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An understanding of the earth’s environmental problems and their potential solutions.

Go far beyond the traditional classroom to study and understand the complex interplay of the Earth’s systems. As a geoscience student, you will undertake an interdisciplinary investigation of the materials that compose the planet, the processes that continuously change it and the evolution of the earth and life through time. Drawing upon aspects of chemistry, biology and physics, your studies will tread upon the challenges of earth’s dwindling resources, natural hazard identification, the safe disposal of dangerous waste materials and human environmental impact

Harness your ability to think critically and adapt your education at a high level out of the classroom. We train you to use emerging technological tools, such as GPS and GIS, and take them to the field as we visit some of the world’s best geological exposures. In our modern laboratories, you will access extensive rock, mineral, fossil and map collections and use computers that model complex systems and simulate geological processes. 

Sample Courses

  • Earthquakes and Volcanoes
  • Geology of America’s National Parks
  • Earth and the Environment
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Weather, Climate and Climate Change
  • Geological Field Experiences
  • Mineralogy
  • Map Interpretation
  • Geochemistry
  • Applied Hydrogeology
  • Environmental Geophysics 

Career Options

  • Graduate Programs
  • Environmental Consulting
  • Mining
  • Energy Industries
  • Education
  • Government
  • Academia 

Address and solve applied environmental problems.

Majors and Minors