Environmental Science Minor

University of Pennsylvania

Date Posted: Sept. 27, 2018
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor


This minor is for students who want an understanding of the various physical, chemical, and geologic processes that work within our planet and on its surface. Students gain the skills needed to scientifically study and reconstruct Earth's history from the beginning of the solar system to historic times. Students gain hands-on experience in analyzing fossils, rocks, minerals, maps, aerial photographs, and satellite images in the laboratory and on field trips. Earth Science students understand the geologic and environmental processes associated with natural resources, soil formation, natural hazards, coastal and earth surface processes and the detection and control of anthropogenic pollution. Graduates go on to apply their skills to academic research and a broad range of careers, including environmental and geologic consulting, resource management, and engineering.

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