Southeast Missouri State University
Environmental Science Program

Geoprocessing and Soils Option

Earth, water, and air are the fundamental physical aspects of our environment and these are the areas of concern of the geosciences. Human impacts upon and interactions with our physical environment are growing, and this is reflected in increasing concern for the wise use and conservation of vital natural resources and for the mitigation of impacts of natural hazards. The geoprocessing and soils option is designed to broadly educate students in environmental science, with more in-depth study of the physical components of our environment.

Natural resource issues frequently become legal issues. There is a societal need for individuals trained in geosciences, environmental science, and law. The course of study of the environmental science major is designed to prepare interested students for post-graduate training in environmental law.

Several faculty of the Environmental Science Program conduct active research projects related to the geoprocessing and soils option, providing opportunities for students to participate in the faculty’s research program, conduct supervised independent research, and to present or publish their research.

Graduates in this option are anticipated to be successful in finding employment in the environmental field and to be highly competitive for admission to graduate programs in geosciences and environmental sciences, as well as, law school programs.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Nicholas Tibbs, Department of Physics and Engineering Physics

Career Opportunities:

Employment in government, business, industry, and consulting firms; advanced study in graduate school and law school.

Visit the Career Opportunities page to see what sort of careers are available in the environmental field.

Employment Outlook:

Overall, there is a continuing demand for individuals with training and expertise in the environmental field.

High School Preparation For Major:

A college preparatory sequence which includes four years of science (including biology, chemistry, earth science, and physics) and four years of mathematics. Advanced Placement or dual credit courses in science, mathematics, and English are strongly recommended.

Courses (credit hours) 15 hours

Core (12)
GO 340 Remote Sensing (3)
GO 445 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GO 458 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
          GO 555 Soil Classification and Resource Management (3)
Electives (6)
                    Choose one course from:
AO 427 Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition (3)
          BI 440 Ecology and Management of Wetlands (3)

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Last revision: February 20, 2006

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