Major Program:  Students pursuing a major in E&ES are expected to take one introductory course, the sophomore seminar, three core courses, four elective courses, and the senior seminar.  Because Earth and environmental scientists need a broad background in the natural sciences and mathematics, E&ES majors are also required to take one year (two semesters) of gateway courses from two of the following disciplines: biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, for a total of four courses.

Special Programs:
Environmental Studies Certificate Program; Study Abroad Programs for E&ES Majors

Sample Courses: Dynamic Earth; Introduction to Oceanography; Global Warming; Introduction to Planetary Geology; The Planets; Volcanoes of the World; Hazardous Earth; Forensic Geology ; Introduction to Environmental Studies; Introduction to Environmental Science; Mineralogy/Laboratory Study of Minerals; Geomorphology/Geomorphology Laboratory; Structural Geology/Field Geology; Sedimentology/Stratigraphy Techniques;; Oceans and Climate/Techniques in Ocean and Climate Investigations; Global Climate Change; Volcanology/Volcanology Lab Course; Tropical Ecology and the Environment; Astrobiology; Hydrology; Isotope Geochemistry; Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems

Number of Professors: 14

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Title: Faculty Spotlight
Earth and Environmental Sciences

John Varekamp

Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences


Research Interests: Environmental chemistry; volcanology; climate change.