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Environmental Geoscience

The bachelor of arts in environmental geoscience is a joint geology-geography program for students interested in geological and geographical approaches to environmental issues. Emphasis is placed on the physical, human and spatial aspects of Earth and its environment.

The program’s broad and interdisciplinary nature produces geoscientists who can identify environmental problems, apply a variety of approaches to their remediation and be conversant with the many disciplines for which the environment is of special concern.

Depending on the major field of geologic studies selected, students are encouraged to choose supporting courses in fields such as mining or petroleum engineering, biology, geography, soil mechanics and computer science.

Geology majors receive a broad education in several areas of the discipline so they may make an informed decision concerning specialization if a graduate degree is sought. Flexibility in seeking employment in a variety of geology specializations is possible because the student has a broad base of knowledge in all areas of geology. During the senior year, undergraduates may use their geology electives to begin a specialization.

Career Profile

Geologists and geophysicists hold approximately 85,000 jobs nationwide. In addition, nearly 10,000 geoscientists hold geology, geophysics and oceanography faculty positions in colleges and universities. 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. The federal government employs approximately 10,000 geologists, geophysicists, oceanographers and hydrologists.

Sample Course Schedules

Wondering what your typical day might be like? We used students’ real course schedules to create these examples.

Freshman Year

SOCA 105 Introduction to Anthropology GEOL 101 Planet Earth GEOG 106 Physical Geography Laboratory ARHS 101 Landmarks of World Art GEOG 107 Physical Geography

Senior Year

BIOL 363 Plant Geography POLS 360 International Political Economy FRCH 493C Special Topics GEOL 493X Special Topics GEOL 488 Environmental GeochemistryTR11301245

English Proficiency Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.

Accreditation Information

WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

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