Earth Sciences with a Specialization in General Earth Sciences, BS

This program is offered by the Geological Sciences Department

Program Description

The General Earth Science Specialization is designed for students who want to study geological sciences, but who are not intending to work as professional geologists. This degree is appropriate for someone interested in pursuing a liberal arts education with a less rigorous course of study in geological sciences and supporting sciences. Thus, students are allowed more flexibility for additional courses that complement their goals. This Specialization is appropriate for students planning a career in public policy relating to earth science issues, earth-science education, resource management, museum/observatory management, science journalism, library science, technical writing, or business.
For those interested in teaching, the CCSU Science Education program, along with other science departments, coordinates the teacher preparation programs at the University. Our graduates teach in schools throughout New England. Our programs include undergraduate BSED degrees, post-Baccalaureate certification, and a Master of Science degree specializing in STEM Education. Interested students should contact Dr. Marsha Bednarski or Dr. Jeff Thomas.
Students may also earn minors in Astrobiology, Astronomy, Earth Science, or Geology.

Learning Outcomes

By the time of graduation, students will demonstrate proficiency in the following areas:

  1. Scientific literacy: Students will be able to identify, analyze, and apply earth science concepts, principles, laws, and theories.
  2. Ability to do science: Students will be able to interpret, analyze, and apply the Scientific Method and other related inquiry related skills, as well as quantitative methods, in the earth science lab.
  3. Communications: Students will be able to use oral and written communication to accurately and effectively convey earth science concepts.
  4. Technology literacy: Students will be able to select and accurately use appropriate tools, equipment, and technologies in the earth science lab.
  5. Research: Students will be able to locate, interpret, analyze, and/or conduct and present earth science research.