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Geosciences Major

Do you care about the environment? Global warming? Contamination? Water pollution? Freshwater resources? Geosciences majors are pursuing their education at a unique time in history and at a unique location. 

Of the top environmental issues facing our world, freshwater research and availability is one of the hottest topics. As southeastern Wisconsin positions itself as a significant hub for freshwater research, the Parkside campus is right in the middle of all the action.

Working with the Milwaukee Water Council and other organizations, geosciences professors help provide research opportunities for Parkside students. Quality education and engagement in scholarly learning and real-world research are the keys for students' success.

Geosciences Professor Dr. John Skalbeck sees water is an exciting area of study. "We have a perfect little experiment over the next couple of decades," Skalbeck said. "We can do it the right way or the wrong way. Water issues will be paramount and UW-Parkside, and students in geosciences will have a significant role." 

Geosciences majors select between two concentrations: 

  • Are you interested in working as a professional geologist or hydrogeologist? Choose the environmental geosciences concentration to prepare for the certification exam. 

  • If your goal is to become a professional soil scientist, choose courses in soil science. 

Geosciences majors work with professors on a wealth of issues in the earth-sciences and have the option of two concentrations: environmental geosciences or earth science. 

The environmental geosciences concentration prepares students for employment with government and private agencies in applied fields such as water resource management, soil conservation, and land-use planning. 

The earth science concentration is extraordinarily flexible containing several support courses built into the major. Typical uses for the support courses include preparation for teacher licensure, law school, M.B.A. or M.P.A. programs.

Learn more about the Geosciences Department at Parkside.

Real Opportunities
The Geosciences Department also provides many opportunities for hands-on learning with a network of groundwater monitoring wells on campus. Geosciences majors gain experience through the involvement with local and regional environmental issues, while working alongside real environmental professionals.
Amazing Results
Laura Schulz ('11) took advantage of every opportunity available in the Geosciences Department, including performing atmospheric readings of ozone over the Kenosha harbor; serving as president of the Geosciences Club; and using spring break to do research activities along the Mississippi River, and at Mt. Ranier and Mt. St. Helens. At the conclusion of her undergraduate studies, Schulz received an Outstanding Graduate Award. 

Caren Ackley ('11) received the 2011 Undergraduate Excellence Award from the American Water Resources Association – Wisconsin Section for her work on "Removal of Arsenic and Chromium from Water Using Fe-Exchanged Zeolite." Ackley also won the award in 2010.

Contact Information
Contact Info

Dr. Zhaohui (George) Li
Phone: (262) 595-2487

900 Wood Road · P.O. Box 2000 · Kenosha, WI 53141-2000 P 262-595-2345

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