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Environmental Earth Science Major

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Why Study Environmental Earth Science?

Global concerns about resource availability, natural disaster impacts, environmental change and sustainable development have propelled Environmental Earth Science to the forefront in the 21st century. Employment in the field is projected to grow faster than average from 2016-26 — between 10-14 percent. Environmental Earth Science (EES) is an interdisciplinary field of study that combines pure and applied science with modern technologies and research methods.

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Why Study Environmental Earth Science at Eastern?

Environmental Earth Science (EES) students at Eastern receive a broad education in environmental earth science with a strong foundation in geoscience, using classroom, laboratory and field-based learning. The curriculum stresses the materials, processes, and features of the Earth, Earth history and the ways in which earth scientists address scientific, societal and environmental problems. Student pick from three concentrations in Environmental Earth Science, General Earth Science or Sustainable Energy Science. A minor is also available to students in other majors.

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Concentrations

  • Environmental Earth Science (EES) students at Eastern receive a broad education in environmental earth science with a strong foundation in geoscience, using classroom, laboratory and field-based learning. The curriculum stresses the materials, processes, and features of the Earth, Earth history and the ways in which earth scientists address scientific, societal and environmental problems. Student pick from three concentrations in Environmental Earth Science, General Earth Science or Sustainable Energy Science. A minor is also available to students in other majors.

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  • Students in the General Earth Science concentration in the Environmental Earth Science major perform formal coursework, independent studies and internships that integrate field, laboratory, technical writing and computer skills to investigate environmental problems.

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  • The Sustainable Energy Science concentration in the Environmental Earth Science major teaches the impact of energy consumption on humans and the natural environment and the application of renewable energy to address these problems. Students integrate field, laboratory, technical writing and computer skills in the investigation of energy resources and the application of energy science.

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Salary Potential

$68,910

Median annual salary

$41K-$120K

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Hands-on Learning

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Research

Students have laboratory experiences in Sedimentology, Geomorphology, Petrology, Structural Geology, Field Methods, Hydrology, GIS and Sustainable Energy, and present their findings at local, regional and national research conferences.

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Internships

Eastern’s Institute for Sustainable Energy offers credit and paid internships for Environmental Earth Science students. Other internship opportunities are available through Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and regional geo-environmental firms.

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Field Trips

The EES Department frequently offers field trips to locations such as Iceland, Arizona and Wyoming/Idaho.

Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in Environmental Earth Science can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Energy Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist or Technician
  • Geologist
  • Geo-environmental Laboratory Technician
  • GIS Analyst
  • Hazardous Waste Specialist/Manager
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Land/Marine Surveyor
  • Physical Science Educator
  • Resource Exploration Geoscientist

Successful Alumni

Recent Eastern students who earned a bachelor’s degree or a minor in Environmental Earth Science are at the following companies and professional/graduate schools:

  • Geo-Environmental Firms (e.g. Fuss & O’Neill)
  • Energy and consulting firms (e.g. Eversource)
  • S. Geological Survey
  • Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Wyoming
  • University of California at Santa Cruz
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Rhode Island
  • University of Connecticut
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For more information


cunninghamw@easternct.edu
(860) 465-4321

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Alumni Testimonials

Timothy Bugden ’14
Hydrologic Modeling

Timothy Bugden ’14

Environmental Earth Science major Timothy Bugden recently concluded a graduate program in hydrologic modeling at the University of Connecticut. “Eastern was nothing short of extraordinary. I flourished under the instruction of exceptionally motivated professors and enjoyed the camaraderie of my fellow EES students. I shudder to think of the opportunities I would have missed had I not enrolled at Eastern.”

Nicholas Denegre ’14
Sustainable Development

Nicholas Denegre ’14

Environmental Earth Science Nicholas Denegre is studying sustainable development as a graduate student at the University of Graz in Austria. Upon graduating from Eastern, he worked as a system analyst at Greenskies Renewable Energy. “Eastern’s EES program prepared me for the environmental sciences field with a rigorous education and many undergraduate research opportunities. It without a doubt catapulted my career.”

Corey Pelletier ’12
Fisheries Biologist

Corey Pelletier ’12

Environmental Earth Science major Corey Pelletier is a fisheries biologist for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. “Eastern provided me not only with the knowledge base to understand our environment and natural processes, but also a working knowledge applicable to the natural resources field.”

Nick Jones ’12
Eversource

Nick Jones ’12

Environmental Earth Science major Nick Jones works at Eversource Energy as the Energy Efficiency Program Lead of Residential New Construction. He works with builders, designers and governmental organizations to advance high-performance building practices and technologies. “The passion of the professors and administration at Eastern is something that students take with them long after they graduate.”