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Undergraduate Program

The Earth and Planetary Sciences study the past, present, and future of the Earth and other planets. Our scientists address fundamental scientific questions important for understanding the Earth and society’s connection to it. Courses in the degree program focus on physical, chemical, and biological processes affecting the Earth system spanning vast spatial and temporal scales, from the atomic to the interplanetary and from the origin of the solar system to the modern day.

The Earth major prepares students for a range of future career trajectories including: graduate study, environmental consulting, energy exploration and production, natural resources management, law, and medicine. It is ideal for the undergraduate who is interested in the big picture of science and the world around them.

Earth majors are involved in the full spectrum of departmental activities beyond coursework, including research, seminars, field trips, and social functions. Many do research projects with faculty and graduate students that lead to honors theses and scientific publications.