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Environmental Analysis & Planning (EVAP) Program

Collection of Photo of EVAP Students in lab and Field

See also Bachelor in Environmental Analysis and Planning web page

What is Environmental Analysis & Planning (EVAP)

The EVAP program at Frostburg State University (FSU) is an interdisciplinary program under the auspices of the Departments of Geography and Biology. Students in the EVAP program receive the knowledge and tools necessary to bridge the gap between natural resource development and environmental protection. The program is unique among environmental science programs, in that the courses include the science background necessary to analyze environmental problems and the technical skills necessary to design solutions that mitigate environmental problems. The EVAP program does not just discuss environmental problems, but provides the hands on experience with tools necessary to collect environmental data, analysis the problem and design solutions.

Student Collecting Soil Data



Students examining wetland soils. 

Students learn skills such as wetland delineation from the EVAP program.


Students will develop skills such as storm water management, laboratory techniques, wetland delineation, site analysis, surveying, mapping sciences, impact assessment, landscape grading, and computer application which can open the door to a variety of professional positions and graduate schools. The breadth of the program provides students with a unique flexibility enabling them to work productively in number of capacities within the environmental field.

Internships and student employment

Many students engage in internships and/or summer employment in the environmental fields. FSU has a close working relationship with the United State Geological Service, the Maryland Bureau of Mines, Natural resources Conservation Service, and numerous engineering consulting firms and environmental planning organizations.

Students looking at Detention basin


Students taking a first hand look at storm water detention basin. 


EVAP students apply soils, hydrology, mapping knowledge to design of storm water management facilities.

Department Facilities

The EVAP program is based in Gunter Hall which includes three PC-based computer labs equipped with specialized equipment and computer programs used in mapping, science and engineering design courses. Software include AutoCad (computer aided design) used in engineering and surveying courses, ArcInfo (GIS software) used in GIS and planning courses, ENVI remote sensing software, and others. The Department of Geography has extensive field equipment and laboratories used for surveying (7 Total Stations with data collectors), soils investigation and hydrology. The Biology and Chemistry departments are housed in the Compton Science center which includes a herbarium, extensive vertebrate and invertebrate collections, and a modern limnology laboratory which are used by EVAP students

Students in Classroom


Students in the Engineering computer lab.

Career Opportunities

Tim Martin Presenting at Career Day


Tim Martin a FSU graduate and owner of Bay Engineering.

A degree in EVAP gives a student several different career options. Many recent graduates have gained employment with federal organization such as EPA, US Geological Survey, NOAO, NRCS, and the National Park Service. A major employer of EVAP graduates are environmental and engineering design firms other graduates have been employed by a variety of state and local planning, natural resource management agencies, and surveying/engineering companies. Graduates from the EVAP major are readily accepted into graduate program across the country. EVAP graduates have been in demand with most graduates having multiple job offers before graduation. The Department consistently receives more requests for EVAP majors than can be filled by current graduates.

Positions of recent graduates include:

  • Environmental Planner/Scientist, McCormick, Taylor & Associates
  • Planner, Greenhorne & O'Mara
  • Engineer, Allegany Ballistics Laboratory
  • Hydrologist, USGS

Graduate schools recent alumni attended:

  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Tennessee
  • Montana State University
  • University of Virginia
  • Syracuse University

Browse the Department of Geography Alumni page for more information and descriptions of EVAP careers.