Since a lot of things these days are arguably better than sliced bread, we’re calling the College’s new geoscience major “the greatest thing since the cronut.” (Google it.)
The new major— housed in the Department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Science—will debut in the fall of 2014, offering students access to the extensive collections, fossil prep labs and international field sites of Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences.
Geoscience undergrads will have the opportunity to co-op at one of over 100 environmental, geophysical and geotechnical firms within the region, and conduct research at the department’s many field sites, including local spots like the Barnegat Bay Field Station, the Red Hill fossil site in the Appalachians and the Inversand fossil site in Gloucester County.
Students can choose to concentrate in applied geology, paleontology or general geoscience, positioning themselves to tackle some of society’s most pressing issues, from understanding climate change and maintaining clean drinking water, to locating new energy sources and curbing environmental contamination.
With geoscience careers expected to grow 21% from 2010- 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job outlook for graduates is promising. And with interest in natural gas and Marcellus Shale continuing to grow, opportunities abound in the Mid-Atlantic region.