Sigma Gamma Epsilon: The Honor Society for Earth Sciences

Sigma Gamma Epsilon: The Honor Society for Earth Sciences

Melissa W.

What college major was recently named by USA Today as having students “the least likely to be unemployed and some of the best-paid college graduates”? Earth Science! With global warming on the rise, it’s no surprise there’s an uptick in need for these professionals. Sigma Gamma Epsilon celebrates the top students who are studying in the field.

Founded in 1915 at The University of Kansas, Sigma Gamma Epsilon recognizes students excelling in Earth Sciences disciplines. According to the organization’s website, the main objective of Sigma Gamma Epsilon is “the scholastic, scientific, and professional advancement of its members and the extension of relations of friendship and assistance among colleges and universities which are devoted to the advancement of the Earth Sciences.”

In order to qualify for membership, students must have completed a minimum of 10 semester hours/credits in Earth Sciences and maintained a 3.0 GPA combined with a minimum of a 2.67 GPA in all other courses. Interested students who believe they meet the qualifications can notify the organization’s campus advisor who can then nominate for membership. 

Sigma Gamma Epsilon grads land themselves in a variety of careers, from astrobiologists to elementary school science teachers and the opportunities are endless -- pretty much any issue you can think of involving the earth, there’s a job for that!

Sigma Gamma Epsilon currently has over 200 chapters nationwide. You’ll recognize these top-performing Earth Science grads by their wearing of three solid honor cords: gold, royal blue, and silver/grey.

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Are you a member of Sigma Gamma Epsilon? What career did you choose after graduation? Let us know in the comments!


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