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Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
Middletown, CT, United States
The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (E&ES) at 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 E&ES major 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 coastal areas nearby (Long Island Sound) to lagoons far away (Vieques Island, Puerto Rico). The culmination of the major is a capstone course where students perform independent research in the field (Puerto Rico or Death Valley).

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Mineralogy/Laboratory Study of Minerals
  • Geomorphology/Geomorphology Laboratory
  •  Structural Geology/Field Geology
  • Sedimentology/Stratigraphy Techniques
  • Geobiology/Geobiology Laboratory
  • Earth Materials/Earth Materials Laboratory
  • Environmental Geochemistry/Environmental Geochemistry Laboratory
  • Oceans and Climate/Techniques in Ocean and Climate Investigations
  • Ecology
  • Soils/Soils Laboratory
  • Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems
  • Petrogenesis of Igneous and Metamorphic Rocks/Laboratory
  • Hydrology/Hydrology Laboratory
  • Quantitative Methods for the Biological and Environmental Sciences
  • Introduction to GIS/GIS Service Learning Laboratory
  • Isotope Geochemistry: Tracers of Environmental Processes
  • Remote Sensing/Remote-Sensing Laboratory
  • Global Climate Change
  • Living in a Polluted World
  • Modeling the Earth and Environment

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Completed Common Application, including Wesleyan’s member-specific questions
  • Secondary School Report and official high school transcript(s)
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Mid-year Grade Report
  • Two Teacher Evaluations—applicants are encouraged to submit one teacher recommendation from a humanities and social science teacher and one from a math or science teacher
  • $55 Application Fee (non-refundable) or Fee Waiver
  • Interviews – Not required, but highly recommended as they allow exchange of information between student and University.
  • Supplemental Materials – Pieces of work that are relevant for the music, theatre or visual arts programs shall be submitted only when applying for such bachelors or masters degrees.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    50942 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 50942 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    52174 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52174 USD per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Middletown

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

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


Student Loans:

  • First Year: $3,500
  • Sophomore: $4,500
  • Junior: $5,500
  • Senior: $5,500

Federal Perkins Loan:

  • 5% fixed interest
  • Ten-year repayment begins nine months after graduation.
  • Deferments are granted while you are in college and for graduate or professional study or for economic hardship as defined by the Department of Education.

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