Earth and Environmental Sciences

Welcome to the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences!

We offer five majors and one minor to allow you maximum flexibility in pursuing your academic and career interests: Environmental Science – Natural Science and Social Science tracks, Geology, Environmental Geology, and our newest major, Interdisciplinary Science Studies, which is designed for students interested in elementary science education.  We also offer a Minor in Environmental SustainabilityClick on the topics to the left for more information.  UMW graduate?  Please take our alumni survey.


Department News:

UMW student and professor recently returned from a research expedition to the equatorial Pacific.pam-g_photo-2

Dr. Pamela Grothe (right) and Environmental Geology student Andrea Moore visited Christmas Island to collect ancient coral samples as part of a study of Earth’s climate history. See the story here.  Read about this project and other student research here.

Meet our newest faculty member:tyler-frankel-photo-3

We are very happy to welcome environmental toxicologist Dr. Tyler Frankel to our department.  Dr. Frankel will join us in the Fall 2018 semester.  More information on Dr. Frankel and our continuing faculty is found on our Faculty page.



Our new departmental home is now under construction (sketch below). 

Click here for more information.