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SONS Earth Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences Program
The School of Natural Sciences is home to the Earth, Atmosphere, and Ocean Sciences program offering a range of undergraduate degrees.
The programs in Earth, Atmosphere and Ocean Sciences are designed to prepare the student for teacher certification in earth science and elementary education with an earth science specialization. The program is also committed to educating a new generation of scholars and teachers who reflect the diversity of cultures, life experiences, and views of our society and who will be equipped to address the major issues facing man and the earth today. The students are ready for career in both public and private sectors jobs where diverse interdisciplinary knowledge in Earth Science discipline is required.
The strong interdisciplinary approach and system approach to study the earth as a system cover a wide aspect from the traditional earth science specialty areas such as geology, meteorology, oceanography, geography, environment science and also astronomy. Earth science students learn about and practice using the most current geological technologies including remote sensing, aerial photographic interpretation and geographical information systems. Students interested in oceanography are engaged in marine conservation, marine resource management and learn about the important interactions between ocean, climate and man. In the atmosphereic sciences students are exposed to the fundamental science behind meteorological phenomena like hurricanes and tropical storms, learn about weather prediction and gain insights to the climate change debate. What distinguishes the Earth Science programs in the School of Natural Sciences is students have an opportunity to engage in broad interdisciplanry studies of the policy and politics, and conservation and resource management issues important in the Earth Sciences today. We aim to build a community with a greater understanding of the role science plays in society.
The mission of the faculty from these diverse specialty in earth science is to provide students with strong scientific background, interdisciplinary problem solving skills and strong communication skills.