NEW B.A. in Geosciences and Society

Aug. 15, 2023

We are excited to announce a new Geosciences B.A. degree program entitled Geosciences and Society. This degree is designed for students who are interested in using a foundational understanding of geosciences in pursuit of careers in areas that are of major importance in today’s changing world, such as science outreach and communication, environmental policy, science writing, environmental law, municipal planning, geological hazard mitigation, and K-12 education, to name a few.  

The program combines a tailored geoscience CORE curriculum centered around topics of considerable societal and applied interest, with a solid foundation in one of several social science options: Law; Journalism; Public Policy. Geosciences course requirements include classes such as Global Change, Ocean Science, and Energy and Mineral Resources, all of which present critical content for someone looking to apply geoscience principles to a public-facing career. The offerings in each of the three social science areas have been chosen to build basic knowledge in an interface field that will allow students to be competitive at either entry-level positions (for example in municipal government or science communication), or as they pursue further education in law, policy, or (with certification) secondary science education. 

Curricular requirements in this degree allow for more flexibility in a student’s pursuit of other interests, with plenty of open elective credits to provide the opportunity for double-majoring, minoring, or simply exploring other course work to enhance one’s educational experience, career training, or preparation for graduate studies. The degree is open to all students, with no minimum GPA or other academic restrictions.