Cedarville University Starts New Geoscience Program

by Public Relations

Cedarville University recently added a Bachelor of Arts degree in geosciences. Featuring the best elements of both programs, the geosciences major is a hybrid of the geology and environmental science majors.

While geology prepares students for higher education, the new geosciences major will prepare students who are interested in environmental fields to directly enter professions like environmental or geological consulting. These jobs might include work in groundwater pollution and contamination, research in cleaning up an oil spill, or pollution problems with landfills. Students of the geosciences program will be prepared to apply their knowledge of geology to problems that directly affect the environment.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, between 2008 and 2018, employment rates are expected to increase 18 percent for geoscientists. The bureau cites an increased need for energy and responsible natural resource management as a major reason this field is expected to grow more quickly than many other industries in the next few years.

John Whitmore, Ph.D., professor of geology, says that it is vital for Christians to be involved in these types of fields. “As Christians we need to be concerned about our environment,” he says. “We need graduates to know how to fix the problems we create and be the good stewards of Genesis 1. These programs will help us fulfill that mandate.”

The new major was approved by the Ohio Board of Regents this summer and is projected to be included in the 2011–2012 academic catalog.

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,200 undergraduate, graduate, and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings, and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at www.cedarville.edu.