Our earth and environmental sciences program links the study of hydrology, geology, meteorology and soil science—water, rocks, air and soil—to explore how Earth’s systems work and how humans impact those systems.

Earth and environmental science graduates go on to successful careers as environmental consultants, wetland scientists, mapping specialists and more. They also earn graduate degrees in a range of subjects.

You can also choose to study ecology—which examines the interactions between all living things and the nonliving environment—or pursue environmental studies, which incorporates science, law and policy to look at pressing environmental issues.

Unearth Valuable Career Skills

Many of our earth and environmental sciences graduates secure immediate employment in environmental consulting, putting the field and lab skills they gained at Susquehanna directly to work.

We’re in the perfect location to study the environment — just a stone’s throw from the Susquehanna River and surrounded by waterways, wetlands, fields and farmland.

You gain plenty of hands-on experience in the field and lab examining human impact on water, rocks, air and soil systems. We have a cutting-edge, green facility with 19 labs and a rooftop greenhouse. Our state-of-the-art freshwater research laboratory and 87-acre environmental field station are right on campus.

Interested in sustainable living? You have plenty of opportunities to make a difference — work at our campus garden, live in our Sustainability House, or join a sustainability working group or our Beekeepers Club.

Our interdisciplinary minors, like ecology, help you gain a better understanding of important topics in today’s world.

With a broad background in geology, hydrology, meteorology and soil science and a solid knowledge of science fundamentals, you’ll be prepared to begin your career or enroll in a graduate program in the sciences.

The most sought-after candidates for jobs and professional schools excel at writing, teamwork, presentation delivery, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership. Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you’ll develop all of these essential skills.

Recent graduates are earning master’s degrees in hydrology, environmental chemistry, environmental science, geophysics and more.

You can become an environmental consultant, wetland scientist, naturalist or an environmental specialist in a variety of fields.


Earth and environmental sciences, environmental studies, ecology … they sound remarkably similar. How do you decide which one is right for you? Here’s your cheat sheet on these three fields.

  • Earth and environmental sciences studies the nonliving components of our environment and how they impact living things. Think of it as the study of water, rocks, air and soil.
  • Ecology examines the intersections between all living things and the nonliving environment. Unlike earth and environmental sciences, the primary focus is living organisms.
  • Environmental studies is the major for you if you want to advocate for the environment or work for a nonprofit or non-governmental organization (NGO). This program incorporates science, law and policy to look at pressing environmental issues.

Our Faculty

Christopher Bailey

Assistant Vice President for Facilities & Campus Safety

Email Address baileycj@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4149

Audrey Eroh

Academic Assistant

Email Address eroh@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4211

Ahmed Lachhab

Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address lachhab@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4215

Daniel Ressler

Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address resslerd@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4216

Derek Straub

Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address straubd@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4767

Matthew Wilson

Freshwater Research Initiative Research Scientist

Email Address wilsonmatt@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4722

Jennifer Elick

Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Email Address elick@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4214

Thomas Foley

Adjunct Faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Email Address foleyt@susqu.edu

Matthew Persons

Professor of Biology

Email Address persons@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4526

Tyler Shields

Adjunct Faculty in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Email Address shields@susqu.edu

Katherine Straub

Professor Earth & Environmental Science

Email Address straubk@susqu.edu
Phone Number 570-372-4318


Many of our students are involved with the Freshwater Research Institute, which includes a dedicated laboratory and state-of-the-art equipment for river research.


A group of earth & environmental sciences students took a spring break trip of a lifetime to Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas.

“Each student was lucky enough to bring home a sentimental mineral/rock or a souvenir,” says Zach Groce ’19, who helped organize the eight-day, 2,800-mile trip. “Unfortunately, none of us returned with a diamond, but we did receive a great learning experience and made some great friends.”

After camping their way to Arkansas, students rented sieves and pans at the state park. “Thanks to Dr. Elick, our trip advisor, each student was able to experience real Tennessee BBQ and gain a further understanding of geological, fossil and even some historical sites,” Groce adds.

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Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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