Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

About Earth Science at Millersville

The Department of Earth Sciences at Millersville University of Pennsylvania offers comprehensive programs of study leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Meteorology, Ocean Sciences and Coastal Studies, and Geology, Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences with a new option in Environmental Geology, and a Bachelor of Science in Education in Earth Science with a teaching certification in Earth and Space Science.

There are nine faculty members, all with Ph.D. degrees, and about 180 students pursuing majors in Earth Sciences programs. The Department is dedicated to providing a rich student-centered learning environment focused on the undergraduate education, and augmented by faculty research projects, internships and co-operative educational experiences, in which students are encouraged to participate. A direct consequence of this diverse program is the success our graduates exhibit in finding employment upon graduation or being accepted to post-graduate degree programs. Each program also has an active student organization (AMS Chapter, Ocean Science Club, and Geology Club).

The Meteorology curriculum conforms to the American Meteorological Society's Guidelines for a B.S. in Meteorology and the GS-1340 National Weather Service requirements. The Oceanography program, the only one in the State System of Higher Education, is a founding member of the Marine Science Consortium located on Wallops Island, VA, where oceanography students spend part of their summers onboard a 46-foot research vessel. The Geology curriculum provides practical experiences in traditional geology, and has recently unveiled a new option in Environmental Geology. Students in all the Earth Sciences programs enjoy new classrooms and laboratories, with all physical facilities either being newly constructed or having recently undergone major renovations. Students have complete access to state-of-the-art networked computers and research-grade instruments and equipment. The Department maintains licenses for FORTRAN 95, Interactive Data Language (IDL), MatLab, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), and has the latest versions of interactive data visualization applications for education and research. Millersville University is a member institution of Internet2 and an Academic Affiliate of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research.

We invite you to further explore our Earth Sciences Web site by clicking on any of the three icons below or by selecting an item from the scroll-down directory above. We invite you to read our latest Earth Sciences Newsletter (requires Acrobat Reader). If there is something that you cannot find on this site, please contact us at esci@millersville.edu. Enjoy your visit!