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The School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences is home to the Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences program offering a range of undergraduate degrees.

The programs in Earth, Atmosphere, Ocean and Environmental 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 major in Environmental Science is an interdisciplinary program and provides students with a strong background in science and fundamentals as they relate to the environment. The program is designed to prepare graduates for technical positions in the environmental industry and/or to continue their education in the graduate level. The program also prepares students to pursue positions related to the environment in the fields of law, business, sociology, health, and political science. The B.S. in Sustainability Science, is the only degree of its kind in New Jersey and one of only a dozen degree programs in the nation with such a focus. The mission of this program is to prepare students in the emerging discipline of sustainability science that focuses in three main areas: environment, economy, and society.

The strong interdisciplinary approach and system approach to study the earth and environment as a system cover a wide aspect from the traditional earth and environmental science specialty areas such as geology, geochemistry, meteorology, oceanography, geography, environment science and also astronomy. Students in our program learn about and practice using the most current geological and geochemical technologies including X-ray absorption spectroscopy, 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 atmospheric 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 SESS programs is students have an opportunity to engage in broad interdisciplinary studies of the policy and politics, and conservation and resource management issues important today. We aim to build a community with a greater understanding of the role science plays in society. The mission of the faculty from SESS is to provide students with strong scientific background, interdisciplinary problem solving skills and strong communication skills.

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