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Undergraduate Programs

Earth & Environmental Sciences Department

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Undergraduate Programs We Offer

Environmental Science B.S.
New for Fall 2019    B.S.      Sample Plan     Course Electives

Environmental Science Minor
New for Fall 2019    Minor

Geological Sciences B.A.
New for Fall 2019    B.A.      Sample Plan

Geological Sciences B.S.
New for Fall 2019    B.S.       Sample Plan

Geological Sciences Minor
New for Fall 2019    Minor

Teaching Earth and Space Sciences B.A.Sc. - This degree is offered by our department in partnership with UMD’s Department of Education. It's intended for students who plan to teach all science areas in grades 5 through 8 and teach earth and space sciences in grades 9 through 12.

Students also have the option of completing the environmental education concentration with this major. This concentration enhances the students' major by integrating environmental education into formal (pre-K-12) as well as non-formal education settings such as parks and nature centers.

For a complete listing courses – visit the Public Course Catalog. Enter “Duluth” in the Institution and Campus fields; and enter either GEOL or ESCI for Subject Areas, then click “Search”.

Earth & Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Internships

ESCI 3296 Internship in Environmental Science

GEOL 3996 Internship in Geological Sciences

Details - These 2 credit courses are S/N and can be taken following an internship related to Environmental Science or Geological Sciences, paid or unpaid.  Both ESCI 2396 and GEOL 3996 are available Fall and Spring semesters.  Once a student has been offered an internship, they sign up for the internship credits in the following semester.  Students may receive credit for up to two internships for 2 credits each.

To sign up - To sign up for the internship credits, send a request with your student ID number to the Director of Undergraduate Studies for your program (Environmental Science :Dr. Christina Gallup; Geological Sciences:Dr. Howard Mooers) with a description of your internship.

Requirements- To get the credits, you need to fill out a Internship Department Form (here) after your internship (during the semester you are registered for credit).   

You will need to provide:

  • Your Supervisor’s name
  • Your Supervisor’s email address
  • Your Job Title
  • Organization/Sponsor
  • Dates of Internship 1-2 page description of what you did during your internship and what you learned

The Department will also need a letter from your supervisor explaining your duties and providing an evaluation of your performance.  We will request that directly from them, so please make sure your supervisor’s contact information is correct.

Graduating Seniors Exit Interviews

***The Exit Interviews are very brief and will only take a few minutes to complete***

Geology Majors Exit Form

Environmental Science Majors Exit Form

Learn more about Professional Licensure for Geologists here

Student Learning Outcomes

Our Department has established four broad program outcomes for our undergraduate earth and environmental science majors as part of the campus-wide assessment plan. These are:

  1. Comprehension - Students will know and be able to explain the basic definitions and core concepts in their respective field of study, either Environmental Science or Geological Science.

  2. Application - Students will be able to apply environmental science or geological knowledge and techniques towards solutions to problems.

  3. Analysis - Students will be able to determine an appropriate method for research, collect data and carry out the research using techniques and equipment specific to this field.

  4. Communication - Students will be able to write about scientific ideas and present their ideas and findings to technical and non-technical audiences.

Specific Program Learning Outcomes for the Environmental Science B.S. and Geological Sciences B.A. and B.S can be found here.