What Can I Do with a Major in Environmental Earth Science?

Environmental science is an interdisciplinary academic field that integrates physical and life sciences (including physics, chemistry, biology, ecology, soil science, geology, and geography) to the study of the environment and environmental systems and to the solution of environmental problems. Earth science is an all-encompassing term for the science related to the planet Earth, including the study of the solid earth (lithosphere), the atmosphere, the hydrosphere (including the oceans), and the biosphere.

Environmental earth scientists study the human influence upon the earth and provide basic information needed to solve problems and establish rational policies for resource management, environmental protection, and public health safety and welfare.

Environmental Earth Science majors*:

  • train to work in a variety of areas crossing numerous disciplines
  • develop alternative energy systems
  • investigate, mitigate, and control pollution
  • promote sustainable urban development
  • understand the causes and effects of global climate change

The Environmental Earth Science majors are typically employed in environmental consulting and planning firms, energy and mineral resource companies, or government agencies, such as the National Park Service, environmental protection agencies, and health departments. They are also employed in schools and universities, a wide array of both small and large corporations, legal practices, non-profit organizations, and even the news media. Because environmental earth scientists are continually urged to recognize and address the world around them, they acquire and hone skills that are highly valued in many disciplines.

In recent years, about 30% of our graduates have furthered their education in graduate programs.

Career options for Environmental Earth Science graduates include**:

  • environmental consultant
  • materials analyst
  • geoscientist

Additional Resources

*This is a sample of specific skills (competencies) that Environmental Earth Science majors acquire; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that these are in addition to the general skills that are common to all CAS majors.

**This is a sample of career options available to Environmental Earth Science majors; it is not a comprehensive list. Also note that some of the listed career options may require additional education and/or training beyond the bachelor's degree.