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Geoscience is concerned with Earth’s evolution and the complexity of its systems as a means of understanding and solving issues related to energy, water resources, and natural hazards.
Environmental studies focuses on the interaction between man and environment. The discipline uses an interdisciplinary lens to tackle some of our most pressing environmental challenges, including pollution, climate change, sustainability, and sea level rise.

As an environmental studies, earth sciences, or geosciences major, you will supplement the knowledge gained in advanced coursework with hands-on laboratory and field experiences. You will also develop transferable skills, such as quantitative, critical thinking, observational, investigative, problem-solving, communication, and report writing. Careers in geosciences include geoscientist, climatologist, park ranger, hydrologist, and meteorologist, while those in environmental studies include horticulturist, zoologist, teacher/educator, sustainability specialist, and consultant.

The Department of Earth and Environment offers the following undergraduate degrees:

Geosciences:

Environmental Studies:

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