The Earth Sciences have been at the heart of Stanford's academic program since the University's beginnings, nearly 120 years ago. Those early geologists focused on the search for and extraction of natural resources, an important endeavor during that age of expanding industrialization. Today the School of Earth Sciences works to gain a better understanding of our planet's history and its future, the energy and resource base that supports society, geologic hazards that impact a growing population, a changing climate and the challenge of sustainability.
Learn more about the school on the School of Earth Sciences website.
Earth Systems is an interdisciplinary environmental science and policy major. You will learn about and independently investigate complex environmental problems caused by human interaction with natural systems. You will become skilled in those areas of science, economics, and policy needed to tackle the globe's most pressing environmental problems and sustainability challenges.
Energy Resources Engineering is the major for students interested in the changing energy landscape and challenges for future energy production. The program allows students to learn more about natural resources such as oil, gas, and geothermal reservoirs, renewable energy resources feasibility and technology, and the technology for managing carbon emissions. Coursework and research in ERE prepares students to work in the energy industry of today and gives necessary tools to make the energy transitions of tomorrow.
The geological and environmental sciences are naturally interdisciplinary and diverse. Students and faculty study mountain building and erosion, Earth's past climate, the evolution of life over time, volcanic eruptions past and present, the environmental effects of mining, and much more. Students spend significant class time in the field and in the lab. If you like to think big, applying chemistry, physics, and biology to the study of the Earth, then Geological and Environmental Sciences could be the field for you.
Geophysicists use physical and mathematical methods to analyze the structure and dynamics of the Earth. The curriculum emphasizes the application of geophysical methods to studies in whole-earth geodynamics, natural resource exploration, natural hazards, and freshwater contamination. If you want to apply math, physics, and computer programming to the study of the Earth, geophysics could be the field for you.
Last update: December 15, 2009 9:30 AM