| ACADEMICS | Schools & Departments | Earth Environment and Physics
As a student in Earth, Environment, and Physics 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.
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.
The Environmental Advocacy Group is accepting new members. Our past projects include helping to implement single-stream recycling on campus, working with the university administration to reduce waste generation and energy consumption on campus, and participating in local park clean-ups and Blackstone River monitoring programs. Founded in 2005, our overarching goal is to focus on the interaction between humans and the environment. We meet on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. in Room 308 of the Ghosh Science and Technology Center. For more information, contact Dr. William Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org.