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Earth and Environmental Science

Saving the World, One Acre at a Time.

Environmental scientists design ways to protect the earth and its atmosphere. While some focus on the quality of air, water, and soil, others predict volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and floods.

Wilkes offers both

a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in EES. You can also pursue a minor in geology or a concentration in water quality, marine ecology, or environmental analysis.

Students also turn to our faculty

for research opportunities. Research projects involve the fate of chemotherapeutics in the aquatic environment; groundwater resources in Latin America; and a geological survey of volcanic unrest at Yellowstone National Park using GPS technology.

Graduates are employed in industry, consulting, and

regulatory agencies at local, state, and federal levels. Matt Kuntz, a graduate of 2000, oversees Environmental, Health & Safety issues for a multinational pharmaceutical manufacturer in Lancaster, PA.

The Wilkes EES Program offers

Center for Geographic Information Systems: Wilkes is a regional leader in the use of geospatial technologies as applied to environmental problems. Students learn how to use modern spatial tools such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS (Global Positioning System), and Remote Sensing (satellite-based imagery).

Center for Environmental Quality: Multiple laboratories offer our students hands-on, learn-by-doing opportunities. Our Water Quality Laboratory performs comprehensive analyses of drinking water. Other laboratories conduct indoor and outdoor air sampling and testing; environmental and field-testing of soil samples; and preparation of rocks and minerals.

Field Station: A "natural laboratory" is used for field-based training, research and recreation. Our field station supports the study of natural and modeled processes of rocks, water, soils, air, life, and the interactions between them.

Wallops Island Marine Science Consortium: Students can spend the summer in a pristine coastal environment in southeastern Virginia at a marine field station. One of Wilkes’ students, Jennifer Yuhas, was recently selected to be a head intern at Wallops Island to study the migration and mating behavior of dolphins on the east coast of the U.S.

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