Environmental Geosciences

Environmental Geoscience (B.S.)


Environmental geoscience is a huge field, and the options for a person with this degree are equally broad.

 

Stewards of the Earth

As the Earth's population approaches 8 billion, we are seeing the strain put on its resources - land, soil, and especially water. It is imperative that we monitor their use, develop methods to better conserve them, and clean areas previously polluted. This is what environmental scientists do — they are stewards of the Earth.

Many graduates work in government in advisory or regulatory roles, others in industry to reduce or mitigate waste and monitor industrial emissions and pollution. They may work in an office, a laboratory, or out in the field, or some combination of all three. Environmental geosciences focus on two major areas of environmental science that overlap the geosciences — water and soil.

Soil or water?

The EGGS department is well known for our expertise in soil and water. We have introductory and advanced courses in soils, and you can join our nationally competitive Soil Judging Team to get even more experience.

We have field-based courses in surface water hydrology, groundwater hydrology, and wetlands ecology, and two of our faculty are heavily involved in local watershed groups (one is a group president). Both soil science and hydrology have professional certifications that can make you competitive when looking for your first job. We've laid out the course work you need to sit for the exams as seniors.

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Why Bloomsburg?

Two Reasons

  • We are personal — All of your classes, labs, and field experiences will be taught by professors — not graduate students. We are accessible. We know all of our majors and we want to help you maximize your potential. If you are willing to put in the hard work, we will help you achieve great things.
  • Cost — If you attend a larger state school (Penn State, Temple, Pitt) or private with a graduate program in environmental science, you will pay tens of thousands of dollars more for your undergraduate degree. Compare the costs for in-state residents in 2018: a year at Bloomsburg costs $23,406; Penn State (main campus) costs $35,758; Pitt costs $32,782, and Temple costs $33,048 (www.collegesimply.com).

In four years, you will have saved between $37,500 and $49,400 by attending BU — enough to cover an entire year of graduate school. Some master's programs are only a year long, so by choosing BU, you essentially get your B.S. and M.S. for the same price as a bachelor's degree only at other schools.

How much can you make?

The first priority for anyone choosing a career is whether you will enjoy it, but career prospects and potential salary are probably close seconds! There is every indication that the U.S. (and the world in general) will need people educated in the environmental sciences for decades to come. Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that environmental sciences (including all of those mentioned the above) had a 2016 median pay of $68,910 per year, and they project that the job outlook for 2016-26 will be excellent — 11 percent growth (faster than average).

 

Soil Judging Team

Soil Judging Team competes on national level

Matthew Ricker has quickly made a name for himself in his short time at Bloomsburg University. The young assistant professor’s passion for soil science has become rather contagious among students in the Department of Environmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences, and his talents of soil ribboning have reached legendary status.

“We need about 15 percent of clay to get a decent ribbon as students, but he can work with under 10 percent,” says Ryan Sullivan, a geology major and member of BU’s Soil Judging Team originated by Ricker three years ago. “He can ribbon anything. If it was straight sand he could probably work a little ribbon on that.”