Wilkes University

Message From the Chair

Welcome to the Wilkes University Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences (EEES) Department.

What can you do with a degree in environmental engineering?
As an environmental engineer you will design and plan the prevention of, or remediation of environmental problems. Areas of specialization include air and water pollution control, management of municipal water and stormwater systems, and solid and hazardous waste management.

Environmental engineers work to prevent future problems by providing strategies in areas such as sustainability, pollution prevention and energy efficiency. 

What can you do with a degree in earth and environmental sciences?
As an earth and environmental scientist you will protect natural resources by assessing environmental problems and making recommendations for their solutions.

Areas of specialization include the monitoring of waste disposal sites, preservation of water supplies, reclamation of contaminated land and water, monitoring of groundwater pollution, and the study of chemical toxicity. You could also focus on the social and political implications of environmental policy and regulations by taking additional courses in political and social sciences, and business. 

What can you do with a degree in geology?
As a geologist you will work to find adequate supplies of vital natural resources, such as groundwater, petroleum, and metal-bearing minerals. Geologists assess natural hazards and the potential impacts of volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and landslides. They also assist in solving environmental problems that relate to groundwater pollution, hazardous and radioactive waste disposal, and global climate change.

Field work is an integral part of what geologists do. Observation, mapping, and sampling are typical field activities that accompany project work. Travel and field-based investigations give distinction to career paths in geology. 

Why come to Wilkes University to study environmental engineering or earth and environmental science?
Our EEES Department offers accessibility to exceptional faculty and staff, and hands-on laboratory and field experiences. For instance:

  • You will learn by doing.
  • You will get hands-on work and field experience addressing significant environmental and geological issues.
  • You will learn to be a problem solver who can integrate interdisciplinary expertise to come up with innovative solutions.
  • You will have the opportunity to get training in geographic information systems, global positioning systems, freshwater and marine biology, water and wastewater treatment, air pollution control, water resources management, solid and hazardous waste management, environmental regulations and policy, and sustainable management.
  • You will have the opportunity to do research and have access to the most current environmental research equipment.
  • You will have the opportunity to seek an internship to complement your classroom training. On behalf of our Department, I wish you all the best in your college and career search.

Regards,
Sid P. Halsor, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences Department and Professor of Geology 


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