Department of Earth Sciences
For those students interested in pursuing careers as middle school/high school teachers, the department also offers a 127-credit program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.
An important adjunct to the Geology, Meteorology, and Oceanography programs is the department's Remote Sensing technology, which includes a research-grade image processor called "Earth Resources Data Analysis System" (ERDAS). This consists of a true-color high-resolution monitor, a central processing unit, two hard disks with a total capacity of 110 Mb, a Tektronic 4696 color printer, a high-density (6250) magnetic tape drive, and an ERDAS software package. The Department has more than forty magnetic tapes containing various Landsat, NOAA and Geosat satellite data which are used in both teaching and research.
About the program:
The BSE-Earth and Space Sciences degree leads to certification to teach earth and space sciences at the secondary level in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The curriculum is designed to be rigorous and challenging and to provide both depth and breadth of knowledge in Earth Sciences sufficient that our graduates become outstanding educators. Our philosophy is that because earth science requires a basic understanding of the physical world as revealed by the physical sciences, our future earth science teachers should have a solid grounding in the physical sciences in addition to a strong preparation in earth system science. Thus this program includes extensive coursework in Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics.
We strongly believe that scientific research is an extremely valuable experience for students. Therefore, the members of the Earth Sciences Faculty maintain active research programs specifically geared to the participation and training of undergraduates and enthusiastically encourage our BSE students to include independent research in their programs of study because we believe that that experience ultimately will help them become better educators. Furthermore, our BSE students also benefit greatly from a campus with rich resources and expertise in a wide range of related subspecialties. Rigorous programs and outstanding faculties in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, and geography enhance the strength of our program.
Currently, there is a high demand across the nation for teachers that are certified to teach science and mathematics. Our BSE graduates hold teaching positions in middle and high schools throughout the country. In addition to the obvious career track of the BSE, a number of our graduates pursue advanced degrees, and ultimately take positions in a variety of higher education settings. Some have used their degree in teaching to follow careers in non-traditional teaching careers such as training specialists, or educational advisers.
In addition to the B.S. degree programs, the department offers a less-prescribed curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts in the Earth Sciences degree and a B.A. in Earth Sciences/Environmental Geology. These 120-credit programs are designed to accommodate those students who want more flexibility in their curriculum.
After completing a four-credit introductory course in each of the three earth sciences disciplines, the prospective B.A. graduate must complete an additional 18 credits in one of the earth sciences disciplines.