Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences students will find excellent opportunities to explore contemporary environmental issues and participate in scientific research with departmental faculty; whether in excellent facilities or in the current Gulf Coast environmental field laboratories.


A Glance at the Program

  • Consists of a multidisciplinary approach that combines natural science and research management
  • Students learn to analyze physical and socio-economic environments and to reach decisions concerning environmental use and management
  • Offers a core curriculum that is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in the earth and environmental sciences, as well as in the modern methods and techniques used by scientists and environmental professionals 
  • Techniques include cartography, remote sensing, geographic information systems (GIS), spatial statistics, and environmental sampling and surveying 
  • Classes generally host 25-35 students, while labs consist of 15-20 students.

Synchronous Online Classes

We will start offering synchronous master’s degree classes beginning in the Fall 2019 semester. Synchronous classes allow students to take classes online that are already being taught real-time in a face-to-face format. The synchronous online classes are a professional development opportunity for working professionals. Classes will be offered in the late afternoon and early evening so working professionals can attend. Classes offered synchronously in Fall 2019 will be Introduction to GIS and Urban Planning.


ABM student Michael Hopko outside of Senator Rick Scott's office

Research Highlights

Michael Hopko

Michael Hopko, ABM student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, was selected as one of 60 undergraduate students nationwide to present his research results on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Michael was selected by the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) from among 350 applicants to participate in this prestigious event. Michael and his mentor, Dr. Liebens, also visited the offices of Florida lawmakers to introduce his research and advocate for support for higher education in general and undergraduate research specifically.  


Department News

The GeoData Center is very pleased to be the recipient of the Gulf Power Foundation’s 2019 ‘Amplify!’ grant award.  The purpose of the $30,000 award is for investing in the growth and capacity of non-profit organizations offering quality and effective programs that help to achieve their mission of a strong sustainable community where Northwest Floridians can live vibrant, healthy, prosperous lives. The project is entitled “Empowering Tomorrow’s Scientists: Modernizing Student Environmental Research with Web GIS”.  The GeoData Center is partnering with the Booker T. Washington High School’s Marine Science Academy (MSA) to implement an ESRI ArcGIS Online web mapping solution that will help bring water quality data to life.