Earth Science is the study of our planet, including its materials, structure, processes, and history. Earth materials, such as water, oil, coal, metals, and soil, are our primary resources. Understanding Earth’s structure helps us to find and collect these essential resources. Studying Earth processes such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, floods, and landslides, not only helps us understand how Earth materials form, but also helps us to avoid the hazards they pose to human life and property. Studying Earth’s history helps us to understand present day processes in such as climate change by examining similar changes in the past.
Many Earth Scientists work in environmental and engineering consulting firms, alternative energy generation, mining and petroleum industries, ground water and hydrology, geo-hazards analysis and risk assessment, and Earth science education. Earth Scientists work in a variety of setting including outdoors fieldwork, laboratories, offices, and classrooms. They use a wide variety of techniques including chemical and physical analysis, satellite imagery and spatial analysis, and computer modeling. This work often involves travel and physical activity.
Our department offers the following options to study Earth Science:
- Major in Earth Science (28-29 credits) - More information
- Minor in Earth Science (16 credits) - More information
- Certificate in Earth Science - More Information; Download Certificate Application
Further information for students:
Earth Science courses are listed under the GEO course numbers.
Last modified: Nov 26, 2013