Majors

To declare a Earth and Environmental Sciences or Earth Systems Science major, make an appointment with a Department undergraduate advisor. Visit Earth and Environmental Sciences Advising for contact information.

Earth and Environmental Sciences: Course requirements

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Major trains students to receive a broad foundation in natural and physical sciences related to environmental and Earth sciences. Students are required to learn material from several core areas of the Earth sciences. Click here for a list of specializations within this major.

Earth Systems Science: Course requirements

Quantitative degree which deals with relations between processes in the solid Earth, the oceans, and the atmosphere. Conducted in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences in the College of Engineering.

Honors

The Honors major consists of a series of special academic opportunities supplementary to any of the regular major programs listed above. The Honors major is tailored to fit the interests of qualified students, and offers an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of their undergraduate experience. Eligible students are juniors with a 3.4 minimum GPA in Earth and Environmental Sciences courses plus a 3.4 minimum cumulative GPA over all.

Honors Thesis:
Honors students complete a thesis by the end of their senior year under supervision of a faculty advisor. The Honors Thesis must be approved by the student's faculty advisor first; a second reader is optional. The thesis has to be submitted to the Department's Associate Chair for Curriculum on the last day of exams of the term in which a student graduates. A paper copy of the thesis is maintained in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences main office, and a PDF copy is uploaded to the University's Deep Blue archive.

For more information on our major programs, please refer to the Earth and Environmental Sciences page of the LSA Bulletin.

How to Find Your Major GPA

Log into Wolverine Access, Student Business. Click the My Academics link, then Academic Requirements and generate your degree audit. Towards the bottom of the section about your major, click the green triangle to expand "Pending--Earth and Environmental Sciences GPA Requirement", then expand the section titled "Includes all EARTH courses, plus all cognates." Under the "Satisfied" or "Not Satisfied" text is a bullet point with "GPA: 2.000 required, X.XXX actual."


Questions? Contact the Earth and Environmental Services Department Office.