Basic Structure of the Department
- The department offers two tracks, Earth Sciences and Environmental Earth Sciences, with a major and minor in each track. The Earth Sciences track is focused on the geological sciences. The Environmental Earth Sciences track focuses and the application of the earth sciences to environmental challenges and incorporates flexibility for interdisciplinary study with related departments.
- Students begin the study of Earth sciences at Dartmouth by taking courses in either one of two sets of courses: introductory level courses (EARS 1-9) or collection and analysis of Earth science data courses (EARS 10-19). Introductory level courses provide an overview of a broad suite of themes within Earth sciences whereas data courses provide a deeper exploration of a particular sub discipline of Earth sciences.
- Majors typically participate in the department's off-campus studies program during the fall of the junior year. The off-campus studies program is a core requirement of both majors and commonly part of the minors. It is designed as a departure from textbook and classroom instruction and provides hands-on experience in the study of the Earth. Prerequisites for the program include ONE of EARS 1-9 (excluding EARS 7, EARS 1 is preferable), CHEM 5, and EARS 40.
Information for the First-Year Student Who Plans on Pursuing Studies in Earth Sciences or Environmental Earth Sciences
- The Earth science curriculum is structured into sets of courses sharing key concepts, skills, and competencies which reflect, in part, the ongoing effort within the broader Earth science community to define the core ideas and supporting concepts that define the earth sciences (see http://www.earthscienceliteracy.org). The major requirements are designed to enable students to take at least one course from each set of courses. By the end of the sophomore year, a student electing to pursue an Earth Science Major has typically taken at least one course from each of the first two sets of courses typically take at least one course from each of the first two sets of courses (EARS 1-9 exclusive of EARS 7; EARS 10-19) and the supporting prerequisites for the major (Chem 5 and any one of the following courses taken at Dartmouth: MATH 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 23, or 46) by the end of their sophomore year. Students take EARS 40 during the summer after their sophomore year. Additional major requirements are then fulfilled by participating in the departmental field program (EARS 45, 46, 47) and successfully completing other, higher-level courses during the junior and senior years.
- Students who have any other questions, should contact the undergraduate advisor, Leslie Sonder (Leslie.J.Sonder@Dartmouth.EDU)
Current Enrollments, Class Size, and Distributives
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