Tell us your interests.
If you want to understand the nature and evolution of our planet, consider a major in Earth Sciences. You’ll gain an understanding of natural hazards, assess Earth’s climate variability and global change, predict the migration of man-made pollutants, and explore for the energy and mineral resources upon which society depends.
Consider Earth Sciences as your major if you are intrigued by these questions:
- How was planet Earth formed?
- What surface and internal processes have shaped the Earth?
- How has life evolved on Earth?
- Why are there earthquakes, volcanoes, mountain chains, continents, and oceans?
- How has the surface of the Earth changed over time?
Sample courses include:
- Dynamic Earth
- Introductory Geology Lab
- Structural Geology
- Introduction to Paleobiology
In addition to coursework, the Earth Sciences provides extensive field and extracurricular opportunities so that you can earn hands-on experience in the industry.
- There are many research experiences to be had as an Earth Sciences major. You can work with a faculty member on a research project, conduct your own independent research, or via National Science Foundation funding, work with a group of students and a faculty member on a project.
- Participate in a 4-6-week field camp which includes intensive field study including excursions to key geological sites, as well as geological mapping and related exercises. Field campus are held throughout the world in locations such as Wyoming, Iceland, Australia, South Africa, and Alaska.
- Get involved with the Geology Club, which divides their time among social, service, and education events. Such activities include hiking in the Adirondacks and a spring break trip to Carlsbad Caverns and the Guadalupe Mountains in New Mexico.
Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., SU Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
Life after Syracuse University
With a degree in Earth Sciences, you’ll be prepared for a multitude of professional careers, including those in:
- Climate and environmental sciences
Or, pursue a graduate degree. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.