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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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  • B.S. or B.A. in Earth Science
  • The Earth Science program focuses study on 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. In this program you can focus studies on:

    Geomorphology/Earth Surface Processes (how hillslopes change, rivers behave, glaciers operate and alter landscapes, sand dunes form, rocks weather, soils develop, and how a variety of landforms/landscapes develop.)

    Natural and Environmental Hazards/Disasters (avalanches, earthquakes, volcanic hazards, landslides, tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, tsunami, etc.)

    Atmospheric Science (Weather, Climate)

    Natural Resource Management (Conservation of our natural resources and geospatial tools to study these resources)

  • B.S. Science Teaching: Earth Science
  • Requirements for the Earth Science, Teaching major can be found in the Science Teaching section of the catalog. Other Graduation Requirements: See the Secondary Education section for admission requirements to Professional Education and a list of required professional education courses.

  • Undergraduate Certificate:
    Geomorphology & Earth Surface Processes
  • Geomorphology is the study of the form and character of the Earth’s surface. Earth Surface Processes shape and transform our planet’s landscape. Students will develop a broad theoretical understanding and learn to apply specific analytical skill to the field of Geomorphology through a multi-disciplinary curriculum in Geography, Geology and Anthropology.

  • Associated Undergraduate Certificates:
    Geographic Information Science (Geography)
    Geoarcheology (Anthropology)