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, Environmental Earth and Ocean Sciences with concentrations in Environmental Geology and Environmental Ocean Sciences, Secondary Education in the Earth Sciences with a teaching certification in Earth Science, and Emergency Management.

In addition, two Master of Science degrees in Emergency Management and Integrated Scientific Applications are offered. The Accelerated MSEM/BSEM program provides an integrated undergraduate/graduate degree program in emergency management allowing students to complete both programs in five years. Graduate Certificates in Emergency and Disaster Management and in Space Weather and Environment: Science, Policy and Communication (SWEN) are also through the Department of Earth Sciences.

All ten faculty members in the department have terminal degrees in their respective fields, and there are over 250 students pursuing the various degree 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 (Student Chapter of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), Ocean Science ClubGeology Club, and the Student Chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)).

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 department is a founding member of the Chincoteague Bay Field Station (formerly known as Marine Science Consortium) located on Wallops Island, VA. Field courses are offered at the Field Station where students will have the opportunity to work with instruments and learn onboard a 46-foot research vessel. There are a number of practical experiences focused on field work in geology. Students in all the Earth Sciences programs enjoy fully-equipped classrooms and laboratories and 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 a member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).

We invite you to further explore our Earth Sciences Web site by clicking on the icon below or by selecting any of the tabs on the right-hand side of this page. We invite you to visit us. To schedule a visit or if you have any questions, please contact us at esci@millersville.edu.

DES Student Learning Objectives

  • Earth Sciences graduates exhibit knowledge and understanding of the component of the Earth system specific to their discipline.
  • Earth Sciences graduates can employ evidence-based scientific reasoning to critically think about problems in the Earth Sciences.
  • Earth Sciences graduates demonstrate skill in the use of tools and the application of technologies appropriate to their discipline.
  • Earth Sciences graduates demonstrate effective oral communication skills.
  • Earth Sciences graduates demonstrate effective written communication skills.