Earth and Planetary Sciences

Brief Description of Concentration

people exploring mountainsOur environment is increasingly subject to stresses placed upon it.  We have an imperative to better understand the consequences of human activities for the Earth’s atmosphere, the oceans, the solid Earth, and all who inhabit it.  EPS studies involve students in the development and application of new tools and technologies, state-of-the-art computational modeling of a wide range of Earth planetary processes, and field work in remote and challenging settings.

Learning Objectives

Because the Earth’s natural systems  are interconnected, the training of Earth and planetary scientists broadly spans biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, mathematics, and the Earth sciences themselves, and provides a wide range of intellectual foundation that is beyond what is typically possible in a "pure" science program.  

Gateway Courses

  • EPS 10 A Brief History of the Earth (fall) 
  • GENED 1167 Climate Crossroads (fall)
  • GENED 1085 Energy Resources and the Environment (spring; bracketed 20-21) 
  • GENDED 1098 Natural Disasters (fall)


The department is currently developing an EPS community database to help connect current students with alumni to share information about career paths, job opportunities & internships, and provide mentorship.  For examples of activities and careers EPS alumni pursue, visit the Alumni Notes section in Earth & Planetary Times.

For the latest information on all things EPS, please visit the department web page.


Earth and Planetary Sciences Advising Events