Earth Science students take a class trip to High Rock as a way to explore other ecosystems
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.

Professor Chuck Levitan demonstrates how to use the GIS software to his class at SNC Tahoe

Learning GIS techniques

SNC Tahoe students examine and test different waters in their hydrology course

In the lab

Sierra Nevada College students explore different ecosystems by traveling to Death Valley for class

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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See the GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS > page for specific major course requirements.

Sierra Nevada College's Science program offers majors in
Biology, Ecology, Earth Science, and Natural Resource Management