Geologic processes, forest dynamics, human use of natural resources, and environmental policy are the emphases of the Department of Earth and Environmental Systems at the University of the South.

Students examine the physical, biological, and chemical components of natural landscapes, and they also address the economic, social and political aspects of environmental issues as part of their study.

The department stresses work both within and outside the classroom, and we train students to make field observations, conduct data analyses, and to give concise oral and written presentations of their work.

Majors, Minors and Certificates: The Department offers four majors including Forestry, Geology, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Environment and Sustainability. We also offer three minors (Environmental Studies, Forestry, Geology) and administer the Watershed Science Certificate.

"Thinking with Fuels: Toward Postcarbon and Other Futures"
April 3, 2017
All are welcome to attend a lecture by Karen Pinkus, Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, Cornell University entitled "Thinking with Fuels: Toward Postcarbon and Other Future" on Monday, April 10 at 6:00P.M. at Gailor Auditorium
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Students Conduct Water Quality Study on Duck River
November 19, 2014
Recently, students in the Watershed Sciences Capstone course conducted an extensive water quality study of the Duck River in central Tennessee, which is known to be one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America.
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Post-fire Historical Documentation of the Construction Materials and Methods Used in Rebel's Rest
December 12, 2014
An interdisciplinary team of faculty and students are documenting physical and cultural elements on this historic building and grounds.
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