The earth and environmental science major at Earlham is structured to prepare students for a number of post-graduate options. Students take an introductory course followed by a series of core courses in Earth and Environmental Science. Majors then choose a selection of advanced Earth and Environmental Science courses after consultation with their advisors and other members of the Earth and Environmental Science faculty. As geologic inquiry is often interdisciplinary in nature, our students also take a selection of other science and math courses.
Students are strongly encouraged to conduct independent research under the guidance of Earlham professors or at other institutions. Earth and Environmental Science faculty assist all interested students in finding research experiences that match their interests. Many Earth and Environmental Science majors are employed in the field of Earth and Environmental Science after graduation from Earlham in areas such as environmental consulting and work with private companies or government agencies. The major also prepares students for graduate work in geology and closely-related fields. Recent graduates have received full funding for pursuing graduate degrees at Indiana University-Bloomington, Lehigh University, University of Idaho, and University of Texas-Austin among others.