Majors and Correlates

Earth Science

Earth scientists study the planet as a system of interacting spheres: the atmosphere, hydrosphere, biosphere, and soil and rock sphere. Together, these components create the physical environment that we inhabit, govern the abundance and distribution of natural resources, and determine the nature and severity of environmental hazards. 


The academic discipline of Geography focuses on the intersection of society, space, and environment, which speaks to many of our most interesting and urgent questions today, such as:

  • How does climate affect food production?
  • Why does uneven distribution of political economic power and resources relate to conflict along international borders?  
  • What are the motivating forces of global economic changes and its local impacts?
  • How do planners design equitable and sustainable cities?

Earth Science and Society 

Immediate crises, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and ongoing challenges, such as overuse and pollution of ecosystems, point to the importance of studying the intersection of earth processes with human societies. Students interested in understanding these interactions as they are approached both by Earth Science and by Geography can elect an interdisciplinary major that combines these two disciplines.


Geography-Anthropology combines courses in these two social sciences to examine the cultural, ecological, and spatial relations of diverse societies. Particular emphasis is given to the cross-cultural study of communities, regions, and their human environments from both anthropological and geographical perspectives. 


Earth Science Correlate 

Geography Correlate

Earth Science and Society Climate Change Correlate