Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability

Study the environment, natural resources, and sustainability with Ag Sciences.

Do you see yourself developing bio-based products that replace plastics and help us move away from petroleum? Building beautiful landscapes that preserve the environment, protect wildlife, and bring pleasure to people’s lives? Educating and inspiring others to both enjoy and steward the environment? If the environment, natural resources, or sustainability are your future, explore the variety of opportunities provided by the College of Agricultural Sciences!

Interest Area Visits for Prospective Students

Visit us to learn about majors and careers that correspond to your passions! Each visit lasts up to three hours and includes an optional Ag Hill tour, college overview, opportunities to talk to current students and faculty, and meetings with representatives from majors of your choosing.


The following majors each offer a unique pathway to careers associated with the environment, natural resources, and sustainability. Curious? Dive into each web page and request information to learn more.

Agricultural and Extension Education

Prepare to join the ranks of the next generation of agriculture educators. Take positions in high schools, colleges, extension, the agriculture industry, and government agencies.

Biological Engineering

Biological engineering is the application of engineering design and analysis to solve critical sustainability issues such as food production, environmental stewardship, and new bio-based product development.

BioRenewable Systems

Combine the study of engineering technology, natural resources, and agriculture with the fundamentals of business, entrepreneurship, and management.

Community, Environment, and Development

Develop social science knowledge and skills to help communities and institutions effectively understand and respond to social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Environmental Resource Management

Turn your passion for environmental protection and sustainability into a rewarding career with our science-based Environmental Resource Management major.

Forest Ecosystem Management

Develop the hands-on, science-based knowledge and skills required to professionally manage forest ecosystems with a focus on conservation and quality of life.

Landscape Contracting

Combine plant science, creative design, technology, and entrepreneurship to create a rewarding outdoor career in an industry experiencing explosive growth.

Pharmacology and Toxicology

Unleash science to explore topics like cancer and environmental pollution to prepare for medical school and other biomedical careers.

Wildlife and Fisheries Science

Gain a science-based foundation for a career outdoors managing animal and fish species, protecting their respective environments, and practicing environmental stewardship.

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Related clubs and teams

  • Community, Environment, and Development
  • EcoReps – Student Educators for Sustainability
  • Environmental Resource Management Society
  • Literacy, Education, and Agricultural Development Society
  • Penn State Woodsmen’s Team
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Soil Judging Team
  • Student Farm Club
  • The Wildlife Society

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Megan Marshall, Ph.D.
  • Director of Student Recruitment and Activities