The Geology Department offers three designated POEs plus the scope to fashion your own in conjunction with faculty members in other departments.
- Geology POE - serves the individual wanting a career as a practicing geologist, or who is graduate school bound. This POE points toward eventual State Certification as a Professional Geologist, a credential vital to many careers in environmental consulting.
- Environmental Geology - serves the individual wanting to focus their geology education on problems of profound societal importance, such as managing water and energy resources, mitigating pollution and climate change, and addressing land use changes. This POE differs from the Geology POE by including an increased emphasis on physical environmental science, a focus on upper-level courses that emphasize applied geosciences as opposed to core geosciences, and Societal Impacts courses in which students must directly engage with how humans interact with the Earth system. This POE may also point toward eventual State Certification as a Professional Geologist, a credential vital to many careers in environmental consulting.
- Earth and Space Science/Secondary Education - designed for those wishing to teach earth science [geology, astronomy, oceanography & meteorology] at the secondary school level.
- Many students write a combined POE that emphasizes Geology and Environmental Science.