Earth and Geographic Sciences Department
Take an in-depth look at the natural and social world with the Earth and Geographic Sciences Department. Study physical and human environments as scientific systems and examine the world around you.
Develop a rich understanding of these natural and social systems by cultivating your analytical abilities in both the field and laboratory environments.
Plan Your Study
We offer majors and minors in Earth Systems Science and Geographic Science & Technology, as well as an interdisciplinary minor in Geographic Information System (GIS). We are also home to Physics, offering service courses to our majors and to those of diverse departments.
Our faculty’s expertise ranges from climate change, GIS, geology, and environmental sciences. This diversity ensures that graduates emerge with a dynamic understanding of these disciplines.
Internships available to students and employment opportunities for graduates include positions in government agencies, scientific research institutes, and private industries.
These suggested four year plans of study documents offer a general idea of what your academic pursuit might look like:
- Earth Systems Science (2015-2016 semester) (PDF)
- Geographic Science and Technology (2015-2016 semester) (PDF)
Programs (Majors & Minors)
Dr. Reid Parsons helped commemorate the inauguration of Richard S. Lapidus as Fitchburg State's 11th President by discussing his NASA-funded research on Mars climate change.
Dr. Parsons kicked off a week of events celebrating the occasion by representing the high-level research taking place at FSU. Dr. Parsons delivered an engaging talk in which audience members participated in modeling the locations of the planets in the inner solar system.
The presentation discussed the exploration of Mars and its place in popular culture, followed by a look at the data that has been collected from an international campaign of robotic spacecraft. Fantastic, high-resolution images taken from orbit and from the rovers/landers on the ground provide evidence for past climate change on Mars which parallels some of the natural climate variability that has occurred on the Earth.