Environmental Science/Studies & Geology graduates.

What Can You Do With a POE in Environmental Science/Studies & Geology?

Bachelor’s Degree

[Entry Level]
  • environmental activist
  • environmental technician
  • laboratory tester
  • industrial environmental manager

Graduate Degree

[Experience Often Required]
  • environmental policy manager
  • environmental scientist
  • epidemiologist
  • urban planner

Possible Employers:

  • biological science technician
  • ecologist
  • environmental claims manager
  • environmental lawyer
  • guide/trail teacher
  • hydrologic technician
  • naturalist/educator
  • park ranger
  • wildlife manager
  • water quality modeler

Related Occupations:

  • business and industry
  • colleges/universities
  • construction companies
  • consulting firms
  • engineering firms
  • marketing and research firms
  • mining companies
  • petroleum companies
  • research laboratories
  • state/federal government

Stay on Target the Next Four Years

Freshman Year

Increase Self-Awareness
  • Identify interests, values and skills by using FOCUS
  • Meet with a Career Counselor and/or take NDSS 100 Career Planning
  • Develop a professional resume and upload it to JuniataJobs.com
  • Attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops throughout the year
  • Test your interests through student organizations, volunteer work and a summer job/internship

Sophomore Year

Explore Relevant Work Experience
  • Research specific careers and related qualifications
  • Become active in student organizations relevant to your POE; consider a leadership position
  • Update your resume on JuniataJobs and attend Juniata Career Day and career workshops
  • Set Social Networking sites to “private” and maintain professional behavior
  • Attend events with Juniata alumni to build your network;create a profile on Juniata Connect
  • Get a job or internship related to your field of interest

Junior Year

Prepare for the Professional World
  • Make employment/graduate school choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and participate in Career Workshops
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Build a professional wardrobe and attend the Etiquette Dinner
  • Simulate a Mock Interview
  • Get an internship related to your field of study

Senior Year

Implement Career Choices
  • Update resume on JuniataJobs and secure quality references
  • Meet with a Career Counselor for your “Senior Meeting”; consider registering for NDSS 205—21st Century Career Search
  • Create a LinkedIn Profile and network with professionals for job leads/grad school information
  • Network at Career Fairs: Juniata Career Day, WestPACS, CPEC
  • Apply to targeted employers/graduate schools: Follow-Up

Notable Internship Sites:

  • Audubon
  • Concurrent Technologies Corp.
  • Earth Res Group (ERG)
  • Gentex Optics
  • Georgia Sea Turtle Center
  • Natural Biodiversity
  • Nine Mile Run Watershed Association
  • Progressive Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) Wildlife Center
Acquire on-the-job experience

Career Services Staff

  • Darwin V. Kysor, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
  • Michael J. Pennington,
    MHRM, M.Ed.
    Assistant Director