Earth and Environmental Science

Earth and Environmental Science majors learn about geoscience with an emphasis on the scientific method, problem-solving and interdisciplinary science education. You can focus your studies a variety of specialties such as geographic information science, geology, Earth resources or environmental studies. Students who earn an Earth and Environmental Science degree qualify to pursue professional licensure as registered geologists in the state of Oregon.

Choose from B.A. or B.S.

credits required for the Earth and Environmental Science major

students enrolled in the Earth and Environmental Science program

students per class on average in the Earth and Environmental Science program


of master's degree can be completed as an undergrad at WOU

Sample four-year degree plan

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes operating in the Earth system
  • Apply technology-based methods to solve geologic problems and communicate results
  • Conduct scientific investigations in laboratory and field settings

Career opportunities

  • Science teacher
  • Environmental resource specialist
  • Park ranger
  • Geoscientist
  • GIS analyst


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