Bachelor of Science

Earth Sciences

Central to Exploring the Planet.

CCSU’s BS in Earth Sciences prepares students for careers in the earth and space sciences, including private industry, government, and science education. The BSEd program, designed by our science education faculty, prepares students to teach earth science at the secondary education level.  

Programs all have a common core of foundational introductory courses with five specialization options with varied upper-level elective courses selected to develop skills relevant to diverse career paths within the earth and space sciences. CCSU also offers minors in Astrobiology, Astronomy, Earth Science, and Geology. 

Program Features

  • Flexible programs allow students to select options from broad array of elective courses and minors that best match their career objectives
  • Coursework includes hands-on experience with current techniques, both in the field and in the lab, including multiple opportunities to develop skills with instrumentation and digital technologies commonly used in industry
  • Students encouraged to complete independent research projects while working one-on-one with a faculty advisor, and to present their results at a regional or national professional conference
  • Active student community and accessible faculty provide a supportive and inclusive learning environment
  • Campus location provides easy access to a diversity of locales of geologic interest, and opportunities for a wide variety of student field trips
  • Multiple networking opportunities through events with local professional organizations such as the Geological Society of Connecticut and the Environmental Professionals of Connecticut
  • Financial aid and scholarships available
  • Free on-campus child care 

Program Options

Environmental Geology

helps students develop skills for careers in government agencies (e.g. environmental protection), soil and water science, and environmental industries. 


students prepare for careers as professional geologists with government agencies (e.g. geological surveys), and the geotechnical, mining, and energy industries. 

Planetary Geology

equips students with knowledge and understanding for careers with government agencies (e.g. NASA) and in remote sensing and satellite image analysis. 

Environmental Earth Sciences

including interdisciplinary electives across the environmental sciences, helps students develop skills for careers in public policy, environmental law, or resource management 

General Earth Sciences

equips students for careers in science communication or museum/planetarium management. 

Did You Know?

Over the last 10 years, two-thirds of our graduates have found employment with local or national firms in the geological and environmental industries or are teaching in local schools. One-third of our graduates were successful in obtaining fully funded positions (tuition remission and stipend) in graduate programs at institutions across the country. 

Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Scientific literacy: Students will be able to identify, analyze, and apply earth science concepts, principles, laws, and theories.
  2. Ability to do science: Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and apply the Scientific Method and other related inquiry related skills, as well as quantitative methods, in the earth science lab.
  3. Communications: Students will be able to use oral and written communication to accurately and effectively convey earth science concepts.
  4. Technology literacy: Students will be able to select and accurately use appropriate tools, equipment, and technologies in the earth science lab.
  5. Research: Students will be able to locate, interpret, analyze, and/or conduct and present earth science research.