The School of Earth, Environment and Society offers innovative teaching programs in Geology, Geography, and Environment & Sustainability. Each of these areas is affiliated with other departments and centers across campus and the region where faculty and students have opportunities to share a wide range of interests in studying the Earth and people’s interaction with it. The strategic and leading role of the School is to maintain and enhance strong disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs, to promote the University’s national and international profile and to establish collaborative links with industry and entrepreneurs engaged in progressive sustainable initiatives.
Majors and Minors
Undergraduate programs are offered within our three Departments. Please follow the links to find additional information.
& Sustainability facilitates a university-wide
focus on the environment by supporting interdisciplinary approaches
among faculty and students engaged in biological, physical, and
social sciences. Environmental science encompasses important issues
such as pollution and degradation of the environment related to
human activities and impacts on biodiversity and sustainability.
Envirnmental policy brings together a unique mixture of skills and
expertise to understand environmental issues through pragmatic
policy solutions from administrative, legislative, and
organizational viewpoints. These multidisciplinary fields have
become increasingly important and continues to flourish as public
awareness grows about the need for action in addressing
BS Environmental Science (specializations: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education & Interpretation, Watershed Management, Geospatial Analysis)
BA Environmental Policy and Analysis (specializations: Sustainable Management, Restoration, Education & Interpretation, Environmental Law, International Perspectives)
Minors: Environmental Science, Environmental Policy and Analysis, Sustainability
overlaps various disciplines and explores relationships among
humans, society, places, and the environment. The features and
characteristics of the Earth is the domain of the physical
geographers, which includes fields such as weather and climate
variations, landform formation, plant and animal distributions.
Cultural geographers deal with specialties such as spatial
variations among cultural groups, religions, languages, economies,
governments, and other cultural convergence or differentiation
issues that exist through space or time. The new frontier in
geography is computerized mapping and data analysis known as
geographic information science (GIScience), which adds significant
weight to the interdisciplinary nature of this field.
provides an understanding of the history and processes that have
shaped our planet through its 4.5 billion years. Geologists study
the earth from its surface through its crust and deep into its
mantle, focusing on outcroppings of rocks, cataclysmic earthquakes,
volcanic eruptions, mountain and glacial processes, river flows and
deposition of sediments, natural resources, and life from
prehistoric times to today. Current geology trends feature the study
of global environmental changes and consider the earth in a broad
context that integrates atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere using
geospatial sciences and multidisciplinary views.
BS Geology (specializations: Hydrogeology, Paleobiology)
Minors: Geology, Paleobiology