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I want to take the earth science route in uni, with one of those unis possibly being Lancaster. So my questions is what is the difference between "environmental science" and "earth and environmental science." From what I could gather earth and environmental science has more fieldwork and so has you working more hands on. Though looking at the modules they seem very similar. I might be completely wrong with what I've just said... but still.. whats people views? Thanks
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I want to take the earth science route in uni, with one of those unis possibly being Lancaster. So my questions is what is the difference between "environmental science" and "earth and environmental science." From what I could gather earth and environmental science has more fieldwork and so has you working more hands on. Though looking at the modules they seem very similar. I might be completely wrong with what I've just said... but still.. whats people views? Thanks
From what I can tell, the first two years are practically identical. They diverge in the third (and optional fourth) years where Earth and Environmental Science offers more geology-based modules (such as Geological hazards, Physical Volcanology, etc) whereas Environmental Science offers more environment-based modules (such as Water resources management, Environmental aspects of renewable energy, etc). The two courses are still pretty similar and a lot of optional courses are still shared in the last two years but if you think you're more interested in the environmental side of things go with pure Environmental Science and if you think hard-earth stuff like Volcanology might be more interesting, go with Earth and Environmental Science.

Given how similar the two courses are though (particularly in Years 1 and 2) I'd have thought it'd probably be possible to transfer between the two within the first few years so you could potentially change your mind later on if you decide the other course looks more interesting.
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