Earth sciences

Earth scientists study natural hazards, climate and environmental change, groundwater, lakes, oceans, earthquakes, volcanoes, tectonics, minerals, fossils, soils, sediments, rocks—the Earth itself. Evolved from the field of geology, Earth scientists explore the natural processes that have been active on our planet from its origin to today.

They use tools from physics, chemistry, biology, and mathematics to build quantitative understandings of how the Earth system works, how it evolved to its current state, and the natural and anthropogenic changes that are now constantly taking place. Understanding these Earth processes is often the most important step in creating environmentally sustainable communities.


  • Environmental scientist
  • Geologist
  • Hydrogeologist
  • Geomicrobiologist
  • Water resources manager
  • Exploration geophysicist
  • Research scientist
  • University or college professor
  • Mining geologist
  • Oil field services

What will I study?

This interdisciplinary program provides you with a strong foundation in mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, and geophysics. You are encouraged to choose from several elective courses to meet your interests, match your talents and prepare for a successful career.

You may also choose a broad-based curriculum or focus on one specialty area. Our research labs and teaching facilities are new and equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation—and are among the best in the world.

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