- Understand the scientific method and how it is applied in the context of a discipline.
- Understand the earth system, the connections between abiotic and biotic systems, and the effect of the human society on the natural system. Understand the historical context of environmental awareness.
- Application of classification systems: vocabulary, observation and categorization.
- Scale interaction within space and time on earth science processes and outcomes.
- Geographic relationships of Earth, science processes, landforms and materials and comprehension of methods to relate these relationships.
- Data, plot and map interpretation and construction.
- Discipline-appropriate methods for observation, classification, characterization and description using relevant technologies and telemetries.
- Development of discipline-appropriate synthesis of readings, laboratory work and course material to produce original scientific understanding.
Students in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.
Requirements for the Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences
All majors must complete the department foundation courses, a choice of distribution courses, and the corollary science and mathematics courses listed below. To satisfy degree requirements, courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences must be completed with grades of C- or higher. Students who change majors after completing EENV-102, EENV-103, EENV- 104, EENV-105 or EENV-213 may substitute that course in place of EENV-101 in the introductory sequence.
16 Department Introductory Sequence
4 EENV-101 Environmental Science
4 EENV-113 Geology and the Environment
4 EENV-220 Water Resources
4 EENV-240 Introduction to Meteorology
12 Distribution Requirements: one course each from 3 of the following 4 categories
EENV-380 Wetlands Analysis
EENV-420 Groundwater Hydrology
EENV-313 The Susquehanna River
EENV-370 Environmental Geophysics
EENV-383 Soil Science
EENV-242 Climate and Global Change
EENV-332 Sustainable Energy Resources
Choose 8 SH from additional courses in the distribution list above or the following elective courses:)
4 ECOL-201 Ecosystems
4 EENV-250 Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences
4 EENV-360 Geographic Information Systems
4 EENV-373 Air Quality
4 EENV-430 Chemistry of Natural Waters
4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I
4 BIOL-408 Aquatic Ecology and BIOL-409 Aquatic Ecology Laboratory
20 Corollary Courses
Choose two of the following four courses for 8 SH:
MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics
MATH-111 Calculus I
MATH-112 Calculus II or MATH-201 Linear Algebra
4 General Chemistry I (Choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111)
4 General Chemistry II (Choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232)
4 Introductory Physics I (Choose from: PHYS-202, PHYS-203 or PHYS-204)
4 Senior Research: EENV-510 Senior Project I
4 Capstone Experience:
EENV-511 Senior Project II
or 4 SH from an approved Capstone experience in another department
For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in the major, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department uses all of the major courses with the EENV prefix.
Students may double-count a maximum of 8 semester hours toward another major or minor.
Honors in Earth and Environmental Sciences
The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes superior academic performance in earth and environmental sciences. To graduate with departmental honors, earth and environmental sciences majors must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.50 in Earth and Environmental Science courses;
- Earn a score of 75% or higher on the department comprehensive exam;
- Earn an A- or higher in both EENV-510 and EENV-511; and
- Pass an oral comprehensive examination of their thesis in their final semester.