Earth Science Major

The Earth Science major program is a flexible course of instruction for students desiring a broad understanding of the earth and environmental processes. The program is interdisciplinary in nature and offers students an opportunity to select approved courses from several science departments, including Geosciences, Engineering, Biological Sciences, Geography, Chemistry, and Physics. Courses are selected in consultation with the earth science advisor to design programs that are tailored to the individuals’ needs and professional objectives. Elective courses must be approved by the advisor.

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.).

You should major in earth science if...

  • You are fascinated by the Earth and how it works, as well as science in general.
  • You wish to improve the environment and resources for future generations.
  • You wish to enhance your current major with a deepened understanding of Earth.
  •  You wish to understand the importance of natural resources for mankind.
  • You are interested in the origins of our parks and what is required to maintain them.
  • You are concerned with global climate change and wish to better understand it.

Program overview

The earth science major will train you in the broad spectrum of the geosciences with some foundational mathematics, physics and chemistry. It is recommended that students who choose this major use it as a second major. After completing the required foundation courses, you will choose electives to suit your specific areas of interest. For example, depending on your background, you will have the opportunity to study various areas from the geology of national parks to geochemistry.

  • Program requirements: To learn more about specific program requirements, consult the most recent academic catalog.
  • Course listings: To see which courses will be offered when, check out the WMU course listings. You can also read course descriptions for geological and environmental classes here.
  • Professional development: Students in the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences are encouraged to gain valuable professional, research and field experience through joining our highly active student organizations: Geology Club, Student Chapter of American Institute for Professional Geologists, Student Chapter of American Associate of Petroleum Geologists and the Student Chapter of the Society of Exploration Geophysicis.

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