Environmental and Earth Science, BA/BS

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Earth & Geographic Sciences
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In Short

The Environmental and Earth Science (EES) program takes a holistic view of our world, encompassing fields of study such as geology, oceanography, meteorology, climatology, hydrogeology, and planetary science.

Program Overview

Rather than treat Earth as an isolated entity, the systems approach in EES examines the effect of human activity on Earth's systems (for example, global environmental change).

Students interested in environmental science are well served by our department. With the guidance of an advisor, they select a coherent plan of EES courses concerned with the environment, plus a foundation of relevant chemistry and biology courses.

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EES and You

The faculty of the Earth and Geographic Sciences Department is committed to excellent teaching in a challenging yet cooperative atmosphere.

Students utilize scientific methods and hypothesis testing as a way of understanding the natural world. They explore the distribution and interaction of natural and human systems on global, regional, and local scales.

A large part of the learning is experiential and steeped in investigation. This teaches essential content knowledge and skills in critical thinking and problem solving.

Hands-on experiences in the laboratory and the field bring together theory and application, contribute to scholarly development, and prepare students for a range of careers.

As members of the global scientific community we value leadership, a culture of sustainability, lifelong learning and promotion of science as a way of knowing.

Experiential Opportunities


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Study Abroad

Faculty-led study abroad course opportunities also increase student life-transforming experiences, as do student/faculty cooperative research projects.
Read more about: Study Abroad

Curriculum and Other Information

Our majors have pursued employment in environmental and earth science-related fields, including (but not limited to):

  • Geologist
  • Seismologist
  • Hydrologist
  • Environmental Scientist/Consultant
  • Environmental health and safety coordinator
  • Forestry technician
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Atmospheric Scientist
  • Soil Scientist
  • Inventory Arborist
  • Earth Science or Geography Teacher

Many of our graduates are accepted to programs of advanced studies in graduate schools at colleges and universities throughout the country.