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Earth Science, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Frostburg, MD, United States
Applying interdisciplinary techniques to locate, identify and characterize natural processes, reconstruct landscapes and examine the impacts of climate change on a diverse range of environments, Frostburg State University Earth Science majors seek answers to today’s most pressing scientific questions. 
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Program highlights

  • Integrate geomorphology, geology, soils survey, environmental reconstruction, field work, geographic data handling, remote sensing and original research into your studies.
  • Develop the skills and ability to reconstruct environments and explore remote regions of the earth.
  • Complete approximately 50 percent of your lab work in the field, exploring rock deposits, waterways, swamps and other settings in the natural environment.
  • Explore earth science using Frostburg State University excellent scientific facilities and equipment that include chemical analysis laboratories, a sediment preparation laboratory, surveying equipment, subsurface coring instruments, pollen extraction ability, computer laboratories with the industry standard GIS software and much more.
  • Complete a senior Earth Science research project exploring real world challenges and have the opportunity to present your findings at international scientific conferences.
  • Intern at locations such as the U.S. Geological Survey, soil testing companies, environmental consultancies and many other such organizations, if desired.
  • Take part in a studying abroad exchange program in the United Kingdom or another country earning credit that can be applied to your earth science degree requirements, if desired.


According to information presented in a webinar by the American Geosciences Institute about the Outcomes of the Geoscience Undergraduate Education Summit, earth sciences graduates can anticipate 35 percent growth in career positions over the next 10 years. 

One reason for the growth is an estimated loss of 12 percent of the earth science workforce to retirement. An additional explanation for career growth in the earth sciences field is growing public concern over the demands populations are placing on our diminishing natural resources. 

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

  • Physical Geology and Geomorphology
  • Earth Systems History
  • Fund. of Geographic Data Handling 
  • Elements of Applied Probability and Statistics
  • Research Methods in Geography
  • Biogeography
  • Natural Hazards in the Physical Environment
  • Fluvial/Coastal Geomorphology 
  • Quantitative Analytical Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Submit an original Application for Admission to Frostburg State University. 
  • Pay the one-time application fee of $45.00 (USD) to Frostburg State University. 
  • Submit official or school certified academic transcript(s) from all high schools and/or colleges/universities attended.  
  • Submit an International Student Certification of Financial Support form along with required supporting financial documents.  

Tuition Fee

  • International

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    20800 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 20800 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    6700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 6700 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Frostburg

  • 1216 - 2060 USD/month
    Living Costs

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