Using a background in geology or atmospheric science as their foundation, students can use an interdisciplinary approach to study ground-water contamination, landfill management, landslide risk, urban planning, climate change, and many other contemporary environmental issues.
Environmental scientists must develop quantitative problem-solving skills acquired in an educational framework that couples their geological and/or atmospheric science background with basic principles of chemistry, physics, mathematics, and engineering to meet the challenges facing the environment.
Environmental employment areas include science, engineering, and consulting, particularly on decisions regarding environmental public policy. There are also many opportunities for graduate education in these areas.
Purdue Environmental Geoscience Related Groups:
- Filley Biogeochemistry Group
Study of the fundamental processes controlling carbon and nitrogen cycling in soil, litter, and streams within natural and managed ecosystems.
- Purdue Climate Change Research Group
The Purdue Climate Change Research Center (PCCRC) was chartered in 2004 to create a world-class multidisciplinary research center focused on interrelated aspects of climate change, its impacts, and mitigation.