Geoscience student works with professor on soil project

Environmental Geoscience

B.S. in Environmental, Geographical, and Geological Sciences
Fascinated by nature? Deeply care about our changing planet? Enjoy working outdoors? Perfect! There's a growing demand for geologists and environmental scientists, providing abundant opportunities for people just like you.

What You'll Study

CU Degree Requirements (Effective Fall 2023)

*Please see the CU degree requirements effective Fall 2023. All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

LH Degree Requirements (Effective Prior to Fall 2023)
  • Physical Geology
  • Historical Geology
  • World Regional Geography
  • Environmental Issues and Choices
  • Sustainability Science
  • Mapping and GIS Fundamentals
  • Physical Geography
  • Environmental Geology
  • Oceanography
  • Fundamentals of Soil Science
  • Mineralogy and Petrology
  • Geomorphology
  • Fundamentals of Hydrology
  • Principles of GIS 1

Choose between Field Experience in EG Internship or Research in EGGS

LH Degree Requirements

*Please see the LH degree requirements for students who were enrolled prior to Fall 2023 and remained in the LH Program.  All enrolled students can also review their degree program requirements and track progress to degree completion in Degree Works.

Featured Equipment 
  • Petrographic Microscopes
  • Scanning Electron Microscope
  • Mercury Analyzer
  • Raman Spectrometer
  • X-ray Fluorescence Analyzer
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Electronic Total Station Survey Equipment
  • Exploration Seismograph with Geophones and Geohammer
  • Earth Resistivity Meter
  • Electromagnetic Conductivity Meter
  • GIS Software
  • Spectrophotometers
  • Hydrolab Data Sonde
  • Soil and Sediment Coring Equipment
  • Groundwater Flow Simulator 
  • Stream Table
  • Soil and Irrigation Water Testing Equipment
  • Soil and Sediment Digester
  • Air Pollution Sampling Equipment
  • Air Quality and Radon Meters
  • Rock Cutting Equipment
  • Rock Core Drilling Equipment
  • Thin Section Preparation Equipment
  • Sample Polishing Equipment 
Environmental Geoscience Minor

Environmental Geoscience Minor is intended for students in any major interested in customizing their degree with a focus on mineral or fossil fuel resources, surface processes, environmental consulting, etc.

Internship and Job Opportunities
  • Analytical Laboratories
  • Conservation Districts
  • Construction Companies
  • Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Geological Engineering Companies
  • Geotechnical Companies
  • Geophysical Companies
  • Geospatical Companies
  • Groundwater Remediation Firms
  • Hydrogeology Consulting Firms
  • Mining Companies
  • Mudlogging Companies
  • Museums and Cultural Institutions
  • Oil and Gas Companies
  • Renewable Energy Companies
  • Waste Management Companies
  • You Development Companies
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • U.S. National Park Service
Geology student testing water qualityGeoscience major studies rock bed along stream

Stewards of the Earth

Geologists and enironmental scientists study the Earth's physical structure, materials, and near-surface processes. They explore the Earth's resources in the most economic and sustainable ways. Many specialize in environmental protection , conservation, and preservation, and are involved in real-world projects that monitor and protect our land and water resources. 

As the Earth's population approaches 8 billion, we are seeing the strain put on its resources - land, soil, and especially water. It is imperative that we monitor their use, develop methods to better conserve them, and clean areas previously polluted. This is what environmental scientists do — they are stewards of the Earth.

Many graduates work in government in advisory or regulatory roles, others in industry to reduce or mitigate waste and monitor industrial emissions and pollution. They may work in an office, a laboratory, or out in the field, or some combination of all three. Environmental geosciences focus on two major areas of environmental science that overlap the geosciences — water and soil.

Career-Ready Degree Program

In this bachelor's program, you'll develop solid technical and communication skills to prepare for a competitive job market or graduate school. You'll be fully prepared and marketable for a career in environmental, geospatial, soil, natural resources, water, energy, oil and gas, surveying, and geotechnical fiels, or with state or federal government agencies. 

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