Environmental Geosciences

About Environmental Geosciences

Environmental geosciences is the study of earth and its four spheres: the lithosphere (the solid earth), hydrosphere (the realm of water), atmosphere (the gaseous envelope surrounding earth) and biosphere (the realm of living things). Environmental geoscientists study and care for the earth’s resources and the environment, in addition to studying other planets and the solar system. They solve problems and play a crucial role in shaping policies that affect public health and welfare.

Environmental Geosciences at Valdosta State University

Students in the environmental geosciences program at Valdosta State University hone their skills both in and out of the classroom. Environmental geosciences students have access to a number of facilities that enhance classroom study, including the Geosciences Fossil Lab, which features hundreds of animal and plant fossils. The Lake Louise Environmental Research Station, a 13-acre blackwater lake 7 miles from campus, is owned and maintained by the university and serves as an outdoor laboratory for students to study soil science, hydrology, biogeography, microbiology, botany and entomology. Other unique facilities available for environmental geosciences majors include a rock preparation room and student environmental research station.

Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

Tracks:

Geography

Geology

Minors

  • Geography
  • Geology

About the Environmental Geosciences Curriculum

B.S.

The environmental geosciences program at Valdosta State University prepares students to enter graduate programs in geography, planning and related fields or to embark upon careers in industry, government or education. Students in the program develop skills in fieldwork, computer mapping and geographic information systems and learn about climate, landforms, water resources and environmental policy. The curriculum is designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills required to analyze environmental questions and devise solutions. Students use tools in geography and planning, along with a variety of analytical and technical skills to analyze environmental, hydrologic and planning problems of the region. Students in the program may choose a track in either geography or geology.

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Geography minor

The geography minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of the physical and cultural diversity of the earth. Students learn map techniques and spatial problem-solving skills. Fifteen to 17 credit hours are required.

Geology Minor

The geology minor gives students a greater understanding of the characteristics and processes of the earth. The minor is a good choice for students in other major programs who may be considering working in areas involving energy, material resources or the environment. Fifteen to 17 hours of coursework are required.

Careers*

  • Atmospheric scientist
  • Economic geologist
  • Environmental analyst
  • Environmental geologist
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysicist
  • Geoscientist
  • Hydrologist
  • Image analyst
  • Intelligence officer
  • Land use specialist
  • Location analyst
  • Mapmaker
  • Marine geologist
  • Meteorologist
  • Mineralogist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Park ranger
  • Planetary geologist
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Seismologist
  • Soil conservationist
  • Soil scientist
  • Travel consultant
  • Urban/rural planner

*Some career possibilities may require additional degrees or certifications.

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