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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

About Earth Science

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Office: Department of Geography, 507-389-2617

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Director: Phillip Larson (

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The Earth Science program is housed in the Department of Geography at Minnesota State University, Mankato. As such, there is a wealth of interdisciplinary experiences available to you as an Earth Science student. You will take classes in Physical Geography, taught by Geographers! You will take classes in Biology, taught by Biologists! You will take classes in Chemistry, taught by Chemists! And, these are just an example of a few of the extraordinary interdisciplinary experiences you will receive. You will acquire a well rounded, interdisciplinary degree by studying the Earth’s interrelated natural systems of the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and Earth's place in the cosmos. Earth Science provides the scientific basis for understanding the interactions of chemical, physical and biological processes at all spatial and temporal scales on our planet - ranging from microscopic to planetary and on timescales from the immediate to billions of years. The impact of Earth systems and humans on one another are of paramount societal importance and are a focus of Earth Science studies. The Earth Science program provides a number of pathways to study the science of our planet. The Earth Science major (BA or BS), the Certificate in Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes and the minor in Earth Science are offered. An associated interdisciplinary certificate in “Geoarcheology” is described under “Anthropology” and an associated certificate in “Geographic Information Science” is described under “Geography.” For secondary teacher licensure, see the “Science Teaching” program and major.



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Admission to Major is granted by the department. Minimum university admission requirements are:

- a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours.

- a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (“C”).

Contact the department of Geography for application procedures.

A GPA of 2.0 or higher in a major or minor is required for graduation. Refer to the College regarding required advising for students on academic probation. P/N Grading Policy. All courses in earth science must be taken for a letter grade.