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 10 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 10 years has nearly doubled and when surveyed, 98% of students rate their overall experience at PLE either good or excellent!

For 2018, 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 on car pool arrangements, 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