Oct 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Earth and Environmental Sciences (B.S.)

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Location: McCord Bldg., Room 203
Phone: 931-221-7454
Website: http://www.apsu.edu/ees

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Geosciences with 
two concentrations, Geology and Geography that prepare students for working in a diversity of 
Geoscience specialties such as the geological sciences, environmental hazards, geographic 
information science, and global environment and development. In addition, we also offer minors in 
Geology, Geography, GIS, and Water Resources Management.

The Geography concentration prepares students for a holistic examination of the Earth including 
ecosystem and atmospheric processes, natural hazards and environmental management, relationships 
between nature and society, and understanding relationships between events around the world that 
cause changes to both in natural and socio-economic systems. Coursework will discuss topics such as 
spatial analysis, environmental protection, global security, international cooperation and regional 
development that ensure that students will become better stewards of the planet. Geography is 
interdisciplinary and offers diverse career opportunities in areas such as environmental 
management, disaster management and response, regional and economic development, careers abroad, 
and geographic information systems.

The Geology concentration encompasses the broad study of materials of the earth and processes that 
affect them as well as the evolution of life and its impact on earth materials and processes. Earth 
processes include volcanism, plate tectonics, earthquakes, landslides, and ground and surface water 
migration. Geologists utilize their knowledge to identify and assess environmental hazards such as 
ground and surface water contamination, land surface stability, and volcanic and earthquake 
activity.  Knowledge of earth processes also helps the geologist understand the formation, 
occurrence, and extraction of natural resources such as water, oil and gas, and valuable minerals 
and metals. Geology is a great field of study for students who enjoy blending the outdoor physical 
environment with science. With consultation of a faculty advisor, our program prepares students for 
jobs in the geological sciences in private industry, state and federal government, and teaching, or 
for entrance into graduate school in the Geosciences. Our graduates are successfully employed in 
the environmental field and in the exploration or production of natural resources. The Bachelor of 
Earth and Environmental Sciences with a concentration in geology prepares students for state 
licensure to practice geology in the state of Tennessee.

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