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Explore the environment
Immerse yourself in the environment and what's all around us—water, rocks, air and soil.
We're in the perfect location to explore your interests—just a stone's throw from the Susquehanna River and surrounded by waterways, wetlands, fields and farmland.
You'll get plenty of hands-on experience in the field and lab. Sample stream sediments, and study water chemistry in local streams. Explore what's underground using geophysical sensors, monitor air quality and weather, and use sophisticated computer programs to analyze data.
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? There are plenty of opportunities to make a difference-work at our campus garden, live in our Sustainability House, or join a student group like S.A.V.E. or the Beekeepers Club.
Immediately employable graduates
We'll give you a broad background in geology, hydrology, meteorology and soil science, plus a solid knowledge of science fundamentals. 88 percent of our graduates from 2012-16 are working directly in the environmental field or studying earth/environmental science in graduate school.
You'll be able go right into your career or enroll in a graduate program in the sciences.
Recent graduates are earning master's degrees in geophysics, geoenvironmental studies, environmental science, environmental management, water resources and environmental engineering, hydrology, engineering, biology, hydrogeology, environmental law and policy, environmental chemistry, applied geosciences and oceanography.
They've become environmental consultants, wetland scientists, naturalists and environmental specialists in a variety of fields.
Recent graduates are employed at:
Liberty Environmental (environmental consulting)
Geisinger Health System (GIS)
Chesapeake Energy (environmental/regulatory technician)
Stericycle Environmental Solutions (remediation technician)
Terracon Consulting Engineers and Scientists (environmental consulting)
Tetra Tech NUS (geoscientist)
Trees for Tomorrow (outdoor education)
McTish, Kunkel, & Associates (environmental consulting)
Hinman, Howard & Kattel, LLP (environmental law)
Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants (environmental consulting)
Earth Engineering (field geologist)
Delmarva Power (environmental scientist)
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference (mapping)
Lehigh Valley Zoo (environmental educator)
Chesapeake Environmental Management (project scientist)
Advantage Engineers (environmental consulting)
Florida Museum of Natural History (research and collections)
Michael Baker, Jr. Inc. (GIS)
Perna Wastewater Management (soils/wastewater consulting)
Groundwater and Environmental Services (environmental consulting)
US Filter Groundwater Services (field technician)
The Urban Farming Guys (food justice)
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (water quality specialist)
Testwell Laboratories, Inc. (geophysicist)
Advanced Land and Water, Inc. (hydrogeology consultant)
Soil Mechanics Environmental Services (hydrology consultant)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (wetlands enforcement)
GEI Consultants, Inc. (environmental consultant)
Maryland Geological Survey (coastal/estuarine geologist)
Clean Harbors Environmental Services (chemist)
NJ Watershed Ambassadors Program (water quality)
Laurel Environmental Associates (environmental consulting)
Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (hydrology)
University of Calgary (geophysics)
Lehigh University (energy systems engineering)
Vanderbilt University (hydrology and geomorphology)
Rice University (planetary geophysics)
University of Buffalo (secondary education)
Dartmouth University (Arctic climate change)
Bucknell University (environmental engineering)
University of Idaho (outdoor science education)
Evergreen State University (environmental studies)
Bard College (Center for Environmental Policy Masters International with Peace Corps)
Colorado State University (atmospheric science)
University of North Carolina at Raleigh (soils/wetlands)
Villanova (environmental engineering)
Widener University Law School (environmental law)
Vermont Law (environmental law)
Lehigh University (environmental management)
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.
Double-counting restriction: students in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.
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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|
8 Electives (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|
20 Corollary Courses
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-112)
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.
Minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The minor requires 20 semester hours, with grades of C- or better, from among the courses in the major. No more than 8 SH in 100-level EENV courses may be applied toward the minor.
Double-counting restriction: students may double-count a maximum of 8 semester hours toward another major or minor.
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.