Best Colleges for Earth Sciences

6,574

Graduates Per Year

$56K

Average Salary

#70

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Popular

6,574

7% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

456

138% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

69

Animal Sciences

6,605

70

Earth Sciences

6,574

71

International Business

6,509

Most Widely Offered Degrees

45

/

405

Rare

Common

offeringnot offering71%71%

Top 100 Colleges offering this degree

publicprivate74%74%

Degree Granting Schools that are Public

Most Graduates

By Region

Far West

1,250
Washington State University

By State

California

722
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo

By Conference

Pacific-12 Conference

538
University of Colorado Boulder

By School

Arizona State University-Tempe

151

POPULARITY

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.