Earth Sciences

Some of the most critical issues facing our society are grounded in Earth sciences: natural hazards, climate change, energy, and natural resources, including water quality and availability.

Earth Sciences Major

The Department of Earth Sciencces offers two majors: Geology and Environmental Geoscience. Both majors explore Earth and how it works, and there is enough overlap so that students can start taking classes without immediately choosing a major. Look for our courses under ESCI in the catalogue.

Environmental Geoscience Major

Environmental geoscience looks at how the physical environment interacts with humankind, and how Earth works as a system. The focus is on the physical environment, and in particular on the processes that happen on Earth’s surface, in the critical zone, where living organisms, air, water, rock, and soil meet. Environmental Geoscience is an environmental science major coupled with a strong geology foundation.

Geology Major

Geology explores Earth's processes and materials over ‘deep’ time. The focus is on the physical planet and the structure, composition, evolution, and interactions of Earth’s geosphere, biosphere, atmosphere, and hydrosphere. Geology is an integrative and diverse science major that applies aspects of chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and natural history to solve Earth-science problems.

39th Annual Osgood Memorial Lecture to Feature James White

James White, professor of geological sciences and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder, will present “Can Humans and Nature Coexist? The Fundamental Challenges and Opportunities of Sustainability and Climate Change” at the 39th Annual Richard G. Osgood Jr., Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, January 29. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall. A dessert reception will precede the lecture. Learn more.

After Wooster

More than half of Wooster Earth Scientists continue their studies in graduate school, receive an advanced degree in the geosciences and enter a related profession. The largest field of employment for our majors has been education, from college to early childhood teaching, and everything in between. Many majors go directly into geoscience-related jobs, such environmental geology, hydrogeology, and environmental ethics/policy. Other majors pursue diverse careers, including law, medicine, and banking.