Earth and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Program

Disciplines within the earth and environmental sciences are directed toward understanding the terrestrial system from the core of the Earth to beyond our solar system. Students will conduct applied and basic research in an effort to understand physical processes on and within the Earth, and human influences that affect the environment. Environmental science is the study of interactions within the Earth's biosphere, concentrating on natural and man-made perturbations such as pollution. 

Degrees Offered

B.S. in Environmental Science(opens in new window)

The BS in Environmental Science prepares students for careers in areas such as pollution remediation, resource conservation, or environmental management, as well as providing a firm foundation for graduate studies.

B.S. in Geology(opens in new window)

Geology is the study of processes occurring in or on the Earth. The BS in Geology prepares students for careers or graduate education in fields such as resource exploration, hydrogeology, or environmental geology.

B.S. Geosciences(opens in new window)

The BS in Geosciences is designed for students who plan to become high school science teachers. It provides students with the required subject matter competency to enter a single-subject credential program in science with a concentration in Geoscience.

Minor in Geology(opens in new window)

A minor in geology allows students from other majors to develop a comprehensive, yet concise, understanding of earth processes. Building on core courses in physical, historical, and field geology, students select two additional courses as electives from the wide array of subdisciplines. Some examples of elective courses include paleontology, mineralogy, petrology, structural geology, hydrogeology, volcanology, geochemistry, and economic geology.