Geoscience (B.S.)

Geoscience (B.S.)

Who to Contact

Dept of Envionmental, Geographical and Geological Sciences
Michael Shepard, Chair
Cheryl Smith, Secretary
127 Hartline Science Center
400 East Second Street
Bloomsburg, PA 17815
Phone: 570-389-4108

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The Geoscience program at Bloomsburg offers four slightly different programs of study to meet the increasingly specialized needs and interests of students entering the field.

The primary goal of the faculty of the geology-earth science program is to provide students with a solid foundation in geology and/or the earth sciences. This is accomplished by balancing classroom studies, laboratory exercises and field experience with ancillary courses in chemistry, physics and mathematics.

The departmental program also supports the university's aim of providing a strong liberal arts background for our students. This integration of science and liberal arts successfully prepares graduates for entry-level employment in the earth science profession or for acceptance into highly competitive graduate programs in the geological sciences. In addition to the major in Earth Science, the program also offers an option in Environmental Science.

Earth Science

Your studies begin with courses in historical and physical geology, astronomy, meteorology, oceanography and earth materials. Then you'll work with your adviser to chooose courses from mineralogy, petrology, geomorphoology, remote sensing of the earch, synoptic meteorology, palentology, structureal geology, hydrology, aqueous geochemistry, stratigraphy and sedimentation, geophysics, research projects and internships in the field. You'll also be able to study at the Marine Science Center, Wallops Island, Va..

Earth Science majors take three courses in calculus, two in analysis and one in statistics, a minimum of two chemistry and two physics courses. Your adviser will guide you on general education requirements courses to select options that will fit best with your interests and career goals.

Environmental Science

Depending on your choices of electives, the environmental science option requires a specific set of classes in addition to general education requirements. You'll study environmental and physical geology, meteorology, oceanography, environmental issues and choices. Then you'll choose additional courses that can include earthmaterials, geomorphology, remote sensing of the earch, palentology, structural geology, aqueous geochemistry, stratification and sedimentation, groundwater hydrology, applied geophysics, an internship or marine science courses at Wallops Island, Va.

You'll also be able to choose from courses that include map skills, environmental conservation, water and land resources management, environmental valuation, geogrpahical information systems and techniques of geographic measurement.

You'll take two general biology courses and either general ecology or conservation biology, three chemistry courses and one physics course, plus two courses in mathematics from a list of several options.


Geology students study physical and historical geology, mineralogy, petrology, geomorphology, palentology, structural geology, stratigraphy and sedimentation, groundwater hydrology, aqueous chemistry or geophysics, applied geophysics, field techniques in earth science and do senior research projects.

They also take two mathematics courses, two chemistry courses, and two physics courses, then work with their adviser to select general education requirements courses and electives that suppor their intersests and career goals.

Planetary Science

As a planetary science student, you'll take courses in planetary science as well as physical and historical geology, meteorology, geomorphology, remote sensing of the earth, senior research, earth materials and petrology and several courses in calculus and statistics, chemistry, and physics. You'll work with your adviser to organize general education requirements and elective courses that support your interests and career objectives.