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The environmental geoscience (BA) focuses on providing students with a scientific understanding of the Earth and surrounding environment.

The student in geology gains an understanding of the various terrestrial processes and features (mountains, oceans, volcanoes, glaciers); the immenseness of geologic time, the history of the earth and organisms that inhabit it (fossils); the role of water, fuel, and mineral resources in the development of civilization; and the close interaction between the geologic and organic environments. Students seeking state certification in secondary education must also complete requirements for a Master of Education degree, a one-year program at SRU.

All of our programs are designed to steadily develop the quantitative, deductive and inductive reasoning skills that environmental geoscientists must have.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling basis Tuition fee Not specified Start date August 2015 Duration full-time 48 months Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode On Campus Educational variant Full-time

Course Content

Requirements for the Major - Credits: 38-39

Core Major Requirements - Credits: 15

  • EGEO 121 - Meteorology/Lab Credits: 4
  • EGEO 201 - Earth Materials and Processes/Lab Credits: 3
  • EGEO 202 - Earth History Credits: 3
  • EGEO 203 - Quantitative Methods Credits: 3
  • EGEO 212 - Earth History Lab Credits: 1
  • EGEO 272 - Introduction to Georeports/Lab Credits: 1

Required Chemistry Courses- Credits: 4

  • CHEM 108 - General Chemistry II Credits: 3
  • CHEM 112 - General Chemistry II Lab Credits: 1

Core Program Requirements - Credits: 12

  • EGEO 242 - Glacial Geology/Lab Credits: 3


  • EGEO 341 - Geomorphology/Lab Credits: 3
  • EGEO 360 - Introduction to Hydrology/Lab Credits: 3
  • GES 324 - Environmental Law and Policy Credits: 3
  • GES 325 - Introduction to Geographic Information Science Credits: 3

Specialized Area - Credits: 7-8

Choose one area from the following 5 areas:

Earth Materials - Credits: 8

  • EGEO 351 - Mineralogy/Lab Credits: 4
  • EGEO 352 - Petrology/Lab Credits: 4

Earth History - Credits: 8

  • EGEO 303 - Concepts of Evolution and the Fossil Record Credits: 3
  • EGEO 362 - Stratigraphy/Lab Credits: 3

Earth's Structure - Credits: 7

  • EGEO 327 - Structural Geology/Lab Credits: 3
  • EGEO 328 - Plate Tectonics Credits: 3
  • OR

  • EGEO 358 - Introduction to Geophysics/Lab Credits: 3

Environmental - Credits: 8

  • EGEO 451 - Geochemistry/Lab Credits: 4
  • EGEO 460 - Hydrogeology/Lab Credits: 3
  • GES 356 - Earth's Changing Climate Laboratory Credits: 1

Atmospheric - Credits: 8

  • EGEO 340 - Air Pollution Meteorology/Lab Credits: 3
  • CHEM 340 - Air Quality Assessment/Lab Credits: 4
  • GES 356 - Earth's Changing Climate Laboratory Credits: 1
Natural Science & Mathematics College-Wide Requirement - Credits: 12
  • CHEM 107 - General Chemistry I Credits: 3
  • CHEM 111 - General Chemistry I Lab Credits: 1
  • MATH 125 - Precalculus Credits: 4


  • MATH 225 - Calculus I Credits: 4
  • PHYS 201 - Elements of Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4


  • PHYS 211 - General Physics I/ Lab Credits: 4
Modern Language Requirement - Credits: 0-9

Must satisfy language requirement at the 103 level


Slippery Rock University has a strong commitment to student success, and we thoroughly research the academic background of the students who tend to succeed at SRU. We use this information to establish admission guidelines for first year students (new freshmen). We are seeking students who have attained at least a 3.0 GPA at the time of admission, have demonstrated proficiency in college preparatory coursework, and who have average to above average scores on the SAT or ACT.

We will accept either test and use the best scores available. Offers of admission for new freshmen from high school may be made as soon as August following their junior year in high school. High school admitted students are required to submit proof of high school graduation in the form of Official Transcripts upon high school graduation.

In order to apply for admission, the following credentials are required:

  • Official High School Transcripts, including a 12th Grade class schedule if applicable

  • SAT or ACT Scores

  • $30.00 application fee

WAIT LIST: Applicants who do not meet the admission guidelines are still encouraged to apply for admission if they are close to our admission guidelines. Such applicants may be placed on a wait list for admission consideration. Students who are placed on a wait list need to understand it is not the same as being denied admission. Wait list status simply means that an applicant's credentials may require a closer review beyond just the quantitative numbers. Offers of admission will be made to wait listed applicants on regular intervals.

Wait listed applicants should strive to improve their grades and/or test scores and re-submit them to the Office of Admissions as soon as is practical after the next marking period or re-test. Periodic review of the wait list will likely begin in November and offers of admission made on a rolling basis. Our goal is to have most of the wait list offers of admission made in March or April. A final round of wait list offers may be made in mid-May on a space available basis. We encourage students to submit additional information if it improves the academic record.

Work Experience

No work experience is required.

Related Scholarships*

  • Academic Excellence Scholarship

    "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

  • Alumni Study Travel Fund

    Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

  • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

    The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

* The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than Slippery Rock University.


Contact the Office of Financial Aid for detailed information on various financial aid programs and scholarship materials. You can submit your questions regarding financial assistance directly to the Financial Aid Office at Students are encouraged to apply for admission early.

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