Environmental <br>Science

Learn Outside the Classroom

Student/Faculty Research Opportunities Combine With Community-Based Learning Opportunities

Much of the field research done by students and our expert faculty members is done at local non-profit nature preserves and wildlife refuges such as Tift Nature Preserve, the Reinstein Woods Nature Reserve, and the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory.  Data and findings from the research is given to those organizations to help them better understand what is happening on their lands.  This is a win-win for you as you get actual experience and the organizations are provided data they might not otherwise have. 

Some of our students also teach about the environment and science at local schools such as the Science Drew Magnet School.  This is an added bonus if you want to combine this major with education courses or wish to pursue post-graduate work in education. 

Post-graduate work

Approximately half of our students go on to post-graduate work to open up additional career opportunities.  Recent graduates are pursuing advanced degrees in environmental sciences at SUNY at Stony Brook, SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo State College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Rochester, University of Southern Mississippi, and Syracuse University.

The other half enter the workforce and are well prepared for positions in environmental consulting, environmental regulation and monitoring, environmental conservation, environmental health sciences (toxicology, occupational health, health physics, industrial hygiene, the water quality industry), and the ecological sciences.  Recent Canisius graduates have been hired by Ecology and Environment, Alaskan Observers, RECRA Environmental Consulting, City of Buffalo Public Health Lead Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


Canisius Zoological Society is a group of students interested in animal related activities including bringing guest speakers to campus and nature-focused travel.  Recent trips have included trips to zoos, field trips, and whale-watching.

Tri Beta Biological Honor Society is the biology honor society.  Students participate in a variety of activities including scientific, service, fund raising, and social.  Membership to the national society is recognized as a strong academic accomplishment.  Environmental Science majors are eligible for club and national membership.