Undergraduate Earth Science

For students interested in Earth Science, we offer several options. A major in Broad Fields Natural Science will give you an interdisciplinary foundation to pursue various areas of study. The Geoscience concentration is taken by students interested in areas such as Geology, Weather, and Climate. The Civil Engineering concentration, a collaborative program with Madison College, will prepare students for careers in environmental or civil engineering. We also offer a minor in Earth Science that can be paired with any major on campus.  


Many students interested in Earth Science also take advantage of our Environmental Studies program, which offers a variety of courses in geology, biology, philosophy, and political science centered around our planet and its environment. You may also take the opportunity to conduct field research that you design with your professor. 



Program Highlights

Our location on the shores of the beautiful Lake Wingra provides a convenient laboratory for studying the environment. Student research projects have tested water quality in the lake and monitored interactions between the natural ecosystem and the surrounding city.  

Here, you’ll develop your own sense of social responsibility and of responsibility for stewardship of the Earth, extending from the local campus, to the rich natural treasures of Madison, to the global environment. You’ll contribute to open dialogue on the nature of a just and humane society and on the role that science can play in contributing to justice, humanity, and ecological sustainability. 

Career Outcomes

Recent graduates from the Geoscience program have gone on to careers in forestry, outdoor recreation, and teaching.  

Our graduates become actively engaged in using liberal arts framework to help address issues that are important to the larger community. They recognize their study and life-long work as having a positive impact on the quality of life of their community. They appreciate the relationship between local and global issues, and they develop a deep respect for the complexity and interdependence of the all the systems of which humanity is a part. 

Faculty Spotlight

  • David Cordie


  • Amy Schiebel

    Associate Professor, Office of Science Outreach Director