The Department of Earth and Space Sciences emphasizes field and laboratory experiences at all educational levels with close interactions between faculty and small groups of students. Graduate students working on their M.S. or Ph.D. degree study a wide variety of topics. Options areas within the B.S. degree include standard, biology, physics, and environmental earth sciences. Students develop problem-solving skills and gain field and technology experience preparing them for graduate studies or a career in the private sector. The B.A. degree provides students with a solid foundation in earth sciences and exposes them to other sciences positioning the students for careers in teaching, science journalism, environmental law or policy. Our graduates are highly recruited by industry, government agencies, public/private companies, and educational institutions. In addition, we offer a broad spectrum of general education courses that reach thousands of students every year.
The Department of Earth and Space Sciences has four broad and overlapping focus areas: the solid earth, surface processes, geobiology, and space/planetary studies. Several centers and programs, closely linked to the department, allow for unparalleled interdisciplinary educational and research opportunities. The Quaternary Research Center focuses on earth history and processes during the last several million years. The geologic record of changing environments is emphasized through the Program on Climate Change. Faculty and students with the Astrobiology Program investigate the origin and evolution of early life on Earth. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network monitors earthquakes, volcanoes, and active tectonics of the region.
Source: Department Website June 2010