What is Earth and Planetary Sciences?

Earth and Planetary Sciences is a multidisciplinary field that encompasses the study of the Earth and its various components. We focus on understanding the processes that shape our planet as well as societal concerns about climate change and natural disasters.

  • Geology (the study of the Earth’s solid materials)
  • Earth System Sciences (the interactions between geology, atmosphere, oceans and humans)
  • Geophysics (the physical processes and properties of the Earth)
  • Planetary Geology (study of the formation and evolution of planets)

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A degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences provides an opportunity to address many of the challenges society is facing due to climate change, including:  

  • Responsibly identifing new sources of metals and other mineral resources critical for our sustainability goals
  • Predicting natural disasters, managing natural resources, and mitigating the impacts of climate change.
  • Making informed decisions regarding environmental conservation and sustainable development.


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