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Earth and Environmental Science, BS

When you complete the new bachelor of science in Earth and Environmental Science, you will understand Earth systems, the processes that drive them, their impacts on human society and how to apply the scientific method to investigate real-world problems.

The BS in Earth Science prepares you for both specific and evolving career pathways, including:

  • Environmental, hydrologic, geochemical and geospatial consulting, and the evolving energy industry (e.g., geothermal energy production, carbon extraction and sequestration, and discovery and recovery of minerals, such as rare earth elements, critical to battery/electronic production).
  • Regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels.
  • Entrepreneurial efforts to capitalize on the societal shifts that necessarily accompany our global shift towards a more sustainable future.
  • Professional Geologist.

You will also be well prepared for admission to graduate and professional schools.

Your Degree Plan


Aerial view of Martin and Woodburn Halls

As an Earth and Environmental Science major, you'll learn about Earth systems, the processes that drive them, their impacts on human society and how to apply the scientific method to investigate real-world problems

Tailor this major to your interests by focusing your coursework in one of these areas:

  • Climate and Environmental Science

    To prepare for a career that deals with environmental impacts, assessment, geohazards and climate change.

  • GIS Methods

    To prepare for a career using up-to-date mapping technologies and locate resources.

  • Geoscience and Sustainable Energy

    To prepare for a career in planning and development that deals with climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution which also maintains resources for future generations.

Take advantage of special options related to this major:

  • Honors

    Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first- and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.

    Explore Honors

The WVU Difference

What sets this program apart from its competitors?

  • On-site WVGIS Technical Center with competitive paid internships.
  • Partnerships with Halliburton and ArcGIS – ESRI.
  • You'll work with one adviser throughout your undergraduate studies.
  • Access to the Undergraduate Resource Room, a study lounge with resources just for our majors.
  • Weekly updates with job postings, internships, on-campus resources and departmental events.
  • Conduct research and participate in meaningful activities with a focus on sustainability in our faculty labs.
  • Opportunities to present at conferences.
  • Four computer labs with ArcGIS, plus the web version of ArcGIS is on all WVU Library computers.
  • Scholarships to offset field camp costs and merit-based mini-scholarships available.
  • Earn academic credit through Eberly internship courses.
  • 500+ scholarships awarded annually by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Academic Enrichment Program offers funding for activities that complement, extend and enhance your academic experience.

Over 92% of WVU freshmen receive grants or scholarships (2022-2023).

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Learn by Doing

Learning happens outside the classroom. Get involved.

Research opportunities are available in:

  • Carbon Sequestration
  • Water Quality
  • Food Justice
  • Paleontology
  • Critical Minerals

Additional academic opportunities include:

Connect with other students who share your academic interests as a member of:

View all of the student organizations you can join.

Live, study and pursue outside-the-classroom learning in a residence hall community that shares your interests:

Outside of the Evansdale Crossing building.

What you learn outside of the classroom is just as important as what you learn during class. We’ll help you follow your curiosity.

Careers and Outcomes

How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Career Options

Many graduates pursue careers or graduate study in:

  • Environmental Consulting
  • Land Reclamation
  • Environmental Impact Studies
  • Policy Analysis
  • Department of Environmental Protection
  • Division of Natural Resources
  • National and State Parks
  • Mapping/GIS
  • Leidos
  • US Government
  • Local Government
  • US Army Corps of Engineers

Who's Hiring Our Grads

  • Leidos
  • Range Resources
  • US Park Service
  • US Government
  • State and Local Governments
  • NGOs
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Environmental Consulting Firms
  • USGS

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Earth and Environmental Science major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2024-25 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

Tuition and Aid

How much does Earth and Environmental Science at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates are available on our tuition website. Anyone who is not a current West Virginia resident, including international students, will be charged non-resident rates.

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Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending WVU in addition to university scholarships.

Financial Aid

The most important step toward funding your future with financial aid for the Earth and Environmental Science major is submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA.

How to Complete the FAFSA

Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

Review the full list of transfer articulation agreements to see if your institution is listed.

Learn How to Transfer Course Credits

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