B.S. in Geoscience

The Bachelor of Science in Geoscience requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 69 s.h. (18 courses) of work for the major (41 s.h. in geoscience courses and at least 31 s.h. in supporting disciplines). The program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation or to enter a graduate program.

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.S. Degree Course Requirements

ONE of these:

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1030 Introduction to Earth Science 4 s.h.
EES:1050 Introduction to Geology (preferred) 4 s.h.

and ALL of these:

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1040 Evolution and the History of Life 4 s.h.
EES:2410 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (previously 012:052) 4 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology (previously 012:092) 4 s.h.
EES:4831 Geologic Field Methods (previously 012:093) 3 s.h.
EES:4832 Geologic Field Analysis 3 s.h.
At least TWO Geoscience electives* (see below) 6-7 s.h.

and ONE of these:

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3210 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4800 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.

and at least 8 s.h. of Calculus, including one of these:

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
MATH:1560 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus 4 s.h.
MATH:1860 Calculus II 4 s.h.

B.S. students complete an additional course in Mathematics (numbered MATH:2700 Introduction to Linear Algebra and above), Computer Science (numbered CS:1110 Introduction to Computer Science and above), or Statistics (numbered STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing and above).

B.S. students must complete the following course work in Chemistry, Physics, and Biology (these are minimum requirements):

At least 8 s.h. of college-level Chemistry is required, including the following, equivalent courses, or more advanced courses; Chemistry courses numbered below CHEM:1110 Principles of Chemistry I cannot be used to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the B.S. in Geoscience.

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
CHEM:1110 / CHEM:1120 Principles of Chemistry I / Principles of Chemistry II 8 s.h.

At least 8 s.h. of college-level Physics is required, as follows; physics courses numbered below PHYS:1511 College Physics I cannot be used to satisfy the physics requirement for the B.S. in Geoscience.

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
PHYS:1511 / PHYS:1512 College Physics I / College Physics II 8 s.h.
PHYS:1611 / PHYS:1612 Introductory Physics I / Introductory Physics II 8 s.h.

At least one Biology course that includes a laboratory (4 s.h.) is required. Students with an interest in paleontology are encouraged to take BIOL:1411 Foundations of Biology and BIOL:1412 Diversity of Form and Function.

* Geoscience Electives

All B.S. students should take elective courses from the following groups in order to broaden their undergraduate experience and prepare themselves for graduate study or professional employment. Students who have clear career goals are advised to take three or more elective courses from the group that fits their needs most closely. Students also may seek a broad education in geoscience by choosing elective courses from a number of groups.

Quaternary Geology

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3020 Earth Surface Processes 3 s.h.
EES:3100 Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing 4 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4620 Approaches to Geoarchaeology 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4720 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4870 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h.

Environmental Geology

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1400 Natural Disasters 3 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:3100 Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing 4 s.h.
EES:3140 Energy and the Environment 3 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science 3 s.h.
EES:4790 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4800 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
EES:4870 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h.

Geochemistry

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3410 Analytical Methods 2 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
EES:4870 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h.
EES:5820 Tectonics 3 s.h.

Tectonics/Petrology

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:1400 Natural Disasters 3 s.h.
EES:3410 Analytical Methods 2 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4750 Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Geology 3 s.h.
EES:4800 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
EES:5820 Tectonics 3 s.h.

Sedimentary Geology

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3770 Global Stratigraphy 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4750 Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Geology 3 s.h.
EES:5820 Tectonics 3 s.h.

Paleobiology

B.S. Degree Course Requirements
Course Number Course Title Semester Hours
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:3210 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
EES:3220 Evolution of the Vertebrates 3 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:3770 Global Stratigraphy 3 s.h.
EES:4420 Vertebrate Osteology and Phylogeny 3 s.h.
EES:4440 Phylogenetics and Biodiversity 3 s.h.
EES:4450 Morphometrics 3 s.h.
EES:4490 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4520 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
EES:4700 Evolution of Ecosystems 3 s.h.
EES:4710 Evolution of Plants 3 s.h.
EES:5820 Tectonics 3 s.h.