The Earth and Environmental Sciences (EaES) major is the first step on the pathway to post-graduate work and/or employment in geoscience and environmental science.  The major, or the minor, is also a valuable degree for those pursuing other career choices – for example, in medicine, public health, law, education, business, or social sciences. 

The information on these webpages is for students who have selected an EaES major or minor, who are thinking about doing so, or who are simply interested in taking one or more of our courses.

For Majors or Minors:

  • Define your academic goals as early as possible to be able to meet the requirements of the College and the Department in a minimum amount of time.
  • Meet once a semester with the Undergraduate Student Advisor.
  • Our webpages include information on the requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but also consult the UIC Undergraduate Catalog and meet with a College advisor.
  • Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies (Professor Roy Plotnick, 2454 SES, (312) 996-2111, with any questions.
  • Check bulletin boards in the Department (2400 quadrant of SES) for information on jobs, internships, scholarships, etc.
  • EaES Majors listserv: Listserv e-mails contain information on internships, Department events, scholarship opportunities, etc. If you are not signed up, please contact the DUS.
  • NOTE: The major requirements were revised in Fall 2010.  The new requirements apply to all students declaring the major beginning with that semester. Students in the major prior to that date may fulfill the older or newer set of requirements.