Student clubs and activities, field trips, events, seminars and study abroad programs all build on the strong foundation you gain in classes and labs.

Visit the places where science history is made. Hear from industry experts on the latest breakthroughs. Explore a new culture in GO programs designed specifically for students in the sciences. What you learn beyond our classrooms will help you fully become the scientist you want to be.

Internships & Research

Independent Study Allowed Grad to Help with Sustainability Initiative

When Heather Pearson’s senior capstone course was canceled for the semester, one of her professors Kathy Straub, professor of earth & environmental sciences, suggested she take an independent study instead.

Environmental Internship Turns into Dream Job

For Dina Palazzolo ’15, working with the environment was a dream that started at a young age.


    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.


    Sometimes the best lessons occur outside the classroom. That’s why we provide students with ample opportunities to explore the natural world coast-to-coast, comparing and contrasting ecosystems in places as diverse as Death Valley, Calif., and Sandy Hook State Park on the shores of New Jersey.

    Students also present original research at regional and national meetings, like:

    • National Conference on Undergraduate Research
    • Pennsylvania Academy of Science
    • Geological Society of America

Student Organizations

  • Community Food Action Team
  • Geo Club
  • Outdoors Club
  • S.A.V.E.
  • Sigma Gamma Epsilon National Honor Society for Earth Sciences

Contact Us

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

514 University Ave.
Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Phone & Email

Kathy Straub, department head