WHAT IS GEOSCIENCE?
This major is part of the BEP Exploration Group
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Geoscience is the study of the Earth - its oceans, atmosphere, rivers and lakes, ice sheets and glaciers, soils, its complex surface, rocky interior, and metallic core. This includes many aspects of how living things, including humans, interact with the Earth. Geoscience has many tools and practices of its own but is intimately linked with the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.
Geoscience investigates the past, measures the present, and models the future behavior of our planet. But it also involves the study of other planets, asteroids, and solar systems, both to better understand the Earth and to expand our knowledge of the universe.
Geoscientists study and work with minerals, soils, energy resources, fossils, oceans and freshwater, the atmosphere, weather, environmental chemistry and biology, natural hazards and more. They even study rocks on our moon and other planets in our solar system.
Examples of geoscience jobs include: geologist, paleontologist, seismologist, meteorologist, volcanologist, hydrologist, oceanographer, and more!
The major in Geoscience is designed for students interested in the science of the Earth, with special emphasis on environmental change over geologic time scales, natural hazards, rocks and fossils, planetary science, paleoclimate variability, surface processes, mountain building, and the link between Earth’s physicochemical conditions and the evolution of life. Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree.
HOW TO DECLARE:
HELPFUL INTRO COURSES:
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ERTH 1010: Dinosaurs, Extinctions and Environmental Catastrophes (Gen Ed: CA 3)
ERTH 1050 – Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Gen Ed: CA 3 Lab)
ERTH 1051 – Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Gen Ed: CA 3)
ERTH 1052 – Earth’s Dynamic Environment (Gen Ed: CA 3 Lab)
ERTH 1055 – Geoscience and the American Landscape (Honors)
ERTH 1070: Natural Disasters and Environmental Change (Gen Ed: CA 3 Lab)
POSSIBLE CAREER OPPORTUNITIES:
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Agriculture and Natural Resources
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
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