Shippensburg University designed its Master of Science degree in geoenvironmental studies to provide scientists, planners, researchers, and educators with skills in four areas of emphasis:
- A broad understanding of the environment
- Technical and managerial skills needed to solve environmental problems
- Experience with geotechnology (GIS, GPS, and related field techniques)
- Practical field experience
The Department of Geography-Earth Science is well equipped with facilities including two GIS-oriented computer laboratories, a faculty/student research laboratory, soils laboratory, rock and mineral laboratory, climatological, and micrometeorological station, and air photo and map library. There is a wide range of field equipment and instrumentation including a total station and global positioning systems for topographic remote sensing, geologic, land use, meteorologic, hydrologic, soil, and subsurface surveys.
You can access geographic data services, work with aerial photographs and satellite images, and make professional- quality maps. Other equipment includes Trimble GPS receivers and software, color printers and a large format plotter.
Shippensburg University's campus is ideally located for fieldwork and internships related to geoenvironmental studies.
A large number of degree candidates opt for an internship with benefits such as:
- Exposure to the environmental problems and activities of a state or community as seen from the perspective of the agency or organization with which you are placed.
- An introduction to the environmentally related activities and projects of the agency or organization with which you work.
- Application of GIS in the workplace.
- Responsibility for completing a worthwhile project.
- Opportunity to apply geographic and environmental theory, techniques, and knowledge to real-life practices.
- Opportunity to gain professional experience in an applied area of the environment where deficiencies might exist.
- Opportunity to make contacts in the work force.
The high caliber of the work done by Shippensburg interns has enabled the university to establish and maintain internships with such governmental and private agencies as:
- Chesapeake Bay Foundation
- Bucks, Cumberland, & Franklin County planning commissions
- Departments of Conservation & Natural Resources (DCNR) and Environmental Protection (DEP)
- Greenhorne & O'Mora
- National and state parks
- National Audubon Society
- Sierra Club
- U.S. Geological Survey and the Department of Agriculture
- Environmental and engineering consulting firms such as Martin & Martin, Skelly & Loy, KCI Technologies, and Gannett Fleming
- National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA)
In some cases, an internship develops into an offer of employment after graduation. This has happened with agencies such as KCI Technologies, Weston and Associates, and the Pennsylvania Departments of Environmental Protection, and Conservation and Natural Resources.