New majors in geology and public health announced

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Posted: 02/12/2013

Keystone College continues to expand its academic offerings with the introduction of two new bachelor’s degrees in public health and geology, both starting in the fall of 2013.

Public Health
The new public health offering will enable students to pursue a wide variety of careers involving public health and related professions, such as medicine, epidemiology, health education, law, business, and social work.

“Public health has become a critical issue not only in the United States but around the world,” said Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Allied Health Programs Dr. Dorothy Anthony “This new major will help prepare students to pursue careers in a profession that is vitally important to our society.”

The flexibility of the public health curriculum enables students to incorporate various aspects of their liberal arts education including biology, business, communications and education. Other choices for careers or post-graduate studies include psychology, information technology, homeland security, and sociology.      

The new geology program seeks to provide students with a broad understanding of fundamental workings of the earth, including plate tectonics, natural resource and mineral formation, weathering and erosion, and climate change.

This four-year degree combines classroom instruction with extensive training in laboratory and field skills and is intended to prepare a new generation of geoscience professionals to work in a variety of fields such as the natural gas industry, environmental consulting, and positions with state, local and national environmental agencies. 

The program is designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Pennsylvania State Fundamentals of Geology Exam, which allows them to apply for a Professional Geologist (PG) license after five years of geologic work experience.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects job growth in geo-science jobs over the coming decade to expand at a rate exceeding many other professions. Salary rates are expected to be significantly higher than average.   

“There are many geo-science jobs and a huge shortage of qualified workers. Keystone graduates will be well positioned to compete for these openings in the future,” said Dr. Ian Saginor, Keystone assistant professor in the Division of Natural Science and Mathematics.  

For more information about the new bachelor of science degrees in public health and geology visit our majors page or call the Keystone Office of Admissions, 1-877-4COLLEGE.