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The B.S. in Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Geoscience Concentration, is a 120-credit program providing students with broad understanding of geosciences with a focus on a human-earth interaction. Coursework is designed for development of communication, critical thinking, field and technical skills, such as GIS and remote sensing. This fully online geoscience concentration is specifically designed for community college transfer students. All courses are offered online, synchronously with on-campus courses, using blackboard as delivery platform.

Certificate Option

Undergraduate Certificate in Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT), accredited by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, provides students with capabilities in Geospatial Intelligence and opportunities for work in the Intelligence Community and allied disciplines. Students enrolled in the online geoscience concentration can complete the GEOINT certificate in conjunction with their B.S. program.

Field Experience Options

  • A 5-day GEOG4950 Field Mapping course offered on the campus of NCCU during the May intersession.  
  • Fall and spring field trips to Morgan State University’s PEARL Research Facility and Turtle Cove Environmental Research Station in Manchac, LA. Meet faculty and students and learn about green energy generation, water quality, and wetland restoration.

Acknowledgement: Development of this program has been supported in part by the NSF GEOPATHS grant # 1911558.

One of the strengths of the Department of Environmental, Earth and Geospatial Sciences, this program’s home department, is a number of cultivated local government, non-profit and business partnerships, ensuring high rate of student summer internships and practical training placements. According to US Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/), geoscience occupation is projected to grow 6 percent from 2018 to 2028 due to demand for energy, other natural resources and environmental stewardship. This degree will prepare students for most entry-level geoscience careers, such as:

  • GIS/mapping technician
  • Transportation analyst
  • Junior geologist
  • Geological field technician
  • Junior hydrologist
  • Environmental project manager
  • Water resource manager
  • Geohazard mitigation planer
  • Earth science teacher

Graduates of the program have been accepted to Masters and PhD programs in geology, geography, environmental, atmospheric, energy and geospatial sciences. Program alumni are currently enrolled in the Masters and PhD programs at NCSU, NC A&T, UNC-Greensboro and UNC-Charlotte.

Estimated Tuition and Fees Per Credit Hour

*Please note: Tuition & Fees are subject to change*

Scholarships: 

  • Department awards several scholarships annually – Nan Freeland, Dr. Jasper Harris and Parrish-Evans Scholarships.
  • Summer stipends and travel expenses are available for transfer students from partner community colleges interested in taking on-campus GEOG4950 Field Mapping course and/or participating in field trips.

Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better.  The last 30 hours must be completed at NCCU.  Students must achieve a minimum grade of “C” in all courses listed as part of the Required Core (23 hours) as well as all courses used to satisfy requirements listed for the Geoscience Concentration (30 hours).

See university admission deadlines for freshman or transfer students.

Dr. Gordana Vlahovic, Chair

Office: (919) 530-5172

Email: gvlahovic@nccu.edu

Dr. Chris McGinn, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Office: (919) 530-6269

Email: cmcginn@nccu.edu

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Program Summary