Earth sciences is the 70th most popular degree in America, with 6,574 students receiving their bachelors degree last year. It just beat out #71 International Business, and narrowly lost to #69 Animal Sciences.
The degree is offered at a total of 456 colleges across the nation, and is the 45th most widely offered degree. Given that earth sciences is offered at 71% of the Top 100 Best Colleges in America, you can be sure this is a critical degree and the skillsets acquired are likely to last for a long time.
It is also worth noting that just below 75% of colleges offering earth sciences are public making it a quite accessible field.
The far west produces the most earth sciences graduates, largely led by Washington State University, while it’s the Pacific-12 Conference that leads conference totals. As far as states, California ranks highest, with particular help from California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo and University of California-Santa Barbara.
All that being said, no individual school produces more earth sciences graduates than Arizona State University-Tempe, which graduated 151 students last year alone. Although size is critical, another important factor to consider is the program’s density (the percent of all students that study earth sciences). More students studied earth sciences as a percentage of total students at United States Coast Guard Academy than any other college.