Katherine Adelsberger, Environmental Studies
Understanding the Earth as a dynamic system is a necessary pre-requisite to solving many of our most pressing environmental problems. The Earth Science minor at Knox provides a foundation in physical geology and natural resource science, with a focus on the relationship between geologic processes and human interests. Students who complete the minor graduate with detailed knowledge of the science and current issues surrounding topics such as soils and agriculture, water resources, energy and climate change. Earth Science minors gain hands-on experience in field-based data collection, and are additionally encouraged to participate in field experiences including Environmental Field Studies and summer field schools, when offered.
Departmental Learning Goals
Students with an Earth Science minor will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the scientific method and the ability to think scientifically about earth processes and materials
- Collect, analyze, and interpret geological data appropriately
- Integrate an understanding of geology into an interdisciplinary context that incorporates societal issues and human interactions with the planet
- Communicate scientific information effectively in both oral and written forms