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Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences

The Earth and Environmental Sciences Major trains students to receive a broad foundation in natural and physical sciences related to environmental and Earth sciences. Students are required to learn material from several core areas of the Earth sciences.

Click on this link for the Course requirements in the LSA Academics and Requirements website.

To Declare the Major

To declare an Earth and Environmental Sciences major, make an appointment with a department undergraduate advisor. Students can declare the major in advance of completing all of the prerequisites. Visit Earth and Environmental Sciences Advising for contact information.



The Honors major consists of a series of special academic opportunities supplementary to any of the Earth and Environmental Science major. The Honors major is tailored to fit the interests of qualified students, and offers an opportunity to increase the breadth and depth of their undergraduate experience. Eligible students are juniors with a 3.4 minimum GPA in Earth and Environmental Sciences courses plus a 3.4 minimum cumulative GPA over all.

Honors Thesis:

Honors students complete a thesis by the end of their senior year under supervision of a faculty advisor. The Honors Thesis must be approved by the student's faculty advisor first; a second reader is optional. The thesis has to be submitted by email to the Department's Associate Chair for Curriculum on the last day of classes of the term in which a student graduates. A PDF copy is uploaded to the University's Deep Blue archive.

How to Find Your Major GPA

Log into Wolverine Access, Student Business. Click the My Academics link, then Academic Requirements and generate your degree audit. Towards the bottom of the section about your major, click the green triangle to expand "Pending--Earth and Environmental Sciences GPA Requirement", then expand the section titled "Includes all EARTH courses, plus all cognates." Under the "Satisfied" or "Not Satisfied" text is a bullet point with "GPA: 2.000 required, X.XXX actual."


Questions? Contact the Earth and Environmental Services Department Office.