Undergraduate Programs

Climate, biogeochemical cycles, and planetary tectonics are the three basic processes that shape the environment. Earth and Environmental Scientists face a unique challenge in seeking to understand the complexity of the Earth’s physical and biogeochemical systems. The surface environment of the Earth is controlled by interactions between the deep Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere. These interactions occur on timescales ranging from picoseconds for chemical reactions on mineral surfaces to the billions of years over which plate tectonic processes and biological evolution operate. UMKC’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is at the forefront of scientific discovery in the solid earth, the environmental geosciences and oceanography/climate science. Our faculty and students address critical societal issues, such as climate change and geologic hazards, through research and education.

Undergraduate Options

At UMKC, you will receive cutting-edge undergraduate research opportunities with world-renowned faculty; exposure to theory, experiment/observation and simulation; and have access to numerous connections to career opportunities.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers programs of study leading to Bachelor of Science degrees in Earth and Environmental Sciences with emphases in Environmental Science, Geography, and Geology and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Environmental Studies. The department also offers an undergraduate in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The department takes a leading role in the undergraduate interdisciplinary Environmental Studies program. Courses offered by the department can be used to fulfill the requirements of the Missouri Department of Education for earth science, science-math, and social science teaching specialties.

Students majoring in Earth and Environmental Sciences obtain a broad liberal arts education during their undergraduate career and at the same time receive sound fundamental training in the earth and environmental sciences. Departmental faculty members are committed to educating non-majors about the earth and environmental sciences as well as those students who plan to pursue careers in the earth and environmental sciences.

All undergraduate majors in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences must maintain a minimum grade point average above 2.0 in all courses taken to fulfill departmental degree requirements. This minimum GPA also applies to all credit hours transferred from other institutions.

Students in the Earth and Environmental Sciences address earth-related questions and problems facing society today. Environmental studies focuses on environmental processes and policy. Geography deals with place and the relationships between people and the environment. Geology explores the materials and processes of the earth and its evolution and history.

We offer unique university experiences such as field courses and excursions. The Earth and Environmental Sciences’ faculty and students have conducted research in many countries such as Jordan, Mexico, Chad, China, Korea, Cameroon, the Bahamas, Denmark, Spain, India and Turkey.

Specific requirements and tools for planning a degree can be found in the UMKC Course Catalog.

Academic Advising

As an undergraduate Earth and Environmental Sciences student at UMKC, you will receive specialized academic and career advising tailored to meet your individual needs. It is important to complete a Declaration of Majors Form to officially declare the certificate in order for it to appear in student’s graduation audits.

Learn more about undergraduate advising for Earth and Environmental Sciences students.