New Environmental Program Will Connect Thiel Graduates with Opportunities


Thiel College’s new environmental safety management major is the only program in Pennsylvania with an emphasis on environmental science as an essential component of the educational foundation. Graduates from this new program will find a fertile job market as Ohio and Pennsylvania are among the top five states for career growth for environmental safety professionals, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau also forecasts impressive median salaries for environmental safety professionals with positions that have median salaries that range from $50,000 to $80,000.

“Thiel College has always been unique as an institution that combines the liberal arts and professional preparation. We believe this degree embodies that spirit and is the start of moving Thiel towards its next 100 years,” said Mark Marmo, president and CEO of suburban Pittsburgh-based Deep Well Services and a 1993 graduate of Thiel College. “Western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio are experiencing an industrial transformation. This degree puts Thiel at the forefront of environmental safety management and will give our graduates high earning and career growth potential regardless of the industry they choose to work in.”

Joining this one-of-a-kind major are new programs in exercise science, health systems and sports management.

Thiel College is a renowned and respected private residential liberal arts, professional studies and sciences college located in the heart of scenic northwest Pennsylvania. Founded in 1866 as a coeducational institution with roots in the Lutheran tradition, the College is committed to connecting a diverse and inclusive community with a quality and personalized learning experience. It’s this distinct combination of exceptional faculty, signature programs (academic, athletic and career), a historic campus and modern facilities that drives the return on investment Thiel graduates receive. The Thiel College campus is a community where students feel like they belong, where they are connected to the resources to be successful and where they can become their best.

Thiel College is a bold and energetic institution where motivated students connect with:

  • transformative opportunities through experiential learning and marquee programs such as accounting, education and neuroscience departments

  • engaged faculty who love to teach and want students to succeed

  • a caring and inclusive community that fosters personal relationships

  • loyal graduates who were recognized for the generosity of their time and resources by Forbes magazine.

Modern Facilities

The new Haer Family Science and Arts Connector is named for alumni Fred Haer ’66 and his wife, Jill (Shackett) ’66. Their commitment to connecting science and the liberal arts was the vision that brought the building to fruition. The Haer Family Science and Arts Connector includes new classroom, collaborative, lab and meeting spaces. Students have access to modern research equipment in the new facility. The new building is one of the most popular destinations on campus for faculty, staff and students. The new track & field complex features a grass infield that increases student intramural and recreational opportunities. Since 2014, the College has added more than 100,000 square feet of academic, athletic and recreational space. The state-of-the-art James Pedas Communication Center has the distinction of being Thiel’s first green certified building. The Communication Center is home to classrooms, collaborative space, advanced television and radio studios, and a 24-hour computer lab. Students of all majors use the communication tools in the Pedas Center as they take courses designed to teach them how to communicate in the 21st century.

Quality Academics

The new programs and the building and facility upgrades are just two reasons for excitement on campus. The College has new and outstanding athletic and student-life programs, too. The College also has a new equine studies minor supplementing the more than 60 outstanding major and minor programs. Those programs were among the reasons Thiel was named a College of Distinction and the Education and Business Administration and Accounting departments were chosen as programs of distinction.

And while those programs were singled out, excellence and successful outcomes are the hallmarks of every graduating class. More than 94 percent of the Class of 2017 reports being employed or in graduate school.

Connected to Thiel

Thiel College is, by design, large enough to deliver a diverse and inclusive learning environment that ensures educational excellence, stimulates global awareness and promotes ethical leadership through an intimate academic experience that encourages creative thinking and analytical problem-solving.

From Day 1, Thiel students are connected with many of the important campus resources they need to be successful. The Career Development Center develops a personalized plan for students that tracks through graduation and beyond and students immediately become connected to the College’s 15,000+ member Thiel alumni network.

Contact Thiel at 75 College Avenue, Greenville, Pennsylvania 16125. Visit thiel.edu or call 1-800-24-THIEL.