Earth and Environmental Sciences

Earth and Environmental Sciences

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Who are we?

Geology is the study of Earth's past and the processes that have occurred throughout its history, and continue to alter our planet. Environmental science is the study of interactions within the Earth's biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and geosphere, concentrating on natural and man-made perturbations such as pollution and changes to our climate and environment. 

Disciplines within the Earth and Environmental Sciences are directed toward understanding the terrestrial systems from the earth's core to beyond our solar system. Students in our department have the opportunity to conduct applied and basic research in an effort to understand physical processes on and within the Earth, and human influences that affect the environment.

Curious about what a Geology or Environmental Science degree can do for you? Hear it straight from our faculty, students, and staff, while we explore the geological and environmental surroundings in and around Chico through this short video: