Explore humanity's place in the universe, from near-Earth orbit to the edge of the observable universe. In this program, you develop critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills in the process of your scientific inquiry.
Life and the future of human civilization depend on people who think broadly from a science-driven perspective about how we interact with our planet. Pursue earth and environmental studies to link your interest in science and the environment with complementary fields like sustainability, advocacy and public policy.
As an earth and space exploration major, you learn about our planet, solar system and universe by combining science, engineering and education. You could be involved in building space-flight hardware; making astronomical observations; discovering new microbes; exploring volcanoes, oceans and glaciers; investigating Earth-climate interactions; and setting the stage for a new era of exploration.
As an earth and space exploration major, you study our planet, our solar system and our universe. In the astrobiology and biogeosciences concentration, you explore the chemistry and geology of life on earth, exploring life in extreme environments, making astronomical observations and developing tools to study the habitability of other planets.
Do you want to be at the edge of exploration, making new discoveries about our planet, our solar system and our universe? As an astrophysics major you could be discovering new planets, exploring cosmology, designing and building space-flight hardware, and engineering new instruments for telescopes and satellites.
As an earth and space exploration major, you will be crossing the boundaries of science and engineering while preparing for a new era of exploration. In the exploration systems design concentration you can build space-flight hardware, engineer solutions to explore extreme environments and take a systems-based approach to scientific discovery.
In the geological sciences program, you explore Earth by applying field and laboratory techniques to understand how rocks form, mountains are built, volcanoes erupt and earthquakes happen. You learn to solve scientific problems aimed at understanding the fundamental processes responsible for the evolution of our planet.