The Environmental Geosciences Major offers students the opportunity to study geologic, hydrologic, and atmospheric processes and how people are influenced by and impact earth systems. The physical Earth – its minerals, rocks, soils, water, landscapes, and atmosphere – form the foundation on which all ecosystems exist, so understanding geologic and atmospheric processes helps students understand environmental issues and their relationship to the Earth.
The Environmental Geosciences major at Northland emphasizes field work, hands-on experiences, and the interdisciplinary nature of geoscience. Students become proficient at gathering field data and using state-of-the-art equipment to produce maps that illustrate the distribution and nature of Earth’s features. The curriculum gives students the broad foundation required in earth science and prepares them to be successful as professional geoscientists immediately after graduation or to continue their studies in graduate school.
Students majoring in Environmental Geoscience are required to take all the courses in the list of core courses, and to choose an emphasis in Geology, Water Science, or Atmospheric Science. The Program also supports minors in Geology, Physics, and Geographic Information Systems.