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What is Energy & Earth Resources?

Our new Energy & Earth Resources major is a reworking of our former Geology & Planetary Science major. It allows students to focus more on one of the two main applications of the field - exploration and development of energy resources, or analysis and protection of our physical environment. Each of the tracks, Energy Resources or Environmental Science, will focus on one of those two applications.

Both tracks are designed to provide a solid background that will lay the foundation for a student interested in pursuing graduate work. Although much of the coursework for the two tracks will differ, they both begin with the same introductory courses, so a student will gain some background in the field before they have to choose which track to pursue.


The Energy Resources track follows the model of a traditional bedrock geology major, with some additional courses and a greater focus on applications within the petroleum and coal resource industries.

The Environmental Science track includes training in surficial geologic systems, supported by a solid background in chemistry and biology. This program is designed to train students to be able to address the complex interdisciplinary scientific problems of environmental concern.

Contact our Energy & Earth Resources Faculty

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