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Degree Programs Offered

Our degrees are designed to prepare individuals for careers and/or graduate school in the specific fields of Geology and Earth Science. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, practical application of basic principles, field-based experiences, and observation and interpretation of natural processes on and within the Earth, the solar system and the universe. The CCSU Geological Sciences program provides students five options to specialize in the Earth Sciences.

We have three Geology specializations are for students intending on becoming a professional Geologist. They include 44 credits, with common core courses of Dynamic Earth or Environmental Geoscience, Earth and Life History, Field Methods, Research Methods in Geological Sciences, Mineralogy, Stratigraphy & Sedimentology, Geomorphology, and a capstone experience consisting of either a Senior project or a Field Camp experience. In addition, each specialization requires 24 credits of coursework in Physics, Chemistry, and Calculus for a total of 66 credits. 

Earth Science: Geology Specialization BS:
The Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. geological surveys), and geotechnical, mining, and energy industries. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in geology or related fields.

Earth Science: Environmental Geology Specialization BS:
The Environmental Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. environmental protection), and environmental industries. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in geology or related fields.

Earth Science: Planetary Geology Specialization BS:
The Planetary Geology Specialization is designed for students planning a career as a professional geologist with government agencies (e.g. NASA) or the remote sensing industry. In addition, students will be prepared for graduate-level studies in

In addition, we have two Earth Science specializations for students who want the Earth Science background but do not intend on being professional Geologists). These 36 credit degree programs have calculus as an option, and provide the opportunity to integrate biology and chemistry courses into a program suited to an individual career path.  These specializations also require 22-24 credits of coursework in Physics, Chemistry, and Math for a total of 58-60 credits.

Earth Science: Environmental Earth Science Specialization BS:
The Environmental Earth Science Specialization is designed for students who want to study geological sciences with an environmental focus. but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in geological sciences and supporting sciences. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. This Specialization is appropriate for students planning a career in public policy relating to environmental issues, environmental education, resource management, business (environmental consulting), environmental hazards, environmental law, or environmental medicine.

                                                    

Earth Science: General Earth Science Specialization BS:
The General Earth Science Specialization is designed for students who want to study geological sciences, but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in geological sciences and supporting sciences. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. This Specialization is appropriate for students planning a career in public policy relating to earth science issues, earth-science education, resource management, museum/observatory management, science journalism, library science, technical writing, or business.

For those interested in teaching, the CCSU Science Education program, along with other science departments, coordinates the teacher preparation programs at the University. Our graduates teach in schools throughout New England. Our programs include undergraduate BSED degrees, post-Baccalaureate certification, and a Master of Science degree specializing in STEM Education. Interested students should contact Dr. Marsha Bednarski or Dr. Jeff Thomas.

Students may also earn minors in Astrobiology, Astronomy, Earth Science, or Geology. 

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