About This Degree
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Do you look at your natural terrain and ever wonder what are the driving forces that form the earth? Curiosity is criterial number one to be a good scientist. Geoscientists, in particular are spatial thinkers who tackle complex 3D problems. Increasingly, geoscience has developed into a multi-discipline science including, but not limited to environmental geology, hydrogeology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, geophysics, structural geology and tectonics, economic geology, mineralogy, geobiology, biogeochemistry, oceanography, physical geography, atmospheric sciences, ecology, and astronomy. Environmental geologists are especially interested in the interaction of earth systems with humans, and protecting our natural resources, like forest ecosystems and/or wetlands, etc. Exploration and understanding Earth’s resources and complex systems is an important endeavor. Geologists discover and manage mineral and water resources, as well remediate contaminate issues in the field of Environmental Geology. Geologists study subsurface systems, whereas Geographers focus on the “lay of the land”, i.e. the surface of the earth is studied via geospatial sciences, as well as weather, climate, culture, and the sociopolitical boundaries.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT THIS DEGREE?
The Vincennes University major Natural Resources and Environmental Studies – Geology/Geography concentration prepares the next generation of spatial earth scientists to address critical issues that affect our planet. As geoscientists, we strive to explore Earth’s natural resources, such as clean water for sustainable applications.
GOOD TO KNOW
Geologists are interested in current and past earth systems and processes; whereas Geographers study the surface of the earth and its relationship to people. Both disciplines study spatial relationships applying principles of physics, mathematics, chemistry, engineering, GIS, and biology. As water resources, environmental pollution, energy and mineral resources, natural hazards, atmospheric sciences, and population grow in importance, so will the value of Geologists/Geographers.
WHO IS THIS DEGREE FOR?
Do you like working outdoors? Do you like working with spatial data; and analyzing complex system relationships and determine patterns? This degree is for people with a strong curiosity to explore earth and to gain a better understanding of Earth’s systems and resources. The two-year Natural Resource and Environmental Science major at Vincennes University has concentrations designed to transfer to Purdue University, as well as “2+2” programs with USI and ISU for the completion of the baccalaureate degree. These first two years will help you build a solid foundation in general education and core science classes.
WHAT YOU WILL STUDY
As a geology/geography major at Vincennes University, you will come to understand complex system of earth’s materials, such as water, minerals, rocks, energy, and how spatially, those have worldwide application and significance. Your course work may include Environmental Science, Oceanography, Natural Resources, Hydrology, GIS, Weather/Climate, Astronomy, or Natural Resource Measurements. You will learn how to assess and protect natural resources such as soil, mineral resources, aggregates, and water. You learn how to problem-solve by working through real world examples such as identifying and minimizing threats to our environment.
Forbes lists Geology as No. 7 in the top 15 of Most Valuable College Majors. In May 2019, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that there are 84,290 Environmental Scientists working in the U.S. (including health) with a median annual wage of $71,360; 29,200 Geoscientists (except hydrologist/geographers) with an annual median wage of $92,040; and 6,440 hydrologists with an annual medium wage of $81,270. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics also estimates in 2019 that there were 1400 geographers, mainly working for the federal/state government, with an annual median wage of $81,540.