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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.
The Department of Earth Sciences 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 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.
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.