Dean's Message


Dean's Message

I’m delighted to introduce Rowan University’s new School of Earth & Environment, created to provide students with pathways into some of the most exciting and important careers of the 21st century. From climate change to sea level rise to environmental restoration, students in the school learn the issues and acquire the tools to make a difference in the world. Our degree programs offer an unparalleled level of hands-on field experience and career preparation. The nearby Rowan Fossil Park provides an outdoor laboratory for exploring our planet’s ancient life, as well as the geology, flora and fauna of the mid-Atlantic. Access to this world-class fossil site sets our programs apart and quickly immerses our students in the world of research.

Our departments offer a wide selection of opportunities for students interested in global environmental issues, sustainability and Earth’s ancient past. Each program is globally focused and experientially driven. Students in Geology prepare for careers in geological consulting, paleontology, and other geoscience fields. Our Geography students receive training in geographic information systems (GIS), urban and land use planning, and the development of sustainable cities. All of our degree programs prepare students for immediate career opportunities and serve as a springboard for those wishing to pursue graduate research degrees or professional degrees, such as environmental law or green MBAs.

Our outstanding faculty includes globally recognized leaders in their fields. The many research endeavors of our professors include the NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex mission to the Asteroid Belt, studying climate change through ice cores in Greenland, excavating giant dinosaurs from the badlands of Patagonia, and planning the sustainable cities of tomorrow. Participation in these projects, alongside our researchers, provides transformative experiences for our students and prepares the next generation of scientists and scholars for the challenges ahead.

Come explore with us, in the School of Earth & Environment.

Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D.

Founding Dean