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There are many options to choose from at Penn State University to earn an Earth Sciences degree

Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences at Penn State DuBois

student conducting a lab outside in a state park kneeling under a large rock formationYou’ve always been interested in the environment and now you want to contribute to environment and sustainability of the planet in a real, positive way. When you graduate with a degree in Earth Science from Penn State DuBois, you’ll see planet Earth like you’ve never seen it before – both microscopically and telescopically.  You can focus on Meteorology , Environmental Geology, Geochemistry, Climate Science and other Earth Sciences that interest you most. In all, there are four Earth Science Interdisciplinary Minors that you can explore. 

Earth Science is also suited for students interested in a broad range of environment-related careers, including graduate studies in earth and environmental sciences, or careers in government, industry, consulting, or K-12 education. The degree is also perfect for students currently enrolled in the Wildlife Technology A.S. degree here at Penn State DuBois who wish to obtain a B.S. degree.


Geological Surveys or the US Forestry Service will want to talk to you.  Some of our students completed internships with the Audubon Society of Western PA, the Governor's Office of Planning and Policy, and the Clearfield County Recreation.  Many of the Earth Science students receive multiple job offers even before the fall semester of their final year.


students conducting a lab in a state park measuring the depth of a rock cliff to the groundThis field presents many career options in the public or private sectors, professional or education, companies or non-profit organizations.  Students will have the chance to explore jobs in Natural Gas Exploration and Production, Field Technicians, Entry-Level Analysts, Land Management Plan Developer, Environmental Scientist, and various positions in state and federal government such as Park Rangers, U.S. Forestry Service or U.S. Geological Survey.  Some students seek to continue on into graduate school to earn a Master's or Doctorate degree working in research, as a high school or college educator, or in one of the aforementioned professional careers. 

Many employers will visit the DuBois Campus, outside of the annual Career and Jobs Fair, to present industry changes along with labor and workforce trends related to majors at the campus, including Earth Sciences.

  • Christy Fulton, a professional working in the booming natural gas industry surrounding the Marcellus Shale formation recently spoke at Penn State DuBois, sharing insight into the industry and offering career advice to students hoping to work in one of the many related fields.  Full article

Undergraduate Research

Penn State DuBois supports the integration of undergraduate research into the our students academic experience. Our faculty provide opportunities for students to gain valuable exposure to real world research, while the campus provides the facilities to support such work through the Student Oriented Research Laboratory.

  • Penn State DuBois Earth Science student Andie Graham took first place in the student poster contest at the Fifth Annual West Branch Susquehanna Restoration SymposiumFull article
  • Penn State DuBois students  through an internship program were chosen to work directly with the National Park Service (NPS), at the Flight 93 Memorial site. Full article

Faculty Research

Our faculty are both great teachers and great researchers.  Many are conducting research across the entire spectrum of Earth Science and are able to bring that experience into the classroom serving as another advantage to our students as they continuously learn about the evolving field of Earth Science.  Penn State DuBois students get the extra edge they need when entering the workforce or in education at graduation.  Outside of their classwork and undergraduate research, many students are offered apprenticeships with our faculty to assist in conducting their world-renowned research and research techniques.  Read below about some of the research conducted at Penn State DuBois:

  • Professor of Mathematics and Geosciences Richard Brazier said a device he has placed on campus at Penn State DuBois captured seismic data from the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked the east coast Tuesday.  The seismometer is intended to monitor and record earthquakes and other seismic activity for geophysicists to study.  The data collected is transmitted by satellite to the Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) where anyone can view the seismograms online at any time.  Full article
  • Assistant Professor Neyda Abreu, and Assistant Professor Ben Turner both shared their work at the Geological Society of America's (GSA) 2010 Meeting and Exposition at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.  Full article
  • Penn State DuBois Assistant Professor of Math and Geosciences Neyda Abreu is having the adventure of a lifetime collecting meteorites in the frozen landscape of Antarctica, working with the Antarctic Search for Meteorites program. Full article and Dr. Abreu's Blog
  • Penn State DuBois Wildlife Technology Professor Charles Schaadt: The National Audubon Society invited Schaadt to Washington DC to be trained as a lobbyist for public land issues in Alaska.  Full article

See the entire Earth Sciences Faculty and their respective Research Interests


Earth Sciences degree homepage at Penn State DuBois


Bachelor degree options in Earth Science available at  University Park through the 2+2 Plan

Start any of these degrees at Penn State DuBois first!

You can start any of the degrees below at Penn State DuBois and then transition to the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences at University Park at the start of your Junior year.  Make sure to check into any major or degree entrance requirements beforehand and any other degree controls on the College's homepage below.

Earth Science and Policy

student in a lab presenting her findings on a computerGlobal climate change and environmental change present major challenges for our future. In 2007, Penn State ranks 2nd in the world by Thomson Scientific in number of scholarly citations related to global environmental change, with the majority accounted for by faculty from the College of EMS. This newly developed degree program aims to create an exclusive cohort of professionals who combine a scientific understanding of natural Earth systems with a deep grasp for the social, economic, and political dimensions of environmental problems. This major also provides an excellent preparation for careers in environmental law, environmental consulting, and non-profit organizations engaged in the science and policy of environmental issues.

Earth Sciences

photo of two faculty members standing on top of a mountainOur Earth Sciences program ranks 6th in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report (2010). This degree offers flexibility and breadth across the geosciences, geography, and meteorology, and is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in environmental science, teaching, or environmental law or policy. Graduates are in demand for positions in government, industry, and consulting within this major.

Energy Business and Finance

photo of stock charts on paper with a blue pen next to itIf you’re interested in energy and environmental issues and devising new business strategies and solutions for the challenges they present, you’ll find this program a good fit. The Energy Business and Finance (EBF) major has many applications, from the economics behind the restructuring of electricity markets to the value of climate information and decision markets for weather.

Energy Engineering

picture of solar wind mills in grassy fieldThis exciting and unique major is the first of its kind in the country, exploring both the development of alternative sources of energy and conventional fossil fuels. Students study engineering fundamentals, renewable energy, and electrochemical engineering, as well as professional electives in business, finance, and management.





Environmental Systems Engineering

photo of enviornmental systems student working in labReleased in January 2007, National Science Foundation ranked Penn State 1st in funded materials research in the country for FY2005. Students in this unique interdisciplinary curriculum study the critical environmental, safety, and health issues associated with the energy and mineral industries. Students also study the safe and healthful design of industrial systems so that workers and the environment are protected from potential high risks.


students in field conducting a lab exercise on the side of a mountainGrowing in popularity and providing a blend of courses in geoscience and the biological sciences, this degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in environmental geology, geochemistry, environmental microbiology, museum paleontology, and even medicine.


photo of student kneeling at the edge of a rock next to the ocean with a wave splashing into the rocks on the sideRanked # 1 for its Research Doctorate Program by the National Research Council (1995), Penn State University’s Geography program is the science of space and place on Earth’s surface. A Geography degree helps students understand the importance of location, interpret how people live in particular places, and identify relationships among people, places, and environments. The program offers a great integrated course of study in which students learn fundamental concepts in physical and human geography while developing technical proficiency.


students surveying on the side of a mountainIf you’re concerned about environmental issues and the future of life on Earth, and if you want to learn about geologic hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, and climate change, then Geosciences is for you. Ranked 7th in the country by the U.S. News and World Report (2006), majors offered in the Department of Geosciences are aimed at those of you who are passionate about understanding the Earth’s past and securing its future.

Materials Science and Engineering

student working in lab on machineThese are challenging and exciting times in which we live. Ranked 8th by the U.S. News and World Undergraduate Report (2010), Materials Science and Engineering is the perfect major to prepare you to contribute to building solutions for a better world. Engineered materials impact our lives every day. The development of new materials and the design of new devices and systems make possible the technologies that we enjoy. As a student in the Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) program at Penn State, you will join one of the premier materials departments in the world.


meteorology satellite photo of hurricane katrinaOur renowned Meteorology program, which is one of the oldest and largest in the nation, spans all areas of the atmospheric sciences. Penn State's doctoral program in meteorology and atmospheric science is ranked among the top eight in the country as per the National Research Council assessment in 2010. The strength of the Penn State Meteorology department lies in the diverse knowledge and reputation of our faculty for both teaching and research, and the array of opportunities for students to engage in research projects and extracurricular activities that provide community outreach. Regardless of where you land after graduation, a degree from Penn State Meteorology will be highly regarded.

Mining Engineering

students standing in front of large mining quarryPetroleum and Natural Gas Engineering was Ranked 5th by the U.S. News and World Report Best Graduate Schools (2009). Mining provides the mineral and energy resources for society, including coal, metallic ores, bauxite, phosphates, and salt, as well as such basic building products as gravel, limestone, and stone that are essential to the nation’s highways, power plants, bridges, and building foundations. Mining engineers are seeking ways to extract essential raw materials without causing undue disturbance to the environment, as well as to prevent pollution, and reclaim land mined in the past.

Learn more about all of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences degrees

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