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Environmental Geoscience

Are you interested in environmental issues — and changing the world around you? This major combines geoscience and environmental awareness to examine the impact of human behavior on the our world.

Description

What is Environmental Geoscience at WVU like?

Description

Environmental Geoscience is a joint geology and geography major for students interested in geological and geographical approaches to environmental issues. The curriculum emphasizes the physical, human and spatial aspects of Earth and its environment. Students interested in geological and geographical approaches to environmental issues study how to positively affect the environment and find solutions to the problems around them.

Our graduates pursue careers in environmental remediation, land use planning, sustainability design, geographical information systems, environmental legislation and journalism. Geologists and geophysicists hold approximately 95,000 jobs nationwide. Energy and environmental companies employ about half of all geoscientists. Many other geologists work for consulting firms and business services, especially engineering firms, which often provide services to oil and gas companies.

At a Glance

Opportunities

What makes Environmental Geoscience at WVU unique?


Research and Academic Opportunities

Interested in adding another major or a minor? Environmental Geoscience pairs well with the Native American Studies minor or majors in:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Geography
  • International Studies

Transfer Articulation Agreements

In addition to guaranteed admission agreements WVU has transfer articulation agreements with:

Careers

What can you do with a degree in Environmental Geoscience?

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Environmental Geoscience major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.

Employers

Graduates from this major have gone to work at:

Courses

What are the courses like in Environmental Geoscience at WVU?

Major Map

Check out the course requirements and suggested plan of study for WVU's Environmental Geoscience major.

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For a program overview, learning goals and course descriptions, visit the course catalog.

Popular Courses

GEOG 107:
Physical Geography

Introduction to global environmental systems operating on the earth's surface, emphasizing weather and climate, soils, natural vegetation, and geomorphology, and examination of human interaction with these natural processes.

GEOG 205:
Natural Resources

Introduces the concept of natural resources and surveys such topics as land, soil, rangeland, forests, water, atmosphere, minerals, and energy. Emphasis is on the United States within the context of the global environment.

GEOG 300:
Geographical Data Analysis

Quantitative techniques for collection, classification, and spatial analysis of geographical data with emphasis on map analysis and application of spatial statistics.

GEOG 302:
Political Geography

Examines the interrelationship between politics and the environment, human territoriality, the political organization of space, geopolitical aspects of the nation-state and international problems.

GEOG 317:
Climatological Analysis

Statistical analysis and interpretation of climatological data and application to physical and human problems across the globe using user-friendly tools. (Also listed as GEOG 517)

GEOL 365:
Environmental Geology

PR or CONC: GEOL 321. Principles, practice, and case histories in application of earth science to environmental problems. Includes: water quality; landslides; subsidence; waste disposal; legal aspects; and geological aspects of land-use planning. (Field trips and independent field project required.)

GEOL 454:
Environmental and Exploration of Geophysics 1

Basic theory, computer modeling, and use of gravitational, magnetic, resistivity, and electromagnetic methods in the evaluation or shallow targets of interest to environmental, hydrological, and hazardous waste site investigations.

Cost

How much does Environmental Geoscience at WVU cost?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2018-19 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Semester $4,896
Fall and Spring Semesters $9,792
Non-Resident
Per Semester $13,188
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,376
International
Per Semester $13,488
Fall and Spring Semesters $26,976
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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Environmental Geoscience is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Maryland

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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU. In addition to guaranteed admission agreements Environmental Geoscience has transfer articulation agreements with:

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

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Requirements

What are the requirements to apply for Environmental Geoscience at WVU?

University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Environmental Geoscience major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2018-19 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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