This major in environmental geological sciences focuses on the interactions between solid Earth and the atmosphere and hydrosphere, including ground water, soils, and climate. The BS program builds on a solid foundation in allied sciences and math and prepares students for graduate school and a variety of careers in the environmental and geological sciences, including environmental consulting and water resources.
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Gain experience in conducting original research, developing a hypothesis or research questions, predictions, data gathering and analysis, and literature review. Present analysis either orally or in a professionally written report
- Interpret representations of data (e.g. graphs, maps, cross-sections) including uncertainties, differentiate data from interpretation
- Apply quantitative reasoning skills to problems in environmental geology
- Become familiar with environmental policies and practices, e.g. responsible ways to recover, use, and conserve non-renewable geological resources; environmental hazard mitigation
- Demonstrate knowledge of core areas of environmental geology, e.g. processes and risks associated with natural and anthropogenic environmental hazards.