Earth Science

Western Michigan University offers a major in earth science for anyone interested in conservation-related careers or specialized positions in state and federal parks, planning agencies, engineering firms, law firms or industry.

The earth science program isn't intended for students who want a career or advanced education in geochemistry, geophysics, hydrogeology or a similarly focused discipline. Its broad, flexible nature is more suitable for those seeking to supplement a complementary major, such as civil engineering, or establish a specialty in an otherwise unrelated field, such as law.

If you decide to major in earth science at WMU, you will enjoy the benefits of working with an advisor to design a program that meets your educational needs and professional objectives. You will study geology, chemistry, physics and math.

Beyond the classroom

Make the most of your time at WMU by joining student organizations that complement your interests in earth science instead of echoing them. If you anticipate working in the federal, state or local government, or a nonprofit agency, consider joining one of the University's political or social-action organizations. If you plan to be an environmental scientist or consultant for construction engineering firms, try WMU's student chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

After you graduate

Recent WMU graduates with degrees in earth science are working as:

  • Business managers
  • Civil engineers
  • Conservation specialists
  • Environmental consultants
  • Environmental lawyers
  • Inspectors
  • Lab technicians
  • Marketing managers
  • Purchasing agents
  • Staff geologists
  • Teachers
  • Technical writers

Among the organizations they work for are:

  • Engineering firms
  • Laboratories
  • Geological firms
  • Universities and schools

Career Outcomes

Where is this program offered?

  • Kalamazoo

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