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Earth Science

College of Social and Natural Sciences
Hagg-Sauer Hall


Area of Study

Note: An Earth Science major is no longer offered.

The study of Earth Science draws primarily on geology, astronomy and meteorology with additional attention to the fields of oceanography and life history. The traditional background for earth science focuses on the quantitative aspects of science and mathematics. The contemporary study and practice of earth science includes the qualitative evaluation and understanding of earth processes.

Both the quantitative and qualitative factors are applied in decision-making processes that range from plans for worldwide concerns, such as global warming, to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and floods, to evaluation of a building site for a home. Earth Science is also a companion field of study for hydrologists and environmental scientists, and for related careers in government, business and industry.


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