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.
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.
WHICH ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
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.