Geobiology Program, Pennsylvania State University
The Geobiology program is one of five undergraduate major programs (six including an integrated BS/MS option) offered by the Geosciences department at the Pennsylvania State University. It is oriented toward students preparing for advanced studies in this emerging discipline, and for careers in the environmental sciences.
Connecting to the Future of Science
Geobiology is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth and its biosphere. It embraces the history of life and its interactions with the earth over geologic time; it also includes study of interactions between living organisms and physical and chemical processes in the modern environment on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe. Thus, geobiology encompasses the fields of paleobiology and paleontology, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology and astrobiology.
The degree program provides students with a strong background in general science and especially in Geosciences and Biology, with core selections from both disciplines. Students gain practical field experience in the study of the physical environment and ecological properties. The senior thesis provides students with hands-on research experience, as well as an emphasis on data synthesis and the written expression of scientific observations and ideas. Students will be well prepared for advanced studies in this emerging discipline, and for careers in the environmental sciences.
Courses and Sequencing
The curriculum for this program is illustrated in the image at the top of this page. You can see a larger version by clicking on that image, or by downloading this PDF version. (Acrobat (PDF) 585kB Feb26 07) Alternatively, you can read the detailed list of requirements from Penn State's Geosciences department by following the link on their website.