Welcome from our Director

Dr. Stolz in labDr. John F. Stolz
Director and Professor


"Looking to the future post COVID-19."



Welcome to the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) at Duquesne University. This past year, 2020, has been a challenge with the global Covid-19 pandemic. We've had to adjust to remote classes, social distancing, and wearing masks. But it has also been a time of renewed interest in environmental issues and social justice. The effects of climate change are reflected in the news feeds reporting on heatwaves, drought, and more intense storms and wildfires. Energy, more than ever, is a central environmental issue with the widespread development of unconventional shale gas and oil reserves and the expanding market for renewables. It is our mission at CERE to provide students with the education and hands-on experience to become leading environmental scholars and decision-makers and to conduct research that addresses these challenges.

CERE is committed to sustainability, embracing the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals, producing Duquesne University's annual STARS report and biennial Green House Gas Emissions Inventory. Our advisory board and alumni keep us informed of current and developing trends. The goal is to stay at the forefront of environmental education with our degrees and course offerings.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science provides the flexibility to customize your degree to focus on areas such as research (with thesis), sustainability, business, and pre-law. There are opportunities for research, internships, and study abroad as well as community engagement. Our student organizations include Evergreen, Ecology Club, and Pure Thirst. The accelerated dual degree program allows you to earn a master's degree in Environmental Science and Management in a fifth year.

Our traditional M.S. program in Environmental Science and Management (ESM) and the certificate programs in Environmental Science and Environmental Management have responded to the evolving regulatory environment and remain dedicated to compliance. Our students have done internships at the many companies (e.g., Covestro, Lanxess, Westinghouse, PPG, Alcoa, FedEx), environmental firms (CEC, RES, AECOM, Gailey Environmental), environmental organizations (Pennsylvania Environmental Council, Clean Water Action, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association, Clean Water Action) and institutions (Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium, National Aviary, Carnegie Museums, and Phipps Conservatory). CERE offers four different types of internship experiences: industry, agency, organization, and education. The record of success of post-graduation job placement is impressive.

The Conservation Biology track and the newly created Research track in the M.S. program allow students to pursue the thesis option. We have ongoing local projects at Wingfield Pines (abandoned mine remediation), Murphy's Bottom (conservation biology), the three rivers and Marcellus Shale (water quality), and international research in Limpopo Provence South Africa (water resources), Arusha Region Tanzania (water and sanitation), and Belize (conservation biology). More information on the research opportunities can be found on the Faculty Research page.

As we look ahead to the next decade, it may be hard to predict what the top environmental priorities will be. One thing is for sure, we at CERE will continue our commitment to providing the best possible education and opportunities for our students.