The Earth is our laboratory… the field of earth sciences integrates knowledge from chemistry, physics and biology, and applies it to study the earth and protect the environment.
Understanding the Earth and our relationship with the land, water, atmosphere and biosphere have always been a part of the earth sciences program. Today, we must look at new challenges, including environmental change, natural hazards and sustainability.
At USD, we’re helping meet those challenges with an interdisciplinary experience aimed at the study of environmental systems and the solution to environmental issues. It’s Earth science and much more.
Beginning in fall 2018, we will blend our earth sciences major into a more interdisciplinary specialization within the university’s sustainability program. You’ll continue to receive the renowned training, opportunities and mentorships you would in the earth sciences program with additional study and experiences in sustainability and the environment.
VERMILLION, S.D. – Mark Sweeney, Ph.D., associate professor of earth sciences, earned the Richard and Sharon Cutler Faculty Awards in Liberal Arts presented annually to faculty who advance liberal arts education through teaching and research over a three-year span.
Geology is found to be, along with engineering, math, physics and law, a field where people feel "least underemployed."
Earth sciences majors presented their undergraduate research projects at the Geological Society of America North-Central Section Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.