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

Professor Tracks History Through Earth’s ‘Rock Record’

Jennifer Elick was always interested in nature, but as a student didn’t know how to explore that interest as a field of study. The one-time freelance photojournalist entered college as a journalism major and soon discovered that geology combined all of her interests. 

Salt: Good for Roads, Bad for Ecosystems?

Pennsylvania’s Department of Transportation applies millions of gallons of salt-based brine and many tons of rock salt to the state’s roadways. But what effect do these road treatments have on the state’s waterways? Matt Wilson, director of Susquehanna’s Freshwater Research Institute, said the impact is dramatic and concerning.


    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

Labs & Research


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Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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Katherine Straub, dean of the School of Natural
and Social Sciences