In the twenty-first century, the “environment” affects politics, economics, weather, animal species, medicine, and energy. All over the world, people have become increasingly concerned about the safety of our air, food, and water. Current weather-related events have sparked an interest in understanding global climate change and the human factors that may be enhancing global warming. Quality of life issues have made us more concerned and aware about our precious resources and open spaces and how to protect them. Individuals are taking conservation more seriously because of the environmental consequences of our current and future energy needs.

Environmental science is the study of the interactions among the physical, chemical and biological components of the environment. As citizens, we will make decisions and personal sacrifices that will affect our world and our environment. A solid foundation in the science, history, politics, literature, and ethical issues that affect the environment encourage students and graduates to make informed choices.

The Environmental Science and Sustainability Program at Saint Joseph’s University provides students with a strong foundation in the sciences and provides students the opportunity to explore the social, economic, political and sociological connections between humanity and the environment. Saint Joseph’s Environmental Science faculty share their expertise in a wide variety of areas including biology, chemistry, and the social sciences with students in the classroom, the laboratory, the field, and independent research projects.