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.

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Mitchell McMillan in the field doing research.

Research Spotlight

Mitchell McMillian (MS ‘16) has been awarded the 2016-7 UWF Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award for his thesis Evaluating and Developing Streambank Erosion Models in the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plains, recognizing his thesis as the top thesis submitted to any UWDF graduate program this year” Under the guidance of faculty advisor Dr. Johan Liebens, Mitchell developed a geospatial model as a new method to estimate streambank erosion in the local region, which is a major source of sediment and ecological processes. Learn more about Mitchell's work here to review his summary poster.  The Department congratulates Mitchell on this considerable achievement and thanks Dr. Liebens for his dedication and commitment as Mitchell’s thesis committee chair and advisor.