The Department of Earth Science and Geography is unique at Vassar in combining both the natural and social sciences. By exploring the physical processes shaping our planet, Earth science illuminates the possibilities and constraints of human activity. By examining societies in their spatial and regional contexts, geography addresses the human dimensions of global change.
We share many interdisciplinary research and teaching interests, such as water resources, soils and food, climate change, resource conservation, political ecology, environmental justice, historic preservation, urbanization, natural hazards, and sustainable development. Students can major in Earth science, geography, or Earth science and society, which incorporates the two disciplines.