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Earth Science and Society

The societal challenges created by the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, and future climate change point to the importance of studying the intersection of Earth processes and human systems. Vassar students interested in interactions between humans and the Earth can elect the interdisciplinary major in Earth science and society, which presents an integrated and rigorous focus on the Earth as humanity’s home. It offers students the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry with faculty in one department while learning the theories and methodologies of the two geosciences.

Students majoring in Earth science and society take a series of departmental courses to satisfy the major requirements. Students interested in the major are encouraged to take ESSC 100, Earth Resource Challenges, a course that examines the intersection of social and environmental issues on a particular theme. Other courses for the major are drawn from the department’s intermediate and advanced offerings. Interdisciplinary courses outside the department relevant to the study of Earth science and society may be substituted in partial fulfillment of the major with approval of the department.

Courses and Requirements

Academic requirements and courses are available in the Vassar College Catalogue.