Undergraduate Education

The field of geosciences is central to many of the most pressing issues of today’s world: Earth resources and energy; natural hazards; human/environment interaction; and climate change. Through diverse coursework, small class sizes, and strong field and laboratory programs, the Department of Geosciences empowers students to understand how the Earth works and how to solve real-world problems.

Geoscience is a unique blend of lab experiments, field observation, data analysis, and computer modeling. Courses in geosciences apply principles of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics to real Earth problems, deal with length scales from global to atomic, and consider time scales from billions of years to less than a second. The flexible academic program allows students to develop individualized course of study.

Undergraduates studying geosciences often pursue careers in basic research, the energy industry, and education. Geosciences also provides a foundation for careers in applied research, environmental consulting, engineering, public policy, conservation, resource economics, environmental education, and general consulting.

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Undergraduate Work Committee

Adam Maloof, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Satish Myneni, Senior and Junior Adviser
Laure Resplandy, Senior and Junior Adviser
Allan Rubin, Senior and Junior Adviser

Other Department Contacts

Bess Ward, Department Chair
Nora Zelizer, Department Manager
Sheryl Robas, Graduate/Undergraduate Coordinator

Undergraduate brochure

Last Update: 07/25/2022
This brochure is meant to give comprehensive coverage of the academic requirements for GEO undergraduate students and provide information on individual courses offered.


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