Earth and Environmental Sciences, BS

Parent Entity: 
Science and Mathematics, College of » Earth and Environmental Sciences
Program Type: 
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Earth Sciences:

The Earth Sciences Concentration focuses on physical aspects of earth. This includes the processes that shape its surface (both land and water) and interior. This field is also known as geology. It focuses on current and past processes. Many professional earth scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments. Professional earth scientists also explore for new resources such as oil, gas, or minerals.

Environmental Sciences:

The Environmental Sciences Concentration focuses on the interactions of physical and biological processes. Students become confident in using both laboratory and field techniques. They also develop the ability to discuss environmental issues and policies with scientific and lay audiences. Courses in the concentration address complex environmental issues, such as water quality and the effects of climate change.  Many professional environmental scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments.

Environmental Health Sciences:

The Environmental Health Sciences Concentration is one of only 32 programs accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council. Courses provide students with the background and training needed to work in environmental quality management. It includes an internship within cooperating environmental health agencies or industries, which provides practical work experience. Many professional environmental health scientists work in public health and environmental protection agencies, analytical laboratories, health and safety programs in industries, as well as in natural resource management and environmental consulting.

Program Learning Outcomes:

The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program develops many skills:
  • solving problems using critical thinking
  • combining a range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) in creatively solving practical problems
  • collaborating to complete projects with others
  • interpreting various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text
  • presenting insights and information in writing and speaking


Career Opportunities:

The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program is designed for students planning careers in fields such as environmental consulting or resource exploration. Other careers include public service within local, state, or federal regulatory agencies (EPA, Ohio EPA, county Departments of Health). It is also a choice for students planning graduate study in earth and environmental sciences.

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