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Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Science

Environmental Science integrates our understanding of chemical, physical and biological processes to study natural and anthropogenic influenced environments, and provides solutions to environmental problems deemed significant to society.

If you are interested in studying natural and anthropogenic influenced environments, providing solutions to environmental problems, and promoting the efficient and appropriate use of energy, materials, and natural resources this is the discipline for you!


Discover the origin of mountain ranges, the evolution of life and climates through time, the formation of gems and ores, ocean floor volcanos, the assembly of continents, and the meaning of rock strata.  A Bachelor Degree in Geology at MRU will launch your career in the discovery and understanding of Earth processes, the search for new sources of energy and Earth materials, and a lifetime of discovery!

General Science

The Earth and Environmental Science Department contribute courses to the General Science major. The General Science major allows you the flexibility to choose the science courses that meet your specific needs and interests. Contact the department to find an advisor who can help you pick the earth and environmental science courses that are right for you.


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