Study our planet in a time of global change, increasing demand for resources and a fragile environment.
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.
While we will no longer offer earth sciences as a major for new students starting fall 2017, our new program will bring you the best of many disciplines to prepare you for your career in the earth sciences, environmental science or sustainability.
To begin your studies as a major in this dynamic and growing field, view the opportunities available to you now in our sustainability program.
A solid foundation in geology, with additional coursework in meteorology and oceanography prepares students for a career in a wide range of employment sectors.
For a teaching major in Earth sciences, complete the Earth sciences degree along with the appropriate teaching certification courses.
Juniors and seniors can intern on faculty research projects or with the Geological Survey for credit and pay.
Join faculty led field trips to New Mexico, parts of Colorado and west Texas, visiting diverse geologic sites in the deserts and mountains of the Southwest.
A student organization active in organizing meetings, field trips and other fun activities.
Our graduates possess the knowledge and skills to find solutions to issues related to the earth and its limited resources. Earth sciences graduates go on to work in the following professions.
|Environmental Scientist||South Dakota Geological Survey|
|Consulting Geologist||PBS Engineering and Environmental Inc.|
|Environmental Services Analyst||City of Sioux City, Iowa|
|Geologist, Minerals and Mining Program||South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources|
|Oil and Gas Program Manager||Idaho Department of Lands|