Undergraduate Program

BS: Earth Sciences

The bachelor of science in Earth Sciences is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. The program represents a strong concentration in the Earth sciences and is especially well suited for students who plan to continue their studies in graduate school. Beyond a central core of courses, there are several possible specializations (geology, geophysics, oceanography, climate) from which students must chose in order to develop depth in a particular area of Earth sciences. Students are encouraged to attend a summer off-campus field experience, for which scholarship funds may be available.

Degree Requirements

  1. Satisfy all University General Education Requirements or Discovery Program Requirements*
    • *Students entering on or after Fall, 2010 fall under the University Discovery Program whereas those that entered before Fall, 2010 fall under the University General Education Program
  2. Satisfactorily complete MATH 425 and 426, CHEM 403 and 404 (or CHEM 405 if applicable), PHYS 407 and 408. Some of these courses may also satisfy Discovery Program requirements.
  3. Complete the core curriculum that includes a ESCI 401, The Dynamic Earth, or ESCI 409, Geology and the Environment; ESCI 402, Earth History; ESCI 501, Introduction to Oceanography; ESCI 512, Principles of Mineralogy; ESCI 530, Geological Field Methods or ESCI 534, Techniques in Environmental Sciences; and ESCI 654, Fate and Transport in the Environment, ESCI 658, Quantitative Methods in the Earth Sciences or ESCI 731, Geodynamics.
  4. Complete one of the approved concentrations:
    • Oceanography – BIO 411 (satisfies BS Discovery requirement); ESCI 514; at least three of the following four courses: ESCI 750, ESCI 752, ESCI 758, ESCI 759; and three upper-level approved electives.
    • Geology – ESCI 561, ESCI 614, ESCI 631, ESCI 652, and two approved 700-level electives.
    • Geophysics – Math 527, Math 528, ESCI 561 or ESCI 614, ESCI 631, ESCI 731, ESCI 734 or ESCI 735.
    • Climate – ESCI 514; ESCI 561; at least two of the following three courses: ESCI 760, ESCI 762, ESCI 765; and three upper-level approved electives.
  5. Complete three additional approved science/math electives. The following should be considered: additional 700-level Earth sciences courses; additional chemistry, mathematics, and physics courses; courses in computer science, engineering, and the biological sciences; and an off-campus field camp.
  6. Senior Capstone

Below are a resume and an idealized course schedule by semester for undergraduates interested in the BS in Earth Sciences option. (.pdf format)

Climate Track
Geology Track
Geophysics Track
Oceanography Track

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