ACADEMICS

  • Earth, Environment, and Physics Department

    As a student in the Earth, Environment, and Physics Department at Worcester State University, you will establish a strong foundation in the natural and physical sciences. You also will develop important analytical and problem-solving skills that are relevant to a wide range of scientific careers. Our comprehensive geography curriculum will help you understand the earth as a set of dynamic, interconnected physical and human systems. We will challenge you to consider current environmental issues like climate change from both geoscience and social science perspectives.

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    Our department offers a geography major and an interdisciplinary natural science major as well as minors in both geography and physics. As a geography major, you will specialize in one of four concentrations: earth system science, environmental studies, geographic information systems (GIS), or general geography (typically for double majors in geography and elementary education). If you are a natural science major, you can pursue concentrations in environmental science, general science education, earth science education, or pre-MBA.

    The natural science program gives you a foundation in several scientific disciplines—biology, chemistry, physics, and earth science—and helps you hone important laboratory and analytical skills and techniques. If you are interested in continuing your education in a health-care field, we provide a strong foundation for further studies. As a high-achieving natural science student, you may qualify for an accelerated pharmacy program through our partnership with the MCPHS University.

    Beyond the classroom, you’ll put theory into practice through hands-on experimentation and research alongside your professors in our GIS and earth science laboratories. You also will gain real-world experience through valuable off-campus internships and research opportunities with local community organizations. We host a chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the international geography honor society for outstanding majors, and we encourage you to take part in WSU’s Environmental Advocacy Group.