Earth and Environmental Sciences Prospective Students Furman University

Do you ever think about how human activities are transforming the Earth? Do you wonder what a sustainable future might look like and how we can get there? If so, then the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is the place for you. Our faculty members represent a complete spectrum of expertise within Earth Systems Science, with the academic breadth necessary to help you understand the complex relationships between humans and the planet that sustains them.

Our educational model seeks a holistic, systems-level understanding of the physical, chemical, biological, and social interactions that shape the Earth and potential solutions to the “one planet problem.” We emphasize the breadth of the complexity and dynamics of human-environment systems and have undertaken a cutting edge position to bridge the natural and social sciences. Our expanded viewpoint beyond a classic geology curriculum allows us not only to reveal the problems caused by human transformation of the environment, but also to pose potential solutions to changing environmental conditions. Through Furman’s liberal arts curriculum, we provide our students with a range of perspectives so that they have the skills, values and knowledge to pursue sustainable solutions.

Program overview

Furman’s liberal arts foundation enables a broad, interdisciplinary view of the human-environment relationship, while specific courses and research within our discipline will develop the expertise you need to succeed in graduate school or the job market. Discover our Earth and Environmental Sciences program.

Career opportunities

Our flexible curriculum supports a tremendous range of graduate programs and career opportunities. Our graduates are currently working toward advanced degrees in areas like hydrogeology, plant and soil science, biogeochemistry, environmental law, public policy, sustainability science, public health, urban planning, and geography, to name just a few. Learn about career opportunities.

Outstanding faculty

Our faculty members are our biggest asset. They are driven by the desire to support your education. With expertise in a variety of disciplines, they teach, mentor, and collaborate. Get to know our faculty.

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Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, our beautiful campus is full of geological discoveries. You can meet with one of our admissions counselors to find out more about what we offer. Plan a visit.

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