Earth Science and Policy
Climate Change Option
Description of the major
This major is intended to bridge the gap between the physical, natural sciences (the earth sciences) and the social sciences, with the understanding that intelligent, effective solutions to environmental problems will require people who grasp the scientific and social dimensions of environmental problems.
Students develop a sense of community through a set of common upper level courses and they gain practical experience through a mandatory internship course. A variety of options are offered to enable greater depth of study in aspects of science and policy related to water and land use, climate change, and energy; a general option is also available.
This major will provide an excellent preparation for careers in environmental law, environmental consulting, and non-profit organizations engaged in the science and policy of environmental issues. This major will also serve as a strong basis for postgraduate studies in environmental science and policy.
College Email Lists (listserv)
Students may sign up for the Earth and Mineral Sciences listserv by calling the EMS Student Center at 814-863-2751. EMS Undergraduate Announcements
publishes news about student events, academics, club meetings, and jobs/internships.