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Baccalaureate (4 Year) Majors by College



College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

Earth & Mineral Sciences (undecided) (EM SC)

This major is for students interested in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, but are undecided about which major they would like to select. Beginning studies with an "undecided" major allows students to explore the many different majors offered within this college and learn more about the specific disciplines that are available to them. All first year students are admitted to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences in pre-major status, and they request entry into a major during their second academic year. Academic advising is available to all students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences to help determine which of the available majors they would like to pursue.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Earth Science and Policy (EARSP)

Earth Science and Policy (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

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.

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Earth Sciences (EARTH)

Earth Sciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park, DuBois)

This major provides a comprehensive program in environmental sciences based on a strong emphasis in earth sciences. It is especially directed toward study of the problems that arise from the complex interaction of man’s technological and social activities with the natural environment. Graduates are in demand for positions in government, industry, and consulting. Professional activities include gathering and evaluating data on environments; management and coordination of specialized programs in environmental control and modification; and industrial and government planning. Suitable choices of courses may qualify students for graduate work in several fields.
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Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESPBA)

Energy and Sustainability Policy(Start and Finish: World Campus)

The Online Bachelor of Arts degree in Energy and Sustainability Policy will prepare students to compete for new careers in the growing and evolving energy field. Students will master the knowledge and skills needed to gather, analyze, synthesize, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technology, and economics. Emphasizing research skills, communication skills, foreign language and international competencies.
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Energy Engineering (ENENG)

Energy Engineering (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The Energy Engineering major is designed to address the growing impact and demand for energy in society and to equip students with the knowledge necessary to become valuable contributors in addressing society’s energy needs and demands. Along with basic engineering skills, the program integrates skill sets in the physical sciences (chemistry, engineering, mathematics, and physics) and social sciences (economics, policy, and management) to ensure successful career opportunities in advancing the technology and management of energy; innovators and entrepreneurs in the energy sector; and educators, practicing engineers, and national leaders in the energy and associated environmental health and safety, policy, and economic fields.
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Energy, Business and Finance (EBF)

Energy Business and Finance (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major, offered jointly by the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences and the Smeal College of Business, combines training in business, economics, finance, and the physical sciences with a core of courses focusing on energy and related industries. The major helps students prepare for careers in the energy industry, as well as financial institutions, nonprofit groups, and international organizations dealing with energy issues. The curriculum also provides a strong base for further study in business, economics, law, and social sciences. The General option of the major is appropriate for students who want a broad understanding of the earth and environmental sciences in preparation for careers in industry, commerce, and government. A more specific course of study involving geographic information systems is available through the Geographic Information Systems option. The option is designed to develop competence in description, analysis, explanation, and management of problems arising from human use of natural resources and natural systems. The Energy Systems option is designed to give students a more rigorous background in engineering principles and applications together with a demanding economics and business curriculum.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, Smeal College of Business)

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Environmental Systems Engineering (ENVSE)

Environmental Systems Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Environmental Systems Engineering is an interdisciplinary program concerned with the impact of industrial activities on the environment and the choice of cost-effective remediation strategies. The program is designed to address critical environmental problems of basic industries, such as those involved in the extraction, conversion, and utilization of energy and mineral resources. Students acquire an appropriate blend of theory, applications, and design as well as the fundamentals necessary to maintain lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as environmental systems engineers or to pursue further education at the graduate level.
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* Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

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Geobiology (GEOBI)

Geobiology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geobiology is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth and its biosphere. It embraces the history of life and its interactions with the Earth over geologic time; it also includes study of interactions between living organisms and physical and chemical processes in the modern environment on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe. Geobiology encompasses the fields of paleobiology and paleontology, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, and astrobiology. Students gain practical field experience in the study of the physical environment and ecological properties. Students will be well prepared for advanced studies in this emerging discipline, and for careers in the environmental sciences. Geobiology is critical to the study of environmental quality, global change and environmental-human health interactions, all of which have profound importance in legal, economic, and policy arenas.
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Geography B.A. (GEOBA)

Geography (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geography is both a socialbehavioral and an environmental science. Geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the human and physical features on the Earth’s surface. The Liberal Arts major stresses the social and behavioral aspects of geography; the Earth and Mineral Sciences major stresses the discipline’s environmental perspectives. Both majors provide training in descriptive and analytical skills such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Graduates may find employment in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies or in private firms that specialize in marketing and environmental research. The major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor’s degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.
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Geography B.S. (GEOBS)

Geography (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Geography is both a socialbehavioral and an environmental science. Geographers describe, analyze, and explain the arrangement of the human and physical features on the Earth’s surface. The Liberal Arts major stresses the social and behavioral aspects of geography; the Earth and Mineral Sciences major stresses the discipline’s environmental perspectives. Both majors provide training in descriptive and analytical skills such as map reading, cartography, and statistics. Graduates may find employment in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies or in private firms that specialize in marketing and environmental research. The major can provide preparation for a career in business, industry, or government. Geographers with bachelor’s degrees are currently being placed in federal, state, and local administrative and planning agencies and in private firms that specialize in planning and development or in environmental and socioeconomic analysis.
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Geosciences B.A. (GSCBA)

Geosciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Geoscientists work to discover and develop natural resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; to predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and to solve fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of Earth and life. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis, and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; and rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression.
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Geosciences B.S. (GSCBS)

Geosciences (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Geoscientists work to discover and develop natural resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; to predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and to solve fundamental questions concerning the origin and evolution of Earth and life. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis, and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; and rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression.
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Materials Science & Engineering (MATSE)

Materials Science and Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

In addition to the traditional engineering applications of metals, ceramics, semiconductors, and polymers, new materials and composites must be developed by materials scientists to aid progress in communications, computing, electronics, biomedicine, transportation, aerospace, defense, and the production and efficient use of energy. Materials Science and Engineering provides students with a well-rounded engineering education, with specific emphasis on materials science and engineering in order to meet the needs of industry, academia, and government; conduct research at the frontiers of the field; and provide an integrating and leadership role to the broad multidisciplinary materials community.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

* Accredited by the Applied Science Accreditation Commission of ABET, 111Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Meteorology (METEO)

Meteorology (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

Meteorology is a rigorous scientific discipline devoted to an increased understanding of the atmosphere and the development of methods for applying that knowledge to practical problems. Although this field is usually associated with weather prediction, it also has significance in environmental, energy, agricultural, oceanic, and hydrological sciences. The department offers several options within the major. The major requires a solid foundation in mathematics and the physical sciences, and it provides a comprehensive survey of the fundamentals of atmospheric science. It has sufficient flexibility to permit intensive advanced study in such related areas as mathematics, earth sciences, or engineering. The department has particular strengths in weather analysis and prediction, including forecast uncertainty and severe weather; physical meteorology, including radar meteorology, instrumentation, and atmospheric measurements; and applied areas, including atmospheric diffusion, air pollution chemistry, dynamic meteorology, tropical meteorology, climate, and remote sensing.
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Mining Engineering (MNG E)

Mining Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major has been designed to enable students to apply the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to pursue employment opportunities in both the private and public sectors as mining engineers, or will be able to pursue advanced education. Graduates of the program will be prepared to perform in the various steps of mineral extraction, including exploration, evaluation, development, recovery, and processing. The mining engineering faculty is committed to an interactive teaching and learning environment to ensure that the student plays an active role in the learning process. The General Education opportunities are sufficiently broad and diverse in nature and scope to enable the student to tailor the educational experience to particular interests, backgrounds, and expected roles in society.
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Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering (PNG E)

Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering* (Start at any Campus and Finish: University Park)

This major has been designed to equip students with the fundamentals necessary to achieve lifelong professional growth. Graduates are prepared to enter both the private and public sectors as petroleum and natural gas engineers, or to pursue further education at the graduate level.
(College of Earth and Mineral Sciences)

*Accredited by the Technology Accreditation Commission of the ABET, 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202-4012; telephone, 410-347-7700; www.abet.org.

Please see the Basic Admissions Requirements page for more information about high school and transfer requirements.


Associate (2 Year) Degrees