Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences

A Message From the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Earth, Environmental, and Geospatial Sciences! We love to study the Earth from different perspectives and hope that you will share our enthusiasm and passion. We are connected to our planet through a myriad of threads, so why not study them and make it a life-long journey?

In his magnificent poem, “Epithalamium”, Spanish poet Pablo Neruda wrote the following passage: “Our love was born outside the walls, in the wind, in the night, in the earth, and that's why the clay and the flower, the mud and the roots know your name.” In our department we do not typically express our relationship with the Earth through poetry, but instead we use science to establish our connection with coastlines, cities, soils, rocks, and all the natural and human features of our world.  We do this by closely observing these elements in the field, interpreting and creating maps, reading satellite images and digital data, and, in general, seeing how the Earth works.   

Our department offers a BA and Certificate in Earth Sciences; an MS, Certificate, and Advanced Certificate in Geographic Information Sciences; a BS and a BA in Environmental Science; and a BA in Geography. These programs provide diverse skills and knowledge for work in environmental consulting, earth science education, non-profit organizations, international development, urban and environmental planning agencies, local municipal, state, and federal departments of environmental protection and conservation, such as the United States Geological Survey, NOAA, NASA, EPA, and many other similar governmental agencies and private organizations. Our unique Geographic Information Sciences (GISc) program offers strong technical skills in analyzing and visualizing geographic information, with specializations in public health, urban and sustainability studies, and environmental analysis.

Students can also take advantage of Minors in Earth Science, GISc, Geography, and Environmental Science. These programs will enhance your selected degree in other disciplines. For example, a career in law or journalism can be augmented by a minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences, and lead you to environmental law practice or work in media, highlighting environmental challenges of our society. Moreover, technical skills in GISc will make you a star in any post-graduate research where there is a need for geographic data analysis. The interdisciplinary character of GISc makes it universally adaptable to a nearly limitless number of disciplines dealing with spatial geographic information.

Explore our web site, and please feel free to contact or visit us for additional information and advice!

- Dr. Yuri Gorokhovich, Department Chair

Last modified: Dec 16, 2014

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