Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies (CEESS)
The Center for Environmental, Earth and Space Studies (CEESS) offer a unique variety of interdisciplinary degree programs that a student may choose to pursue. Degrees in Environmental Studies include both B.S. and M.S. and a B.S. or B.A. with a geology minor is also available.
Environmental scientists work toward defining and solving environmental problems caused by the actions of human beings. Their training is broad-based and encompasses the natural sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences. Their primary ethical concern is human stewardship of the earth.
Students in the CEESS program are concerned with both the technological problems and social aspects of environmental issues. Working in cooperation with the CEESS, they may participate in applied research. Their interdisciplinary course work includes the study of scientific principles used in environmental problem solving, and the study of the impact of economics, politics, and other social systems on environmental policies and practices.
The minor in geology is coupled with a strong science major is valuable as preparation for graduate study in geology and related areas. A graduate degree is usually required for career advancement beyond entry level positions.
The study of planetary systems is grounded in the natural sciences. Planetary exploration, however, requires expertise in additional areas including social sciences, humanities, arts, history, business, law, and recreation. CEESS provides the administration of the Space Studies program. Students may pursue Space Studies as a minor.
Bemidji State University is a member of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium which is funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).Because of the breadth of study necessary to prepare for upper division courses, students are urged to declare in the major during their freshman or sophomore year.