Earth Sciences 

College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

School of the Environment

By exploring the Earth’s physical and environmental properties, you’ll learn about responsible exploration and extraction of natural resources, the consequences of global climate change, and how to reduce human suffering and property loss from natural hazards.   


  • Pullman
  • Vancouver

Degree Types:

  • Bachelor's
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate
  • Master's
  • Minor


  • Get hands-on experience in science labs like the Radiogenic Isotope and Geochronology and the GeoAnalytical laboratories  
  • Field trips to sites such as the Columbia River basalt plateau, Cascades volcanos, the Idaho and Wallowa batholiths, and local groundwater sources 
  • Benefit from the program’s partnership with the Department of Geology at the University of Idaho 
  • Participate in undergraduate research guided by renowned faculty 


With an Earth Sciences degree, you can work in: 

  • Geochemistry or geophysics 
  • Exploration science for natural resources 
  • Climatology, hydrology or oceanography 
  • Geology or paleontology 

Transfer Students

WSU accepts credit from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and CLEP exams, associate degrees, Running Start and more.  

You’re considered a transfer student at WSU if you’ve received college credit post-high school.  

Use our Transfer Course Search Tool to determine what courses you need to take at your current institution to transition to WSU smoothly. 

Admission to WSU and admission to your desired major are two separate processes. Contact your academic department for specific requirements and prerequisites unique to your major.   


Complete the General Scholarship Application to be eligible for 700+ WSU scholarship programs, including ones specifically for a major you’re interested in. Use our search tool to find more scholarships outside WSU.  

Fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or WASFA (Washington Application for State Financial Aid) to be considered for scholarships, grants, loans, and other forms of aid. 

Internships, Jobs, and Work-study

Find hundreds of student-friendly jobs, internships, and work-study opportunities with our WSU student job board, Handshake. You can also check with departments for internships specific to a major. 

Get advice and learn more at the Academic Success and Career Center. 

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Degree Options

Earth and Environmental Sciences

  • Pullman
  • Vancouver

Earth Sciences Minor

  • Pullman
  • Vancouver

Earth and Space Sciences Teaching Certificate

  • Pullman


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