LAURA LAPHAM, Emeritus Editor of Arts and Life – The geosciences department on the third floor of Olin will continue to provide students with an array of opportunities to learn more about the Earth and its geological features, but this fall, the department will see some changes in its name and focus.
The Department of Geosciences changes its official title to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (CESE) in the fall of 2021. The department will offer three degrees to students: Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences, Bachelor of Arts. sciences in earth sciences and a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, all of which are new degrees here at Denison. A minor is also offered in earth sciences.
The faculty of the department will remain the same as the future BS and BA in Earth Sciences are quite similar to the current BS and BA in Geosciences, with some changes in their structure and requirements.
For both degrees, students must take an EESC level 100 class, followed by three basic earth science courses and three EESC elective courses. From there, students can either take a senior seminar course and an EESC comprehensive exam to earn a BA, or take four related courses and a field course in addition to the exam to finish with a BS.
According to the information leaflet, “In Earth Sciences, you can learn how rocks in the interior and surface of our planet form, how they interact with life and time on Earth, and how we can read the history of our planet in these rocks. Earth sciences are one of the most employable STEM fields today. Our majors have pursued successful careers in research, risk planning, academia, resources, environmental planning and more.
The BS in Environmental Sciences is brand new and allows students to explore a new scientific perspective of the world in a more interdisciplinary way. Students would first take a level 100 course from the CESE or ENVS 102, followed by four basic classes in environmental sciences, three EESC electives, a five-class concentration in environmental sciences with four related science classes, a human environment class, and finally the senior seminar and the CESE. full review.
Compared to the Earth Sciences major, the Environmental Science major focuses more on a holistic approach to things like climate change and includes observing the geosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, atmosphere and cryosphere.
“You will integrate knowledge from the natural sciences to understand how the environment works and how humans impact for better or worse.”
Lia Haile ’24 from Columbus, Ohio moved from environmental studies to specializing in environmental science to pursue her interests in tangible sciences while studying things like climate change and environmental racism.
“I turned to environmental science rather than environmental studies because I don’t want my work to be policy-based environmental activism,” she said. “I never really saw myself working in government and creating climate policy. I want to be like the people who research and create the data activists use to promote change. Also, I’d rather learn more about biology / chemistry / geology than sociology, so I was so excited to learn about the new major, more STEM-based.
David Goodwin, the current chair of the Department of Geosciences, said: “This change reflects a combination of the natural evolution of our discipline, the change in faculty expertise and the emerging interest of students. We are very excited about this transformation and look forward to connecting to discuss new opportunities in the EESC program. “
Interested students can contact or visit the faculty of the future CESE program on the third floor of Olin.