Earth and Environmental Science

B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science
Bachelor of Science
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Majors in Earth and Environmental Science (EES) study the formation, evolution, and monitoring of the physical landscape – past, present, and future. Students will also explore interconnections between Earth systems to gain a broader understanding of the discipline and see how change may manifest itself elsewhere. Students study these systems from the small scale (e.g. molecules) to the large scale (e.g. mountain ranges) over time scales spanning from minutes (e.g. chemical reactions) to thousands of years (e.g. environmental change).

Students in the EES program will learn a variety of laboratory and field skills and apply this knowledge in real world scenarios to become better prepared for graduate school and/or a career. Students participate in research projects as part of individual classes or while working directly with faculty members. Students will have considerable opportunity to develop strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and learn how to utilize other modes of technology including computer models and data loggers in lab and field pursuits.

Recent Unity College EES graduates are employed professionally in analytical labs or as environmental consultants, or are continuing their studies in M.S. and Ph. D. programs around the nation.


Program Highlights:

Earth and Environmental Science - Work in the Field at Unity College

Working in the Field

Geologists graduating from the Unity EES program are extensively trained to interpret the physical landscape, conduct a variety of field-oriented tasks and lab work, perform quantitative analyses on field data, and share the results of their work with outside audiences. Currently, our students are working several projects including the assessment of the geomorphology of a nearby stream, a hydrogeological investigation of waste water, and the effects of rainfall and land use on soil erosion.

Earth and Environmental Science - In the Lab at Unity College

From Field to Lab

The newly created EES major emphasizes applied learning through a myriad of field- and lab-based experiences to provide students with strong skills needed to succeed in graduate school or a career. Beginning with our introductory courses, students become immersed in the study of the physical landscape. In upper level courses, students expand their foundational knowledge by studying environmental problems in more detail as part of classroom-based research. 

Earth and Environmental Science - Undergraduate Research Experiences at Unity College

Undergraduate Research Experiences

At Unity, students have access to research opportunities in a wide-variety of disciplines. The Undergraduate Research Program (UCURP) fosters expanded research opportunities by: creating visibility for undergraduate research opportunities; supporting the development of new research initiatives, particularly inter- or trans-disciplinary problems based in sustainability science; and increasing the number of students on campus participating in research activities. 

Unity College Students at Baxter State Park

Learning on Location

The College's block scheduling allows for flexibility, making travel for learning and conducting work at off-campus locations easy. For example, as part of our newly-designed Geomorphology class, students went on several trips including one to Baxter State Park where they hiked to Chimney Pond and another to Acadia National Park, where they worked on studying glacial geology as well as other elements of physical geology.

 

Geoscience Lab at Unity College

New Geoscience Lab

After a year of careful planning, at the start of the 2013-2014 academic year the geology laboratory moved to a larger space that now serves as both a classroom and a laboratory space. Elements of the upgrades provide enhanced teaching and learning experiences, with ample room for classroom activities as well as student research. The new lab is essential to Unity College students, providing them with an ideal environment for their hands-on experiential learning practices.

GIS Lab at Unity College

Geographic Information System Skills

Core concepts woven into the EES program include sound training in applications such as computer modeling, field monitoring equipment and the geospatial technology of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Unity College gives students the tools they need to affect change, and an applied understanding of GIS is certainly one of those tools. With this knowledge, students are able to make informed decisions in resource management and land use planning.