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Earth Science and Society, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Poughkeepsie, NY, United States
The department combines the perspectives of the natural and social sciences. With the entire Earth as a laboratory, Earth science students investigate issues of climate change, hydrology and pollution, oceanography, sustainable agriculture, earthquakes and other natural disasters, sedimentology, and environmental planning.

Overview

Geography students explore such topics as environmental perception and conservation, urban design and land-use planning, global economic change, migration and population patterns, regional studies, cartography, and geographic information systems. Both Earth science and geography faculty also teach in various multidisciplinary programs, such as environmental studies, international studies, urban studies, and women’s studies. Options include majors as well as correlate sequences in each discipline, and two interdepartmental majors, anthropology-geography and Earth science and society. For a major in geography, a senior seminar and thesis are required. For geology, senior research is a prerequisite for departmental honors.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Earth Resource Challenges
  • Hot Topics in Earth Science and the Media
  • Science and Justice in the Anthropocene
  • Global Geography: People, Places, and Regions
  • Gender, Resources and Justice

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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  • Minimum required score:

    600

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General Requirements

Admission to Vassar is highly selective. Although we weigh a number of factors in the admission decision, the most important is academic ability, as demonstrated by performance in high school. We also consider personal strengths, motivation, and potential as evidenced in essays, recommendations, and out-of-class involvements. Standardized test scores are also reviewed, as an indicator of academic aptitude.While we do not prescribe a specific secondary school program, we expect applicants to have elected the most demanding courses available. Therefore, we recommend students elect four years of English, Mathematics, Laboratory Science, History or Social Science, and Foreign Language. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56130 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56130 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56130 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Poughkeepsie

  • 1138 - 2480 USD/month
    Living Costs

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