Earth sciences

Earth Sciences Students

Undergraduate degrees: BA or BS
Undergraduate minor

About the major

Earth sciences caters to a wide variety of interests, including the outdoors, water and mineral resources, environmental issues that impact society, natural hazards such as volcanoes and earthquakes, human health, and more. Earth sciences undergraduates use leading-edge tools—from supercomputing to remote sensing to advanced spectroscopy to modern data science—in order to study issues related to climate change, the environment, the oceans, and earth's interior. A degree in earth sciences gives students the skills and community to succeed in an array of careers, including teaching, research, environmental technology, law, journalism, design, medicine, and business, all of which increasingly require a deep understanding of global change and the earth environment.

The earth sciences are broad and multidisciplinary, so our major offers unusual diversity in your path to a degree. Each student creates a course roadmap from a range of electives and research opportunities and picks their own emphasis from the following tracks: environmental geoscience, geology, geophysics, or paleontology.

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