Explore the complexities of our earth's materials, structures, processes, and systems.

Earth Science

B.S. in Environmental Science, concentration in Earth Science

All Earth Science majors at Sierra Nevada College build a strong foundation in basic science, including courses in biology, chemistry, geology, environmental science, physics, statistics, calculus, and graphical information systems. Courses in meteorology, hydrology, soils, and climate change emphasize the way that water, mineral resources, topography, and human activities influence ecosystems.

The importance of research and experimentation is stressed throughout the program, and all students complete an original senior research project.

Students explore a spectacular variety of “neighborhood” environments; the high desert Great Basin, the alpine peaks of the Sierra Nevada range, 1600′ deep Lake Tahoe, and the southern Cascade volcanoes.


Learning GIS techniques


In the lab


Field work in Death Valley

Graduates are qualified for entry level work as field scientists or in environmental policy, or for graduate programs in environmental science or earth science.

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Please see the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS page for specific major course requirements.