Earth System Scientists integrate multiple fields of study to address the grand challenges our growing global population faces, such as sea level rise, climate change, life near geologic hazards, and sustainable sources of energy. As an Earth System Scientist, you can explore questions such as: why is the Earth’s climate warming, how do we know, and how will this affect the Earth systems? How do ocean currents influence temperature? How can we teach future generations to ask and answer interdisciplinary problems within Earth System Science?
As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, you’ll learn the application of the scientific method to enhance our understanding of the principle components of the Earth System and the connections that exist among them to produce complex planetary-scale phenomena, such as climate change. At EMU, the Geology Program focuses on the Geosphere component of the Earth System, whereas the Earth Science Program broadly addresses all four components.
Pursue a career as an Earth Science technician or combine a background in Earth Science with other fields, including surveying and spatial analysis or even journalism and law. Complement your major with a relevant minor, such as coastal environments, environmental analysis, chemistry, biology, and math.
A degree in Earth Science could have you working with: Construction Companies | Coal/Mining Companies | Consulting Firms | Drilling Companies | Environmental Agencies | Government Agencies | K-12 School System | Museums | Petroleum Industry | Railroad Companies | Research Firms | University/College