Earth Science

Make a difference in the world through the study of things like climate change, hydrogeology, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.

The Earth Science major provides a broad-based science education with focus on the earth’s systems, including the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere. You gain an understanding of the major features of each of these systems with foundational courses in earth system science, environmental earth science, historical geology, and earth materials. Elective courses in the program include hydrogeology, structural field geology, geographic information systems, geochemistry, ecology, and field biology. You can opt to participate in internships, research projects, or serve as teaching assistants. The program prepares you for a wide variety of careers in the private and government sectors including the fields of environmental science, geotechnical services, natural hazards mitigation, mining and petroleum industries, and resource management. It also provides an excellent foundation if you are interested in continuing your education with graduate work in the natural sciences. You may complete additional courses required for secondary teaching certification.

Related Careers

• Earth Science teacher, postsecondary, $94,520
• Secondary school teacher, $62,870
• Environmental Engineer, $92,120
• Hydrologist, $84,040
• Environmental Scientist and Specialist, $73,230
• Geoscientist, $93,580
• Cartographer, $68,360

Career data and salary information is from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

“Without the opportunities and support provided by professors and advisors at LC State, I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today. The research experience I gained during undergrad has put me a step ahead of the game when it comes to getting internships and graduate assistantships...” - Randi Bowman ‘16

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