The Center for Environmental Research and Education

Student Conducting Field Research with FrogThe Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) houses Duquesne University's undergraduate, graduate and professional certificate programs in Environmental Science. Since 1992 CERE has provided multidisciplinary education that prepares students for careers in current and emerging areas of environmental science, advancing the mission and vision of Duquesne University and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. CERE takes cues from current pressing issues and guidance such as the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals, current local and national policies, and more.


Research conducted by CERE faculty spans both the natural and social sciences, extending to grant-funded outreach efforts in such areas as habitat enhancement, preservation of biodiversity, stormwater management, and climate initiatives. Graduate and undergraduate students work along with faculty in state-of-the-art facilities and labs.

An intellectually stimulating atmosphere of research and analysis in environmental science and sustainability is provided to all students, faculty, and guests of the CERE community.

Learn more about our faculty's research here.

Academic Programs

CERE is home to the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Management program, two professional certificate programs, a Bachelor of Science degree, a minor, and numerous joint undergraduate and graduate programs.

Graduate Program

Our Environmental Science and Management graduate program fosters active learning through research and coursework. Throughout their graduate careers, students examine current environmental issues that face the scientific community as well as policy solutions and strategies to make real-world change. Students have ample opportunity to work alongside faculty members on in-depth environmental science research in Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond, as well as connect with local organizations and institutions for hands-on learning. Students develop critical non-technical skills such as communication, conflict resolution, project management, and more through their coursework. Opportunities also abound for collaborations with our Biology and Chemistry Departments. Learn more here.

Undergraduate ProgramStudent Conducting Field Research

CERE's vibrant undergraduate Environmental Science program is designed to teach students to think like environmental scientists through intensive and immersive coursework and research. Environmental Science students participate in hands-on laboratories in biology, chemistry, and physics, before transitioning to environmental science lab work. Throughout their time at Duquesne, all students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with our modern research instrumentation, research sites, and with our award-winning faculty members. We maintain a strong sense of community within the Department by ensuring small class sizes and engaging students with faculty mentors. Learn more here.

Certificate Programs

CERE's Certificate Programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Management offer professional working knowledge of both topics. The program is offered in the evening and/or weekends to better serve to work environmental professionals or those looking to enter the field. Certificate Program students work alongside Environmental Science and Management graduate students on pressing issues such as environmental policy, sampling, ecology, and more.