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.

Recent graduates are employed at:

Advanced Land and Water, Inc. (hydrogeology consultant) 
Advantage Engineers (environmental consulting) 
Arcadis (field technician)
Bingaman & Sons Lumber (environmental health and safety)
Chesapeake Energy (environmental/regulatory technician)
Chesapeake Environmental Management (project scientist) 
Clean Harbors Environmental Services (chemist)
Delmarva Power (environmental scientist)
Earth Engineering (field geologist) 
EnviroServe (waste management project manager)
GEI Consultants, Inc. (environmental consultant) 
Groundwater and Environmental Services (environmental consulting) 
Langan Engineering and Environmental Services (environmental consulting)
Laurel Environmental Associates (environmental consulting)
Liberty Environmental (environmental consulting)
Maryland Geological Survey (coastal/estuarine geologist) 
McTish, Kunkel, & Associates (environmental consulting) 
Michael Baker, Jr. Inc. (GIS) 
Moody & Associates (environmental/geologic technician)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (environmental services)
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (wetlands enforcement) 
New York - New Jersey Trail Conference (mapping) 
Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (water quality specialist) 
Perna Wastewater Management (soils/wastewater consulting) 
Soil Mechanics Environmental Services (hydrology consultant) 
Stericycle Environmental Solutions (remediation technician) 
T&M Associates (environmental consulting)
Tectonic Engineering & Surveying Consultants (environmental consulting) 
Terracon Consulting Engineers and Scientists (environmental consulting) 
Testwell Laboratories, Inc. (geophysicist) 
Tetra Tech NUS (geoscientist) 
Trees for Tomorrow (outdoor education)
US Filter Groundwater Services (field technician)

Recent graduates have enrolled in programs at:

Bard College (Center for Environmental Policy Masters International with Peace Corps) 
Bucknell University (environmental engineering) 
Clemson University (hydrogeology)
Colorado State University (atmospheric science)
Dartmouth University (Arctic climate change) 
Evergreen State University (environmental studies) 
Lehigh University (energy systems engineering) 
Lehigh University (environmental management)
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (hydrology)
Rice University (planetary geophysics) 
Shippensburg University (geoenvironmental studies)
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry (environmental chemistry)
University of Buffalo (earth science secondary education)
University of Buffalo (secondary education) 
University of Calgary (geophysics) 
University of Idaho (outdoor science education) 
University of New Hampshire (oceanography)
University of North Carolina at Raleigh (soils/wetlands)
University of Pennsylvania (geohydrology)
Vanderbilt University (hydrology and geomorphology) 
Vermont Law (environmental law) 
Villanova (environmental engineering) 
Widener University Law School (environmental law) 

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.

Semester Hours View Full Course Catalog >>

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)

Water Distribution

EENV-380 Wetlands Analysis
EENV-420 Groundwater Hydrology

Geology Distribution

EENV-283 Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
EENV-313 The Susquehanna River

Surface Distribution

EENV-370 Environmental Geophysics
EENV-383 Soil Science

Climate/Energy Distribution

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

        BIOL-408 Aquatic Ecology and BIOL-409 Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

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-232)

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.

Kathy Straub, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Professor Earth & Environmental Science

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

Jennifer Mary Elick, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Ahmed Lachhab, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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

Dan Ressler, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences


Derek J. Straub, Ph.D.

Department: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Associate Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences

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

Audrey K Eroh

Department: Provost
Academic Assistant


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.

Help Make The Susquehanna River Cleaner

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.


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Selinsgrove, Pa. 17870

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