Undergraduate Programs and Courses
The Department of Geosciences offers a wide variety of courses and degree options to meet the needs of our students. Our degree programs are specially designed to provide our students with the necessary foundation to compete well in today's job market, or to pursue graduate studies. Our graduates typically pursue careers working with state and federal government agencies, the oil and gas industry, and as area specialists, cartographers / GIS specialists, environmental managers, conservation agents, environmental consultants, and urban and community planners. Our graduates who decide to pursue graduate degrees have enjoyed tremendous success at securing paid teaching and research assistantships at schools such as the University of Montana, the University of Florida, Bowling Green University, the University of Delaware, North Carolina State University, and the University of Hawaii.
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Geography is the study of place in the same way that history is the study of time. Geographers look at the ways that phenomena are distributed in different locations, the ways they are connected, and the ways they combine to make individual places unique. The things geographers study are diverse, from climate and landforms to cultural and economic patterns. Geography is both a natural science and a social science, and geographers look for interactions between the physical environment and the human use of the earth. For this reason geography is also very much involved with environmental studies, including resource management and planning.
Geography at Edinboro encompasses a range of courses in regional and topical specialties that lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography. Students choose to either pursue a traditional geography degree or concentrate in either environmental studies or urban / regional planning. All three options provide a solid background in the principles of geography and expertise in either regional studies, environmental studies, or planning. The traditional geography program allows you to choose from such regional courses and topical specialties as Africa, the Middle East, physical geography, economic geography and political geography. The environmental studies concentration gives students a natural science background as well as an understanding of social issues involved in environmental management. Lastly, the planning concentration prepares students for future employment in the government sectors, the private sector, and by non government organizations (NGOs). Urban and regional planners develop short and long term plans for the use of land and the growth and revitalization of urban and rural communities. All three of these options also introduce you to techniques and tools of analysis such as field research, cartography, spatial analysis, and computerized geographic information systems (GIS).
Geography, environmental studies, and planning are good bases for a wide range of careers and for further graduate study. Our graduates typically pursue careers working with state and federal government agencies, as area specialists, cartographers / GIS specialists, environmental managers, conservation agents, environmental consultants, or urban and community planners.Geography and environmental studies are also good preparation for graduate study in a variety of fields such as law, business management, resource planning, and many different types of international careers.
The earth is a dynamic planet which provides us with the energy and raw materials necessary for modern life. The earth is also a fragile planet whose delicate environmental balance may be easily upset. Geologists study the earth, its composition, history, and dynamic systems, in an effort to ensure the rapidly growing human population with adequate supplies of natural resources to maintain the delicate balance of its environment.
The Department of Geosciences at Edinboro University offers a broad range of earth science courses leading to either a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in the earth sciences. The Bachelor of Science degree in Geology prepares the student for a professional career in geology, or for postgraduate work at a major research university. Students may chose to pursue a tradional Geology degree or concentrate in Environmental Geology. The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences provides a broad based exposure to the earth sciences with fewer related requirements in math and science.
Bachelor of Science, Geology with Concentration in Environmental Geology
Geology and environmental science are good bases for a wide range of careers and for further study at the graduate level. Dwindling resources and mounting pollution problems mean that the nation will continue to need geologists and environmental scientists. Many geologists and environmental scientists work for federal, state, or local governments. Most federal jobs are available in the Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency. Most other geologists work for private industry, with petroleum and mining companies, or work in private consulting. Consultants work closely with industry, local governments, and private citizens, often concerning matters of water availability and water quality.