Earth Science, B.A. | Portland State University | Portland, United States
48 months
29706 USD/year
29706 USD/year
10806 USD/year
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Discover how the planet functions from the core to the atmosphere with an Earth Science degree from Portland State University. As an earth sciences major, you'll gain foundational knowledge about the Earth's materials, evolution, resources, and sustainability. 

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The Earth Science degree from Portland State University grounds you in the geologic framework of inquiry and problem solving while encouraging you to explore the link between the geologic perspective of earth systems and concepts of sustainability.

You'll graduate with a well-rounded education in the earth, space, physical, and life sciences, preparing you for a range of educational and professional jobs.

The earth science degree is a flexible but focused program, allowing you to take courses in biology and sustainability-related topics that will give you a competitive advantage in today's job market. This background will give you a competitive advantage for careers in education as teachers in elementary and high schools and at the college level; as well as careers in governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, and in the private sector such as with engineering, architecture and planning firms or in the construction, mining, and petroleum industries.


The demand for highly qualified science teachers in Oregon is high, and PSU's bachelor's degree in earth science equips future teachers with experience in scientific inquiry approaches and knowledge of critical issues in atmospheric science, hydrology, our dynamic and ever-changing surface environment, and climate change and its impacts on earth systems.

Earth science majors can also work in a variety of environmental jobs in business, industry, consulting, and government agencies. Many of our graduates go on to become general or earth science teachers in middle and high schools, but the major also prepares you to work in careers addressing the challenges that come with environmental and economic development.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Life of the Past
  • Geology of the Oregon Country
  • Geology and the National Parks
  • Exploring Mars
  • Geomorphic Processes
  • Geology of the Pacific Northwest
  • Cascade Volcanoes

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

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180 SCH


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English requirements

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General requirements

  • You must have a cumulative (overall) grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 when converted to the U.S. 4.0 grading scale.
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. You may be admitted to Portland State University and an Intensive English Language Program (IELP) pathway if you do not meet PSU's English Language Proficiency Requirement. Learn more about PSU’s English language programs.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29706 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29706 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29706 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    10806 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10806 USD per year during 48 months.

Washington Border Discount (WBD): $11,706

Living costs for Portland

1271 - 2262 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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