Students who choose to major in the earth sciences bring together a range of science fields including meteorology, astronomy, hydrology, environment and geology. You'll start with a base of math and physics taught by professors who excel at research into the latest issues of earth science and practice in an array of up-to-date laboratory and research facilities. You'll be able to tailor your selected emphasis through a range of electives and develop the skills to practice what you learn in those laboratories, and through student research, internships and fieldwork experiences.
- Program structured to accommodate students interested earning an additional major or multiple minors.
- Active student organizations that engage earth science students socially and in community, state and world issues related to weather, wind energy and water.
- Faculty engaged in research that addresses current issues and topics relevant to changes in the Earth.
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training for students interested in the environment.
- Select classes are available online.
- New laboratories and classrooms under development in the $45 million Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF)
- Host of the annual Northern Plains Winter Storm Conference
- Host of 2013 Mobile Laboratory Coalition Conference for STEM educators, professionals and partners.
- Storm Chase Club
- National Weather Association, Central Minnesota Chapter
- Hydrology Club
- Wind Energy Association
University Facts & Stats
- $106 million in scholarships loans and grants
- 39 Education Abroad programs offered
- $600,000 National Science Foundation grant helps support students who pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers
- 45,000 middle and high school students served by Science Express, a mobile science lab
- 1 of 56 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award winners