Earth Sciences is an interdisciplinary geology and geosciences major that allows you to explore and understand the processes that support life on Earth.
This knowledge is urgently needed to tackle such problems as sustainably exploring for natural resources, understanding global climate change, and reducing suffering and loss from natural hazards.
As an Earth Sciences major you will explore the environmental and physical processes of the Earth, experience the latest in science and technology, and with WSU professors as mentors, conduct your own research in geosciences and geology. Upon graduation you will be prepared to begin work as a geologist, geochemist, exploration scientist (for petroleum, natural gas, and mineral deposits), climatologist, hydrologist, mineralogist, oceanographer or in a related career path.
$45-65k +Average starting salary for a geologist in Eastern WA (Sallary.com 2023)
240 k+Across the SoE system we award over $240,000 a year in scholarships
Minimum Total Credits: 120 credits
Your program may include different courses. Consult with your advisor about the best combination and order of courses for you.Visit the WSU Catalog for a list of required courses for this major and course descriptions.
General Education and Introductory Science and Math Requirements: 50 credits
SoE Core Requirements: 23–24 credits
Earth Sciences Major Core: 26–27 credits
SOE 340: Structural Geology and Plate Tectonics – 4 credits
SOE 350: Earth Materials – 4 credits
Select six (6) Earth Sciences electives from the list below:
SOE 303: Environmental Geology – 3 credits
SOE 320: Sedimentary Petrology and Sedimentation – 3 credits
SOE 356: Magmatic Processes – 3 credits
SOE 357: An Introduction to Metamorphic Rocks and Minerals and How They Impact Our World – 3 credits
SOE 405: Near Surface Geophysics – 3 credits
SOE 474: Physics and Chemistry of the Earth – 4 credits
SOE 475: Groundwater – 3 credits
SOE 480: Building a Habitable Planet – 3 credits
GEOLOGY 490: Field Camp II (at University of Idaho) – 3 credits
Professional Electives (taken for the major): 22 credits