Prospective Students

Welcome to the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences seeks to educate our students for a lifetime of intellectual pursuits and to contribute to the knowledge of Earth and its history and processes. Our programs place an emphasis on student-faculty collaboration on research, independent study, and hands-on laboratory experience. Many of our courses have some component of field work, giving students the opportunity to explore real world geologic problems and apply the skills they have learned in class, frequently in beautiful settings.

About the Department

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Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences provides our undergraduate students with an education in both the science of Geology as well as valuable more general skills in scientific reasoning and expression that can be applied to many fields. We offer several major and minor programs. After graduation, our majors go on to careers in many areas ranging from government research to business and law. Many also go on to specialize through further academic study.

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