Overview of EES degrees

Undergraduate degrees and programs

We've built our undergraduate programs around a strong core of earth and environmental science, but then permit students to focus on more ecological, geological, or other topics as they desire. In EES, students have several options for pursuing their studies.

B.A. Degree: If you're interested in acquiring breadth, designing a specialized program, or finding room for a double major, you should consider our flexible B.A. program. This degree is well suited to students with career aspirations in areas such as engineering, environmental law, journalism, economics, government, among many other possibilities. With help from your advisor, the B.A. program can also prepare you for professional careers in research, industry, and education.

B.S. Degree: If your goal is employment as a professional in any of the earth and environmental sciences, our B.S. degree, while still offering considerable flexibility, provides the more in-depth technical training often required by graduate schools and many firms.

Other Options: If you're simply interested in learning more about the natural world and the environment, our creative introductory  "gateway-level" courses (having course numbers less than 100, with the exception of EES-80) offer a way to become acquainted with current thinking and issues in a number of EES disciplines. These courses afford a number of options for completing your natural-science and laboratory-course requirements. Finally, you can use the EES minor to become exposed to critical core coursework in EES while still having great flexibility in customizing your minor program to meet your own interests. We also have a number of students that pursue an EES education through the IDEAS program