Students in the Geosciences Department select between two concentrations: environmental geosciences or earth science, depending on their career goals.
The environmental geosciences concentration will prepare students for employment in private sector and various governmental agencies. Students completing this concentration will also have appropriate course work to be eligible for the certification exam as a professional geologist and/or professional hydrogeologist in Wisconsin. The expertise in hydrogeology and contaminant fate and transport afforded by this concentration can lead to employment as an environmental geoscientist in a variety of governmental and private organizations. Students interested in taking certification exams as professional soil scientists in Wisconsin may choose electives in soil science. Graduates with this background may work with governmental and private agencies in such applied fields as water resource management, soil conservation, and land-use planning.
The earth science concentration is extraordinarily flexible, as 18 credits of support courses are built into the major. These courses will be selected by the student and his/her adviser in order to develop a focal point related to their geosciences curriculum. The 18 credits are part of the major; therefore, a student electing to complete a minor cannot use these credits for that minor. Typical uses for the support courses include preparation for teacher licensure, law school, M.B.A. or M.P.A. Programs.