B.A. in Geoscience

The Bachelor of Arts in Geoscience requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 51 s.h. (17-18 courses) of work for the major (35 s.h. in Earth and Environmental Sciences courses and at least 16 s.h. in supporting disciplines). The program is designed to provide students with a varied background in geology and a broader choice of electives than is practical in the B.S. program. The B.A. is intended for students who are interested in the fundamentals of geology or earth science teaching (see Teaching and Learning), College of Education, in the Catalog). Completing the minimum requirements for this degree may not adequately prepare a student for an entry-level professional job in geology.

Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. The department recommends that they fulfill the foreign language requirement with French, German, Russian, or Spanish and the social sciences requirement with an approved course in Economics, Geography, or Anthropology.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. of course work in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

B.A. Degree Course Requirements

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:2410 Mineralogy 4 s.h.

and ONE of these:

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1030 Introduction to Earth History 4 s.h.
EES:1050 Introduction to Geology 4 s.h.

and ONE or BOTH of these:

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1040 Evolution and the History of Life 4 s.h.
EES:3210 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.

and

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES: 2200 Historical Geology 4 s.h.

and at least THREE of these:

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology (previously 012:092) 4 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.

and

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
various Geoscience electives numbered 3000 and above 12 s.h.

B.A. students must complete the following course work in Mathematics and Chemistry (these are minimum requirements).

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
College-level Mathematics (may include Computer Science and Statistics) 10 s.h.

At least 6 s.h. of college-level Chemistry is required, including the following, equivalent courses, or more advanced courses; Chemistry courses numbered below CHEM:1070 General Chemistry I cannot be used to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the B.A. in Geoscience.

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM:1070 / CHEM:1080 General Chemistry I / General Chemistry II 6 s.h.
CHEM:1110 / CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry I / Principles of Chemistry II 8 s.h.

Field Requirement

To complete the major, students must have field experience. They may take two semesters of EES:1180 Geology Field Trip: Selected National Parks or EES:3160 Field Trip, or one semester of each of these courses (total of 4 s.h.). Or they may take one semester of EES:2831 Geologic Field Methods or the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory session.

B.A. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1180 Geology Field Trip: Selected National Parks 2 s.h.
EES:2831 Geologic Field Methods (previously 012:093) 3 s.h.
EES:3160 Field Trip 2 s.h.
One natural science session at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory 3-4 s.h.

Independent Research Option for Earth and Environmental Science Majors

A junior or senior who is ready to pursue independent research for credit in Earth and Environmental Sciences may assist a faculty member or graduate student with a current research project in EES:2190 Directed Study or may initiate a small-scale project involving a combination of field, laboratory, and library investigation with EES:3190 Directed Study. Independent study is encouraged and may result in an honors thesis with EES:4999 Honors Thesis in Geoscience or a senior thesis with EES:4990 Senior Thesis in Geoscience that may be published subsequently.