The School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES) is a new unit established August, 2006 comprised of the former Program in Environmental Science & Regional Planning and Department of Geology. The School offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Bachelor of Science in Geology, Master of Science in Environmental Science, Master of Science in Geology, Doctor of Philosophy (Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences) and Doctor of Philosophy (Geology). The Masters and Bachelors degrees in Environmental Science are offered at WSU Tri-Cities. A Masters of Science in Environmental Science is offered at WSU Vancouver. Minors in Environmental Science and Geology are available.
The SEES focuses on the study of the earth, the environment, and the role of humans in modifying earth and environmental systems. SEES investigates the materials and processes of the geologic past to better understand the present and future states of our planet. Such materials and processes range in scale from the atomic structure of minerals to global patterns of geochemical cycling and climate change. Inherent in these studies is the application of the basic chemical, mathematical and physical sciences to investigate complex geologic and environmental systems. The study of human impact on the environment is inherently interdisciplinary, involving, in addition, biological and social sciences, as well as elements of policy, planning, and ethics. The interdisciplinary study of earth and environmental systems is the hallmark of the SEES approach to increasing understanding of the earth system and to providing a sound scientific basis for environmental decision-making.
Source: Department Website June 2010