In our department, our undergraduate degrees concern natural Earth and Environmental systems and include: Environmental Studies, Earth Sciences Secondary Education, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Geology, and Meteorology.
Our Earth and Environmental Sciences degrees are for students who are interested in things like landscapes, weather, climate, ecology, rivers, groundwater, soil, erosion, and the oceans. The degree can be General and diverse or focused into one of three Concentrations – Atmospheric, Environmental, or Hydrologic Sciences.
With a B.A. in Environmental Studies you might go to work in the environmental policy and regulatory arena, work for an environmental activist group like the Sierra Club or practice environmental law. We also offer a separate B.A. in Earth Sciences degree with a minor in Secondary Education that uniquely prepares and licenses you for teaching at the K-12 level in the state of North Carolina. Click here for the Secondary Education check sheet.
With a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Sciences you might consult for an environmental firm or work for a government agency like Fish and Wildlife, DOT, or the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
Requirements for these degrees include courses in things like field methods, soil science, hydrology, GIS, and environmental sciences.
If you are interested in going on to graduate school in some type of science after your degree, you should complete a B.S.
If you are interested in Earth Sciences, please talk with the Earth Sciences Undergraduate Coordinator Bill Garcia.
Declare Earth Sciences as your major! Go to the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences office in McEniry 324 and fill out a form. It's easy and it will automatically hook you up with an advisor from our department who can help you make decisions about your future.