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Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Middletown, CT, United States
The Earth and Environmental Sciences program of Wesleyan University covers many aspects of the natural world, on Earth and on other planets. Course topics range from active volcanoes to climate change to eco-conservation.
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The Earth and Environmental Sciences program of Wesleyan University is designed to prepare students for graduate school, as well as provide a basis for a variety of careers in the private or public sectors. Courses in geology, environmental science/environmental chemistry, environmental science/ecology, and planetary geology lead to different areas of specialization and career options.

Many E&ES students work with faculty on research projects that range from climate studies to active volcanoes in the Andes, from the structure of the Grand Canyon to the structure of the planet Venus, from nearby coastal areas (Long Island Sound) to faraway lagoons (Vieques Island, Puerto Rico). The culmination of the major is a capstone course where students perform independent research in the field (Puerto Rico, Death Valley, the Connecticut River Valley, or Hawaii).

Career Options and the E&ES major

Earth and environmental sciences majors go on to pursue a wide range of careers, limited only by their own imaginations. E&ES courses can be selected to help prepare for a student’s long-term interests. The course listings below are not requirements, but suggested guidelines. Students interested in academic or research careers should consider involvement in research or producing a senior thesis.

Student Learning Goals

Students graduating with a BA degree in earth and environmental sciences should be able to:

  • Decipher the structure, composition, and dynamics of the earth system. The student should understand the structure and composition of earth’s spheres (geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, biosphere), and how these spheres interact with one another and change over time.
  • Apply the scientific method. The student should be able to develop and test scientific hypotheses.
  • Understand data. The student should understand how earth and environmental sciences data are produced, interpreted, and applied.
  • Apply quantitative tools. The student should be able to select and apply appropriate quantitative techniques to earth and environmental sciences questions (e.g., calculus, statistics, spatial analysis).
  • Use the primary literature. The student should be able to search for and understand publications from the primary scientific literature.
  • Critically evaluate scientific claims. The student should be able to critique arguments made in the earth and environmental sciences literature.
  • Communicate. The student should be able to present earth and environmental sciences data and their interpretation in a variety of written, visual, and oral formats.
  • Conduct research. The student should be able to carry out an original research project, including: the identification of a research problem; the formulation of a hypothesis; the design of the methodology; the collection, processing, and interpretation of data; and the presentation of findings in written, visual, and oral formats.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Earth System Science
  • Nuclear Power Plant Design and the Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima Accidents
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Meteorites and Cosmochemistry
  • Living in a Polluted World
  • Mass Extinctions in the Oceans: Animal Origins to Anthropocene

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Secondary School Report and official high school transcripts
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-year Grade Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
  • If you wish to submit your SAT or ACT as proof of English proficiency, you must submit all sections of the SAT or ACT.
  • A high degree of proficiency in English, as described below, must also be demonstrated.
  • A strong secondary school preparation in English, social science, science, mathematics, and a foreign language.
  • Candidates studying at schools outside the US who have taken national examinations for university admission (A levels, French Baccalaureate, ISC, International Baccalaureate, etc.) are expected to have achieved superior results.
  • Interviews are not required as part of the admissions process, but we encourage prospective students to arrange them if possible.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    59086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59086 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    59086 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 59086 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Middletown

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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