Earth and Environmental Studies

Chairperson: Stefanie Brachfeld

The department offers a major in geography, a major in earth and environmental science, a major in earth and environmental science with earth science teacher certification, a major in sustainability science, and minors in earth and environmental science, geographic information science and urban studies.

The geography major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. The teaching emphasis in geography is on the formulation of concepts and theory, analysis of environmental and census data, data presentation techniques, interrelationships between human and natural elements, locational analysis and environmental and urban problem solving. Students may specialize in environmental studies, urban studies or geography and regional analysis by selecting appropriate elective courses. All specializations are applied in their nature and lead to careers in fields such as environmental management, city and regional planning, community development, economic development, transportation planning and real estate development. An important feature of the geography major is a recommended full semester, off-campus internship that enables students to work in public and private agencies.

The earth and environmental science and sustainability science majors lead to a Bachelor of Science degree. Earth and environmental science includes the study of earth materials, earth processes and earth history as well as the study of the earth's oceans and atmosphere. Students in the earth and environmental science major are prepared for careers as professional geologists working for environmental planning and remediation companies, mining and petroleum industries, government agencies and civil engineering and construction companies. The earth and environmental science major also prepares students for graduate study in the geological sciences and related specialties. Nearly all courses taken within the earth and environmental science major include laboratory and off-campus field studies.

Earth Science teaching certification is available for majors who also complete the professional teaching sequence.  Minors in earth and environmental science, geographic information science, and urban studies are also available.