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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Earth Science

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Department Geography
College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BA, BS, BS Earth Science Teaching, Certificate in Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes
Program Description
The Earth Science program focuses study on the Earth’s interrelated natural systems of the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere and Earth's place in the cosmos.  Earth Science provides the scientific basis for understanding the interactions of chemical, physical and biological processes at all spatial and temporal scales on our planet - ranging from microscopic to planetary and on timescales from the immediate to billions of years. The impact of Earth systems and humans on one another are of paramount societal importance and are a focus of Earth Science studies.
The Earth Science program provides two major pathways of study: Earth Science (BA or BS) or Earth Science Teaching (BS).  Students can also elect to pursue a Certificate in Geomorphology and Earth Surface Processes and/or a minor in Earth Science.  An associated interdisciplinary certificate in "Geoarcheology" is described under "Anthropology." For secondary teacher licensure, see the “Science Teaching” program and major.
Admission Requirements Admission to Major is granted by the department.
Minimum University admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements  
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Phillip Larson
Office: 222G Morris Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1259
College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall
College of Science, Engineering & Technology Advising
Ken Adams, Student Relations Coordinator
125 Trafton Science Center C.
Mankato, MN 56001

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