The physics department offers three programs in Earth and Space Science.
The Bachelor of Arts with an Earth and Space Science major provides a broad base of study in the Earth and Space Sciences (astronomy, geology, meteorology and oceanography). Students can choose between two concentrations:
- The General concentration provides a broad background in all four areas along with a few courses that examine areas of interest to the student. Typically, this track is chosen in coordination with a major in a related field (e.g., English, Computer Science, or Environmental Studies).
- The Secondary Education concentration mirrors the general concentration but also includes seven additional courses in education. A graduate of this program will be eligible for Pennsylvania teacher certification in earth and space science for grades 7-12 (dependent on grade point average and qualifying score on teacher examination) For more information, see the "Earth & Space Science Secondary Education" link to your left.
Students interested in astrophysics or a career in the earth and space sciences (astronomy, geology, meteorology or oceanography) are encouraged to consider the earth and space science concentration of the Bachelor of Science with a Physics major.