The Department of Earth and Environmental Science offers 6 major pathways to target students' learning and skill development: 4 concentrations in BS in Environmental Science, and BS and BA in Geology. Progress through these majors start with a common set of core courses including math, physics, chemistry and earth systems. Then, students can focus their work on topics critical to our society and understanding of Earth.
Environmental Science (BS)
This degree prepares students to understand a wide range of pressing environmental issues, and they will come to appreciate the physical, economic, political, demographic, and ethical factors that define those issues. Employment opportunities include government environmental agencies, citizens' organizations, consulting firms, and corporate environmental affairs departments. Students can choose from 4 concentrations: Applied Ecology; Climate; Environmental Geochemistry; or Hydrology.
The BS in Geology prepares students for immediate entry into a career in geology or for graduate studies. Career opportunities for geologists in industry and government include environmental planning, evaluation of waste disposal sites, groundwater monitoring, and exploration for natural resources. The BS program is excellent preparation for a career in research, teaching, industry, or government.
The BA in Geology is not intended for prospective geologists, but for liberal arts students who wish to concentrate in geology. The BA program is suitable for pre-medicine or pre-law students, or for students planning to teach earth science in secondary school.
MINORS & CERTIFICATES
The department also offers minor and certificate programs to strengthen the education of other majors or develop job-specific credentials.
Students can get a minor in Geology by taking 7 classes, at least 3 of which cannot overlap with their chosen major.
Environmental Professional Training Certificate
Prepare for a career in environmental consulting. Learn current field methods, regulations and certification requirements.