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Undergraduate Majors

Established in 1921, the Department of Geosciences (then Geology) is part of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, one of the original colleges of the University.

Our four modern BS degree programs are designed to provide the skills and knowledge required for a broad range of career paths. Regardless of specialty, you will gain a solid foundation in chemistry, physics, and math along with coursework in classic geological methods and topics.

Our Faculty
Dedicated to academic and professional excellence, our faculty members emphasize both fundamental and interdisciplinary study. Despite their high research productivity, our faculty are committed to delivering the very finest undergraduate geoscience education in the country.

Student Life
Life for our undergraduates is engaging. We offer ample opportunities for field experiences, and take great pride in our efforts to develop an active, supportive student community. One of our latest initiatives seeks to expand opportunities for international exchange programs.

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Maureen Feineman
Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

Our most popular degree offers a comprehensive background in traditional geology and is suitable for students who wish to work in the environmental or oil and gas industries, in hydrogeology, or continue to graduate school. 

Geosciences (BS)
Geosciences (BA)

Growing in popularity and providing a blend of courses in geoscience and the biological sciences, this degree is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in environmental geology, geochemistry, environmental microbiology, museum paleontology, and even medicine.


This newly developed degree program aims to create an exclusive cohort of professionals who combine a scientific understanding of natural Earth systems with a deep grasp for the social, economic, and political dimensions of environmental problems.

Earth Science and Policy

This degree offers flexibility and breadth across the geosciences, geography, and meteorology, and is ideal for students who wish to pursue careers in environmental science, teaching, or environmental law or policy.

Earth Sciences