About the School

About the School

About the School of Earth & Environment

The study of the Earth and environment is central to maintaining clean drinking water, mitigating environmental contamination, providing ores and rare elements necessary for industry, and locating new sources of energy. Over the past few decades, anthropogenic climate change has brought the imperative of understanding Earth system processes into sharp focus. Understanding the 99.99% of our history that precedes the archaeological record, the humbling contingencies of natural history, and the vast swaths and depths of biodiversity over time is the work of geoscientists and environmental scientists. From energy to climate change to environmental degradation, many of the most pressing societal issues of the coming century will pertain to geography, geology and environmental science.

The School of Earth & Environment includes three academic departments: 1) Geography & Environment, offering the BA in Geography, the BA in Environmental Studies, the BS in Community & Environmental Planning, and the BS in Geographic Information Science; 2) Geology, offering the BA and BS in Geology; and 3) Environmental Science, currently under development. In addition to offering degree programs, these departments will drive three interrelated initiatives: development of high-quality, externally funded research; support of outreach efforts at the community-embedded Rowan Fossil Park; and support for broader STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) activities throughout the university.