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The outdoors is your lab in geosciences. The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Through either the B.A. or B.S. in geosciences, you can prepare yourself to address environmental problems; discover and develop resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and solve questions about the origin and evolution of Earth and life.
The B.A. program is designed to prepare you for careers that deal with science, social science, and business, such as environmental law, national and international planning or resource management, and K-12 teaching.
The B.S. program helps prepare you for careers in the petroleum and mining industries; local or federal resource management; water resources, treatment and management; energy and environmental industries; and academia.
With a Bachelor of Arts program stresses data collection; investigation, analysis and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression. The B.A. provides a basic education in geosciences, and is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for careers that interface among science, social science, and business.
The Bachelor of Science program provides a broad foundation in the physical and natural sciences for students who seek immediate employment or post-graduate education in several areas of the geosciences. The B.S. program offers two options:
Integrated B.S./M.S. Degree Program: The integrated undergraduate-graduate (IUG) program enables academically superior and research-focused undergraduate students to also obtain an M.S. degree in Geosciences in five years of study. Students who wish to complete the Integrated B.S./M.S. Program in Geosciences must apply for admission to the Graduate School and the Integrated B.S/M.S. program by the end of their junior year.