Earth Science

Earth Science

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences has five major curricular areas of study, including geology, astronomy, meteorology, environmental science and earth science education. The history of this department is long and interesting and was formed in 1970. The department offers courses for the Liberal Arts Core program and provides comprehensive undergraduate majors and minors, all of which include significant experiential learning components that enhance students' understanding of the Earth and its processes. Careers in the earth sciences are in demand in both the public and private sector and a number of the jobs available are extensive. 

The UNI earth science honor society, Sigma Gamma Epsilon, received the national Quality Chapter Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014.


If you are a transfer student, science courses you should complete include General Chemistry I, General Physics I and any earth science courses. Prospective Earth Science Teaching majors should also take General Chemistry II and General Physics II. Math courses you should complete are Pre-calculus or Calculus I.


Earth Science

Students have the opportunity to conduct independent research in geology, astronomy, meteorology, environmental science and earth science education, utilizing the state-of-art facilities located in the department. There are laboratories and field equipment for students to conduct research in air and water quality as well as other areas of study. Earth science majors also have the option of completing an internship program as part of their degree requirement, earning up to six credits. There are internship opportunities both locally and across the state and region. 

Earth Science
Field research and field trips

Students with the interest in geology have numerous opportunities to conduct field investigations as well as laboratory-based research in the department's well-equipped facilities. Astronomy students can use the two on-campus observatories as well as have access to numerous online databases, including those at NASA and the Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute. Meteorology students have access to the latest computer forecasting models and weather data from around the world. 

Earth Science

Apart from the UNI Scholarship Application that all students are encouraged to fill out, there are many options for earth science students to complete and receive scholarships. For more information on the scholarship opportunities, visit​. 


96% of last year's graduates are either continuing their education or employed


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Head, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
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