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Earth and Environmental Science at Earlham integrates the study of the Earth with our environment. To us these are one and the same! You receive the traditional breadth and depth of a earth and environmental science major with the applied focus and frame of reference of an environmental science major.

Our students and faculty work together on problems of mineral, energy and water resources; and on geological hazards such as earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis.

The earth and environmental science department and Joseph Moore Museum maintain excellent reference collections of rocks, minerals and fossils. Laboratory investigation is emphasized in most of our courses and all of the Department’s laboratory equipment is available to our students.

The Department's faculty assist students in finding research experiences that match their interests.

More from the earth and environmental science Department:


Located on the Earlham campus, the Joseph Moore Museum is the regional natural history museum for eastern Indiana. It provides opportunities for Earlham students to have hands-on experience curating the collection, providing tours, maintaining the collections, and designing and building exhibits.

There are several Earth and Environmental Science internships available through Earlham’s Center for Integrated Learning, including the Patriot Engineering program.

Our graduates are employed in the field of earth and environmental science in areas such as environmental consulting and work with private companies or government agencies.

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.

Earlham College, an independent, residential college, aspires to provide the highest-quality undergraduate education in the liberal arts and sciences, shaped by the distinctive perspectives of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

Earlham College
801 National Road West
Richmond, Indiana
1-765-983-1200 — Main Switchboard
1-800-EARLHAM (327-5426) — Admission


Earlham admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender and sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.