Programs of Study
The School of Earth, Environment and Society offers innovative teaching and research programs in Geology, Geography, and Environmental Studies. Each of these areas is affiliated with other departments and centers across campus and the region where faculty and students have opportunities to share a wide range of interests in studying the earth, its environment and people’s interaction with it. The strategic and leading role of the School is to maintain and enhance strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, to promote the University’s national and international profile and to establish collaborative links with industry and entrepreneurs engaged in progressive sustainable initiatives.
Geospatial Science and Environmental Quality are strong interdisciplinary programs of the School that are supported by the following disciplines and which represent major research and teaching areas:
Environmental Policy and Analysis
Environmental Policy and Analysis promotes awareness of environmental problems such as climate change, sustainable development, and natural disasters. It brings together a unique mixture of skills and expertise to understand environmental factors through pragmatic policy solutions through administrative, legislative, and organizational viewpoints.
Environmental Science facilitates a university-wide focus on the environment by supporting interdisciplinary approaches among faculty and students engaged in biological, chemical and physical sciences. Environmental Science encompasses important issues such as pollution and degradation of the environment related to human activities and impacts on biodiversity and sustainability. This multidisciplinary field has become increasingly important and continues to flourish as public awareness grows about the need for action in addressing environmental problems.
Geography overlaps various disciplines and explores relationships among humans, society, places, and the environment. The features and characteristics of the earth is the domain of the physical geographers, which includes fields such as weather and climate variations, landform formation, plant and animal distributions. Also, cultural geographers deal with specialties such as spatial variations among cultural groups, religions, languages, economies, governments, and other cultural convergence or differentiation issues that exist through space or time. The new frontier in Geography is computerized mapping and data analysis known as Geographic Information Science (GIScience), which adds significant weight to the interdisciplinary nature of this field.
Geology provides an understanding of the history and processes that have shaped our planet through its 4.5 billion years. Geologists study the earth from its surface through its crust and deep into its mantle, focusing on outcroppings of rocks, cataclysmic earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, mountain and glacial processes, river flows and deposition of sediments, and many other areas of life from prehistoric times to today. Current geology trends feature the study of global environmental changes and consider the earth in a broad context that integrates atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere using geospatial sciences and multidisciplinary views.
The School offers a wide range of courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level across the disciplines described above. Our faculty and students represent diverse backgrounds and perspectives on these areas of study. We welcome applications for programs of study from both domestic and international students who are interested in discipline-specific or interdisciplinary studies.
- Bachelor of Arts – Environmental Policy and Analysis, Geography, Geology
- Bachelor of Science – Environmental Science, Geology
- Master of Science – Geology
- Geospatial Technology Graduate Certificate – School