A hands-on, physical, and social science–based education. We develop and implement strategies to overcome challenges faced by communities abroad and at home. We focus on areas like land development, local food supplies, local governance, and more with the goal of balancing environmental stewardship with improved quality of life. Grads take leadership roles in local government, non-profits, and other community organizations, as corporate sustainability officers, or continue academic work in law, business, and science.

Interest Areas
  • Business
  • Policy and Regulatory Affairs
  • Environment, Sustainability, Nature

Focus your degree with an option in Community and Economic DevelopmentEnvironmental Economics and Policy, International Development, or Social and Environmental Responsibility.

  • Corporate and social responsibility
  • Sustainability analysis
  • Charitable trusts
  • GIS analysis
  • Land development consulting firms
  • Community development 
  • Corporate partnerships 
  • Energy and other nonprofits
  • Program management at regional development agencies
  • County planning
Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Community, Environment, and Development Club
  • Alternative Breaks
  • EcoReps – Student Educators for Sustainability
  • Eco Action
  • Student Farm Club
  • Outing Club
Facilities, Centers, and Institutes

Our centers work to create new opportunities for people living throughout Pennsylvania. They enhance ecosystem services and help improve understanding and management of living systems, landscapes, and human-environment interactions.

Target Major/Degree https://agsci.psu.edu/academics/undergraduate/majors/community-environment-and-development