The earth and environmental sciences encompass a wide variety of studies of our planet, including the study of its composition, structure, prehistoric life, internal and surficial processes, and history. These studies have important implications for understanding how our planet functions, as well as for understanding the interactions between humans and their environment. The discipline includes numerous applications in the discovery and use of mineral, energy, and water resources; in the protection and restoration of the environment; and in planning for the impacts of natural hazards (earthquakes, landslides, etc.) and climate change on global societal development. Students undertake the study of earth and environmental sciences in the classroom, laboratory, and field.
Students in earth and environmental sciences earn the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Geological Sciences. The B.S. program is designed for students who plan a career as a professional geologist or who plan to attend graduate school. The B.A. program is designed for students planning a career in public policy relating to earth science and environmental issues, earth-science education, business (environmental consulting), environmental law, or environmental medicine.
120 hours (minimum)
Any student earning a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree must complete a minimum of 39 hours at the 300+ level. These hours are generally completed by the Major Requirements. However, keep this hour requirement in mind as you choose your course work for the requirements in the major. See the complete description of College requirements for a Bachelor of Arts degree .