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Human & Environmental Systems Major

B.S. Earth and Environmental Science Degree information

The Department of Earth & Environmental Systems offers a Bachelor of Science in Human and Environmental Systems with concentrations in anthropology, geography, and GIScience

Course work includes a core of courses and laboratory work in environmental science, world culture and environments, earth science, and conservation and sustainability. In addition Each student selects a concentration in one (or more) of the following areas. 


Programs Advisor Requirements Outcomes
Anthropology                                Dr. Russ Stafford PDF
Geography Dr. Susan Berta PDF
GIScience Dr. Susan Berta PDF

Human and Environmental Systems Concentrations:

Anthropology:

Archaeology Field Site

This concentration focuses on the interrelationships of humans and the environment including human adaptation, the emergence of humans, and the influence of humans on the environment.   Course work includes study in physical and cultural anthropology and archeology, human evolution, human ecology, and electives selected from areas such as prehistory and forensic anthropology.  Anthropology is a broad and dynamic field that studies humanity from a holistic perspective.  Since anthropology is such a broad field, we help students to tailor their education to fit with their career goals. Graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as museum and foundation work, and positions with cultural resource or environmental management firms.

The faculty in Anthropology at ISU specialize in human behavior, people and cultures from the past, and the forensic study of human remains.  Students pursue course work in many contexts including some with hands on experience by participating in archeological excavation, the analysis of artifacts, or the study of human remains in a laboratory setting. 

Geography:

Dendro

This concentration focuses on human and physical geography, including the use of geotechniques.  Graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as environmental consulting, emergency management planning, climatology, economic development, global studies, data management, land use planning, and careers in environmental protection. Student may obtain the Geographic Information Science Certificate simultaneously.

GIScience:

ArcMap

This concentration focuses on the full range of spatial analysis tools, including statistics, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).  Graduates are prepared for careers in areas such as GIS specialist, cartographer, and remote sensing analyst as well as careers in environmental management. Student may obtain the Geographic Information Science Certificate simultaneously.


Faculty:

Students benefit from one-on-one guidance from dedicated faculty mentors with diverse expertise. Most hold doctoral degrees—and all engage in research and scholarly publication. Course work is further enriched with lectures and presentations by visiting scholars from abroad.

Take a look at our faculty to learn more about each of us and the potential opportunities we have to offer.  We look forward to hearing from you!
Stephen Aldrich: Environmental Science, GIS
Susan Berta: Remote Sensing, Geomorphology
William Dando: Emeritus Professor of Geography
Mohamed Elyassini: Global Studies, Human Geography
Kathleen Heath: Evolutionary Ecology, Mating and Parenting Strategies, Life History, Collective Action  
Nancy Obermeyer: GIS, Urban Geography, Cultural Geography
Steven Pontius: Emeritus Professor of Geography
Shawn Phillips: Biological Anthropology, Forensic Anthropology, Bioarchaeology, Health and Disease
C. Russell Stafford: Archaeology, Geoarchaeology, Hunter Gatherers, GIS, Midwest Prehistory
Qihao Weng: Remote Sensing, GIS, Environmental Modeling

Classroom and Research Laboratories:
Classroom activities and research are enhanced by state-of-the-art laboratories, field camps, and fieldwork as part of faculty research projects around the nation. Internships are available.

Social Organizations:
A number of activities and organizations are available that enable students to interact with other students and professionals in the industry. Student organizations include:

  • Anthropology Club, 
  • Earth Science Club
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon, Kappa Nu Chapter,
  • In addition, the department regularly hosts special events

Programs Advisor Requirements Outcomes
Anthropology                                Dr. Russ Stafford PDF
Geography Dr. Susan Berta PDF
GIScience Dr. Susan Berta PDF