Major Programs

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Earth Science

Make the Earth your career! Where will the next earthquake strike? What is the probability of flooding where you live or work? Are you interested in the physical processes that affect our lives and living on Earth? If so, then consider pursuing a major in Earth Science. Our career-focused approach within the program allows students to pursue their interests while using professionally relevant skills.

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Environmental Science

Do you want to understand how systems in the environment function and interact? Do you enjoy hands-on learning about the environment? If so, then pursue Environmental Science to experience and practice environmental stewardship. Our program’s career-focused concentrations allow students to explore their interests while developing professionally relevant skills.

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Environmental Studies and Sustainability

Are you interested in connections among ecological, economic, and social systems? Do you want to work collaboratively to address sustainability challenges? If so, then choose the Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ENSS) major. Our students understand the complexity of environmental challenges and can apply tools to solve them.

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Geographic Information Science & Technology

Do you wish to develop technical skills in a growing professional field? Would you like to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements calling for GIS knowledge? If so, then our GIST program is for you. Our students develop the skills and experience to succeed in one of the top emerging professions of the 21st Century.

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Certificate Programs

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Geographic Information Systems Certificate

Are you looking to differentiate yourself when applying for a crowded position? Are you interested in becoming an expert in your field by using geospatial software and skills to analyze and visualize geographic relationships in order to solve problems and make decisions? Then, consider our GIS Certificate program where you will gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge necessary to enter the rapidly expanding field of geographic information science.

Students pursuing the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate program develop technical skills and specialized training to meet current or future job requirements calling for GIS knowledge. Students will use geographical data and industry-standard computer technology to assemble, manipulate, analyze, and visualize geographic data for use in problem-solving and decision making.

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Minor Programs

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Earth Science Minor

Where will the next earthquake strike? What is the probability of flooding where you live or work? Are you interested in the physical processes that affect our lives and living on Earth? If so, then consider pursuing a minor in Earth Science.

The Earth Science minor at NMU provides students with a thorough knowledge of Earth’s physical environment including its geology, weather and climate, astronomical relationships, and hydrology, as well as excellent field experience, locally and abroad.

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Environmental Studies Minor

Are you interested in addressing environmental challenges? If so, then consider pursuing the Environmental Studies minor.

Students who minor in Environmental Studies at NMU are trained and educated to observe, measure and influence how people interact with Earth’s natural and cultural environments. Such observations and measurements yield knowledge that will help us to better understand our changing world and to ensure its sustainability through the implementation of holistic solutions.

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Geographic Information Science & Technology Minor

Do you wish to develop technical skills in a growing professional field? Would you like to acquire specialized training to meet current or future job requirements calling for GIS knowledge? If so, then consider adding a GIS & Technology minor to your degree program.

By using geographical data and today’s leading computer technology, students will learn to assemble, manipulate, analyze, and visualize spatial data in order to solve problems and make decisions.

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Sustainability Minor

Do you want to work collaboratively to address sustainability challenges? If so, then consider adding a minor in Sustainability.

Defined broadly, sustainable development is about meeting the needs of the present without sacrificing future generations’ ability to do so. It is widely accepted that focusing attention on “sustainability” may be our best approach to ensuring a lasting quality of life on Earth.

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Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Cluster Minor

Are you interested in customizing your skills and experience in the earth, environmental, and geographical sciences? If so, then this "build your own" minor may be for you.

The Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences (EEGS) Cluster Minor affords students the opportunity to design their own minor that includes courses offered by EEGS and other departments at the University and that fits a disciplinary theme. Students can relate their cluster minor to their academic, professional, and personal interests and goals.

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testimonial by maggie bailey

"I am forever grateful for the faculty members who encouraged me to explore opportunities beyond academia. Because of their encouragement, I formed meaningful connections within the Marquette Community and was able to participate in impactful campaigns. These experiences left me feeling fulfilled and motivated to pursue systemic change beyond my time at NMU."

Margaret Bailey

BS, Environmental Science, 2024