Geosciences (Brown) Track

The Environmental Geosciences Track provides the essential skills for entry-level positions that require a basic understanding of geologic principles and a working knowledge of basic geologic concepts applied in the environmental industry. This track aims to produce scientists capable of tackling environmental problems in which earth materials and surficial geologic processes are most important. It also lays a strong foundation for graduate study in environmental geology, engineering geology, and natural hazards assessment. Students must complete at least 35 s.h. of Environmental Geosciences Track course work.

For help planning your courses, please see the brown track's Example Plan of Study, or contact the ES Program's undergraduate academic advisor, Hannah Whitcomb: 

General Sciences

These two courses:

MATH:1860 Calculus II 4 s.h.
PHYS:1400 Basic Physics 4 s.h.

Students are strongly encouraged to take additional coursework in physics.

Environmental Geosciences Foundation

These three courses:

EES:2410 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
EES:3300 Sedimentary Geology 4 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 4 s.h.

and at least 6 s.h. from the following list:

EES:2200 Historical Geology 3 s.h.
EES:3360 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3500 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4 s.h.
EES:3840 Structural Geology 4 s.h.
EES:4630 Hydrogeology 4 s.h.
EES:4790 Applied Environmental Geology 3 s.h.

Environmental Geosciences Field Study

At least 3 s.h. from:

EES:2831 Geologic Field Methods (recommended) 3 s.h.
EES:4680 Field Methods in Hydrologic Science 3 s.h.
GEOG:4010 Field Methods in Physical Geography 3 s.h.
IALL:3175 Soil Formation and Landscape Relationships 2 s.h.
IALL:3176 Glacial Geomorphology 2 s.h.

Environmental Geosciences Electives

At least 6 s.h. from the following list. Additional field courses or foundation courses may also be used for elective credit.

CEE:4158 Solid and Hazardous Wastes 3 s.h.
ENVS:3110 Chemical Evolution of the Oceans 3 s.h.
EES:1290 Energy and the Environment 3 s.h.
EES:3050 Geology of Iowa 2 s.h.
EES:3070 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
EES:3080 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
EES:4640 Contaminant Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
GEOG:3500 Intro to Environmental Remote Sensing 3 s.h.
EES:3190 Directed Study ARR
EES:3380 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
EES:3390 Integrated Watershed Analysis 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:4720 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2310 Introduction to Climatology 3 s.h.
GEOG:2950 Environmental Conservation 3 s.h.
GEOG:3570 LiDAR: Principles and Applications 3 s.h.

Students may petition their Environmental Science advisor to use other appropriate 2000-, 3000- and 4000-level courses as electives.

Policy Course

At least 3 s.h. from the following list: 


BIOL:1260 Plants and Human Affairs 3 s.h.
ECON:3330 Environmental and Nat Resource Economics 3 s.h.
EES:1115 The History and Science of Oil 3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 Contemporary Environmental Issues 3 s.h.
GEOG:3340 Ecosystem Services: Human Dependence 3 s.h.
GEOG:3760 Hazards and Society 3 s.h.
GEOG:3780 U.S. Energy Policy in Global Context 3 s.h.
GEOG:4750 Environmental Impact Analysis 3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 Environmental Justice 3 s.h.