Faculty mentor Ola Rashwan, speaks with high school student

EnvironMentors is a national science education and college access program created by the Global Council for Science and the Environment. It connects underrepresented high school students with undergraduate students and faculty at local universities in an effort to create mentorships and expose the high school students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through environmental research.

Meet the EnvironMentors at Penn State

Undergraduate Programs

IEE supports two academic programs for undergraduate students at Penn State, the Environmental Inquiry Minor and the Sustainability Leadership Minor.

Graduate Programs


Penn State offers a unique dual-title PhD program where scholars are trained in the interdisciplinary science of biogeochemistry and one of eight major graduate programs: Geosciences, Soil Science, Ecology, Environmental Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Pathology, and Materials Science and Engineering.

Climate Science

Climate Science is a field devoted to the study of Earth’s climate in the past, present, and future. A particular focus is understanding the effects of human activities (anthropogenic impacts) and natural forcing on climate.



This intercollege program emphasizes the properties of ecosystems by focusing attention on interactions of single organisms, populations, and communities with their environment. It is designed to give students an advanced understanding of ecological theory and hypothesis testing and is complementary to other environmental programs that emphasize the human role in ecosystems.

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment emphasize integrated, multidisciplinary approaches designed for improving their understanding about and management of natural resources.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Research is the method that scientists use to discover and establish new knowledge. Because research is done across a wide variety of disciplines, the ways these methods look and the results they produce can vary drastically. However, the purpose is consistent: Create new knowledge.

Undergraduate students at Penn State have numerous opportunities to participate in research. No matter the major or program, undergraduates are encouraged to engage in research. One method to do so is the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU). 

Penn State is partnering with Project Drawdown to explore and enhance “the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.” The Drawdown mission seeks to clarify a positive solutions-oriented path ahead for action on climate change. By working with researchers from across the world, the team has already identified, researched, and modeled the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.

The Penn State Drawdown Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (Drawdown Scholars) supports the Drawdown mission by training students in:

  • transformational technical, ecological, and social solutions for climate mitigation;
  • climate communication;
  • environmental law and policy;
  • leadership and professional development;
  • team-based project development; and
  • global engagement