Courses at PLE

Course Schedule

Course Instructors

Admissions & Tuition

Life at PLE

"It's the best way to get 3 or 4 credits in only 3 weeks"

- PLE student evaluation

The Pymatuning Lab of Ecology (PLE) offers its courses to a consortium of regional universities to serve as a source of biological field courses for the entire region. While PLE is operated by the University of Pittsburgh's main campus, the educational consortium has grown over the past 9 years to include Pitt-Bradford, Pitt-Greensburg, Pitt-Johnstown, Pitt-Titusville, Clarion University, Edinboro University, Indiana University, Slippery Rock University, and Chatham University.

Over the past 9 years, we have also made tremendous efforts to improve the quality of the courses, residences, and catered food. Students have responded strongly to these improvements. Enrollment during the past 9 years has nearly doubled and when surveyed, 98% of students rate their overall experience at PLE either good or excellent!

For 2017, we have assembled another impressive collection of high-quality courses. By enrolling in several courses, we guarantee that you will satisfy your hunger for field experience, improve your resume, meet requirements for your major, and interact with a diverse array of teaching and research faculty.


Don't have a car to get to PLE?  Don't worry!  Students from Pitt attending the summer courses will receive an e-mail to help arrange car pooling among students. For more information, please contact Christine Berliner at the BioSci Advising Office.

Click on the links below to learn more about:

     Course schedule

     Course instructors

     Admissions, tuition, fees, and scholarships

     Undergraduate life at PLE, including arrival information