Earth Sciences

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.

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