Earth Science

The Earth Science major is a natural science program that prepares students for a variety of careers in the geosciences. Coursework in this major covers regional geological history; interpreting sediments, minerals, and rock types; field-based problem solving of geological questions; and student-led independent research through a capstone experience. The program encourages interdisciplinary work that prepares students with vital technical and field-based skills that can be applied to a variety of careers in scientific research, federal agencies, industry, consulting, or academia. 

Program Highlights

  • 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.

Program Distinctions

  • Select laboratories and classes in the Integrated Science and Engineering Laboratory Facility (ISELF).

Popular Careers

  • Geologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Seismologist
  • Forester
  • Oceanographer
  • Meteorologist
  • Astronomer