The department offers several major and minor programs in Earth Science for students with a variety of career goals, and are ideally suited to prepare students for graduate study, jobs within earth science and environmental geoscience, and teaching. For students interested in graduate study or careers within earth science, we recommend the B.S. in Earth Science with a Geology or Environmental Geoscience Concentration. For prospective elementary school teachers, we recommend the B.A. in Earth Science and for prospective secondary school teachers, we recommend the B.S in Earth Science (with no concentration). We are the only school in the Massachusetts State College System to offer a B.S. in Earth Science with a Concentration in Geology. Moreover, our academic programs include the option to receive credit for undergraduate research projects, summer geology field schools, and study abroad. Contact any faculty member in the department to determine which program best meets your career objectives.
An undergraduate degree in earth sciences can open a world of opportunities! Students can improve their chances for future success by engaging in educational, research, and internship programs outside of the classroom while still in college. Start building your resume now by taking advantage of these great opportunities!
Whether you intend to work as a professional earth scientist or geographer or to pursue a career in teaching, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities listed below. Review the material online and discuss it with your advisor or any faculty member in our department. More detailed information about each of the opportunities listed below is available on the Student Opportunities bulletin board on the third floor of the Conant Science Building.
Employment Opportunities for Graduating Seniors
The Earth Sciences Department regularly receives information from prospective employers. We also maintain a list of firms in New England that are likely to employ students who graduate with degrees in Earth Sciences. You should check this site regularly for new postings. Please note that we are in the process of building this site. A complete list of job opportunities can be found on the bulletin board just down the hall from the Earth Sciences Department main office.
Students in both earth sciences have participated in a wide variety of internships. Students have worked as paid and unpaid interns in many private firms, non-profit organizations, and local, state, and federal government agencies. Earth Sciences faculty members have established an impressive network of contacts in the region. Check this page to identify those contacts and specific internships that are currently open.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
Students at Bridgewater State University are increasingly involved in their own research projects. Participation in independent research is a great way to distinguish yourself when applying for future employment or graduate school. This page lists specific opportunities to engage in research, including many funding sources that are available only to BSU students.
Educational Opportunities for Current Students
Students who exhibit the initiative to complete one or more optional training programs will be better positioned to embark on their careers or pursue graduate education. This page lists short courses, summer field camps, and various professional certifications. The programs are ideally taken by undergraduate students in Earth Science during their junior or senior years.
For more information on this major contact:
Chairperson: Dr. Robert Cicerone, Acting
Administrative Assistant: Brenda Flint
Web Site: Earth Science
Building: Marshall Conant Science Building (24 Park Avenue)
Floor: 3rd floor, Room 308
Last Modified: June 25, 2012