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Geosciences, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Geosciences program at Williams University offers an understanding of the evolution of our planet and its interacting global systems.  In this era of global change, geoscience provides the tools that can help us learn to live sustainably with our environment, and appreciate our place within the vastness of Earth history. 
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Forces within the Earth create mountain ranges and ocean basins and drive the movements of continents. Wind, water and ice shape the surface of the Earth, making and changing the landscapes around us.  Sedimentary rocks and the fossils within them teach us how life and climate have evolved over the vastness of time. The Geosciences program at Williams University helps students understand and appreciate these complex Earth systems.


Our department is small, and this means students and faculty interact closely in the classroom, on field trips, and during department events which range from cookouts to watching cheesy geology-themed movies. Our graduates leave Williams for a wide range of careers, including environmental consulting, hydrology, hazard assessment, the energy and  mining industries, outdoor education, and teaching and research in universities, colleges, and secondary schools. 

Many students choose to double-major in a diversity of fields across the divisions, and often find jobs where they can apply the synergies of their Geoscience double major. No matter what field they enter, all our Geoscience graduates pursue their lives and careers with a deeper appreciation for the natural world around them.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Co-evolution of Earth and Life
  • An Unfinished Planet
  • Global Warming & Natural Disasters
  • Oceanography
  • Geomorphology
  • Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • Paleobiology
  • Geographic Information Systems

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56971 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56971 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

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