What will I learn?

Earth sciences are the study of the composition, structure, and history of the Earth and of the processes that operate on and within it, with emphasis on the crust, oceans, and atmosphere. The department's programs emphasize applications of physics, chemistry, and biology to understanding the Earth.

Earth scientists are employed in a wide range of fields, including exploration for and development of natural resources (hydrocarbons, minerals, and groundwater); environmental science; urban planning; education; and oceanography. Potential employers include the oil, gas, and minerals industries; environmental consultants; federal and private research institutions; universities; schools; and government agencies. An advanced degree is usually required for a career in research or teaching.

Which department am I in?

College of Science and Engineering

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$35,752.00 per year
Start date

3 September 2019, 21 January 2020


College of Science and Engineering

117 Pleasant Street SE,



55455, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  MELAB score of 80.

For international students

Student must have a high school graduation. Minimum High School Course Requirements: English - 4 years; Mathematics - 4 years; Science - 3 years; Social studies - 3 years; Single second language - 2 years; Visual and/or performing arts - 1 year.

English Language Proficiency Requirements: TOEFL iBT – 79; IELTS Academic – 6.5; MELAB – 80; Pearson Test of Academic English (PTE Academic) – 59; Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) C1 Advanced – 180.