Why Study Earth Sciences?
Enjoying small class sizes and ample opportunities for undergraduate research experiences, Earth sciences majors choose from four tracks: Geology, Environmental Geoscience, Geophysics, or Paleontology.
Major in Earth Sciences
Earth science is an unusually broad subject. It addresses everything from the chemical processes that make rocks and minerals to the physics behind plate tectonics and the travel of earthquake shock waves through the planet. It explores the history of the evolution of life revealed in fossils, and it probes the earth processes that affect how humans can survive on the surface of the planet. To address this breadth, the department offers four curricular tracks for a major in Earth sciences.
Minor in Earth Sciences
An Earth sciences minor can complement a variety of degrees. Students with majors in other departments who want a minor in geological sciences can earn a minor through the Department of Earth Sciences.
Honors in Earth Sciences
Earn an honors degree in Earth sciences and gain a competitive edge in your chosen career field.
Earth sciences majors can develop their skills through a variety of hands-on learning opportunities, from faculty-guided research to field camps in the wildlands of Oregon and the broader American west.
What You Can Do with an Earth Sciences Degree
An Earth sciences major can prepare you to work in many fields. Learn about possible careers and actual alumni jobs.
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Scholarships and Awards
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