The Department of Earth and Environmental Systems offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Geology, Anthropology, and Geography and Sustainability and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Geoscience.  Students may pursue minors in anthropology, climatology, earth science, environmental science, geochemistry, geographic information science, geography, geology, and sustainability. The department also contributes to the secondary education programs in science education (Earth Space Science Concentration) and social studies education.


New Majors Starting FALL 2018


Anthropologists study the origin, development, and behavior of humans. They examine cultures, languages, archeological remains, and physical characteristics of people in various parts of the world. Archaeologists study past human activity by excavating, dating, and interpreting objects and sites of historical interest. They implement excavation projects at historical sites and collect data that informs their understanding of the past.

Environmental Geoscience:

Environmental geologists study earth surface features, processes, and resources. In many cases, they study the interactions between the environment, humans, and ecology, including topics such as natural disasters, climate change, and different types of environmental pollution. Environmental geologists are fundamental to identifying, remediating, and preventing environmental problems.

Geography and Sustainability:

Geographers study the earth and its land, features, and inhabitants. They also examine phenomena such as political or cultural structures and study the physical and human geographic characteristics of regions ranging in scale from local to global. The geography major offers elective tracks as a generalist or in either sustainability or Geographic Information Systems (GIS).


Geoscientists study the composition, structure, and other physical aspects of the earth. They study the earth's geologic past and present using sophisticated instruments to analyze the composition of soils, sediments, rocks, and water. Many geoscientists help to search for natural resources such as groundwater, minerals, metals, and petroleum. Others work closely with environmental and other scientists to preserve and clean-up the environment

Majors prior to catalog year Fall 2018

Earth & Environmental Sciences with concentrations in:

  • Atmosphere & Surface process
  • Geosciences

Human & Environmental Systems with concentrations in:

  • Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Geographic Information Science



As a unit within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems offers a curriculum that leads to a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree in either earth and environmental sciences or human and environmental systems. Candidates for these degrees must complete the University requirement of a minimum of 120 credits, including Foundational Studies course work, as well as the requirements for the departmental majors and concentrations. Candidates for a bachelor of arts degree must also complete two years, or the equivalent, of a non-native language.

B.S. Majors Program Descriptions Program Requirements
Earth & Environmental Sciences

Human & Environmental Systems

GIS Certification    
Geography For Social Studies Licensure    

Department of Earth and Environmental Systems