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BA Earth Science

The Earth Science degree at Portland State University is a flexible but focused program, allowing you to take courses in biology and sustainability-related topics that will give you a competitive advantage in today’s job market.

Quick Facts

Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: January, April, September
Tuition Fee: $29,706 per year
Location: Portland Campus (Portland, United States)

Discover how the planet functions from the core to the atmosphere with a bachelor’s degree in earth science from PSU.As an Earth Science degree at Portland State University major, you’ll gain a foundational knowledge about the Earth’s materials, evolution, resources, and sustainability.

Our program grounds you in the geologic framework of inquiry and problem solving, while encouraging you to explore the link between the geologic perspective of earth systems and concepts of sustainability.

You’ll graduate with a well-rounded education in the earth, space, physical and life sciences, preparing you for a range of educational and professional jobs.


The demand for highly qualified science teachers in Oregon is high, and PSU’s bachelor’s degree in earth science equips future teachers with experience in scientific inquiry approaches and knowledge of critical issues in atmospheric science, hydrology, our dynamic and ever-changing surface environment, and climate change and its impacts on earth systems.


Courses Included

  • Life of the Past
  • Geology of the Oregon Country
  • Geology and the National Parks
  • Exploring Mars
  • Geomorphic Processes
  • Geology of the Pacific Northwest
  • Cascade Volcanoes