The earth science major is a flexible course of instruction with a broad understanding of the earth and environmental processes.
This major requires 36 semester hours. The earth science major is not recommended as a stand-alone major. It should be undertaken by students who are taking a double major (e.g., environmental science, law, business, engineering, etc.). The program is interdisciplinary, offering you an opportunity to select earth science and related courses such as: biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, geography, geosciences and physics.
Courses are selected in consultation with the earth science advisor in order to design a program which will satisfy your needs and professional objectives. The College of Arts and Sciences offers a two-tiered advising system for undergraduates. You will receive:
- Major-specific advising through the faculty within the department. The faculty advisor for the earth science major is Dr. Michelle Kominz.
- General advising regarding University and general education requirements as well as pre-professional advising through the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate advising.
As a student with a College of Arts and Sciences major you will need to meet regularly with both a departmental and college advisor to ensure you are meeting all requirements for graduation.
2016-17 Undergraduate Catalog: Program requirements and courses
How to apply
For admission to an undergraduate program in the Department of Geosciences, apply through the Office of Admissions at Western Michigan University.
After you have been admitted, schedule an appointment with a program advisor to fill out a major or minor form for official enrollment.