The Earth Sciences Concentration focuses on the physical aspects of the earth. This includes the processes that shape its surface (both land and water) and interior. This field is also known as geology. It focuses on current and past processes. Many professional earth scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments. Professional earth scientists also explore for new resources such as oil, gas, or minerals.
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers research and educational programs that focus on earth processes and complex ecosystems. We explore interactions among processes that involve the biosphere, lithosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere, fostering a cross-disciplinary perspective to meet the current and future challenges of resource development, conservation, and environmental health and quality.
Our academic programs include many unique course offerings and multiple research opportunities in both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Undergraduates can complete independent research and a senior thesis. Experiential learning is available through our working relationships with county boards of health, park districts, EPA offices, and local businesses. Students can also earn academic credit for undergraduate teaching assistant assignments. Our graduate programs include three master’s degree options—Master of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences (thesis and non-thesis) and the Earth Science Master of Teaching, an excellent professional development opportunity for teachers. Looking ahead, consider Wright State’s Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program, which includes many Earth and Environmental Sciences faculty members who also teach at the undergraduate and master’s degree levels.
Areas of Research
- Applied geophysics
- Complexity in earth processes
- Geologic-time understanding
- Geophysical data
- Geospatial analysis and remote sensing
- Groundwater flow processes
- Nitrogen cycling
- Reservoir modeling
- Science education standards
- Sedimentary Environments
- Seismic data
- Seismic geophysics
- Surface water hydrology
- Wetlands biogeochemistry
The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program develops many skills:
- Solving problems using critical thinking.
- Combining a range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology, and mathematics) in creatively solving practical problems.
- Collaborating to complete projects with others.
- Interpreting various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text.
- Presenting insights and information in writing and speaking.
The Earth & Environmental Sciences B.S. degree program is designed for students planning careers in fields such as environmental consulting or resource exploration. Other careers include public service within local, state, or federal regulatory agencies (EPA, Ohio EPA, county Departments of Health). It is also a choice for students planning graduate study in the earth and environmental sciences.