Earth and Environmental Science


Associate of Science Degree

Like getting your hands dirty?  Want to know how cliffs were formed?  Concerned about the water quality in your neighborhood or adequate energy resources for the world? Then consider a career in Earth and Environmental Science.


 The program in Earth and Environmental Science provides the student with a broad foundation of Earth Science while allowing the flexibility to concentrate on a specific aspect of Environmental Science such as chemical or biological. This degree is designed for transfer to the University of  Wyoming or other four-year institution granting degrees in specific areas of earth and environmental science.  Bachelors degree prepares you for work as a technical assistant in fields such as geology, hydrologist, geographer, soil scientist, mining engineer, paleontologist or as a teacher of Earth and environmental science.  Advanced degrees (masters and/or doctorate) are usually required to be a program manager or research scientist in these and many other related fields.

The Earth and Environmental Sciences program at CWC offers many scholarships for students majoring in geoscience.  There are also opportunities for professional research projects.  Our current projects include:  water geochemistry and microbe community characterization in a near-by hot springs; surface and ground water surveys in a Wind River basin watershed; soil and rock survey on an anomalous landform just south of campus; and cataloging and preparing museum specimens for display. 

Field Studies
If you like to get outdoors, several field trip opportunities are available every semester.  Recent trips have included:  Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Big Horn Basin and Mountains, The Red Desert and Great Divide Basin, the Wind River Mountains, Sinks Canyon, Wind River Canyon and regional survey trips covering large areas of Wyoming.  Come join the fun!

Note:  The EES program is soon (2011) to include an expanded course list and courses related to the energy industry.

Career Options
To find out more about Geoscience Careers

Many geoscientists are working in green fields such as waste management, material science, mineral and water resources, and alternative energy.  Find out more.


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