Jul 22, 2017
47-51 S.H. (Approved minor or second major required)
This program prepares students for graduate study or employment in geologic disciplines or in a variety of other disciplines, depending on the student’s chosen minor field. The goal is to prepare students for success in an increasingly interdisciplinary world. Students should speak with their academic advisor about their career goals so that this program can be tailored to best suit their goals.
Students choose a minor (or double major) field that they must relate to their work in geoscience by completing an internship or research project. Students must obtain approval from the Department of Geoscience before engaging in this work. The research project topic must integrate geoscience with the second discipline.
The flexibility of this program enables students to pursue careers in diverse areas such as geochemistry and geophysics or environmental law and environmental justice, scientific illustration, scientific writing, etc. Professionals in many disciplines, including science, law, medicine, and politics, hold undergraduate BA degrees in Geoscience.
This major has six parts:
- Part I: Entrance to the Major
- Part II: Geoscience Core Courses - provides students with an overview of the fundamentals of the geosciences
- Part III: Geoscience Focus Areas - provides students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge in specific areas of study within the geosciences
- Part IV: Geoscience Capstone - provides students with research experience and opportunities for professional development
- Part V: Geoscience Electives - allows students to explore areas of interest in the geosciences
- Part VI: Minor or Second Major
PART I: ENTRANCE TO GEOSCIENCE MAJOR (4-5 S.H.)
- GEOS 120 - Dynamic Earth with Laboratory (4 S.H.)
- GEOS 199 - Dynamic Earth Laboratory (1 S.H.) & one of the following: 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 110, 111,115, 116, or 121 (3-4 S.H.)
- GEOS 215 - Earth & Space Systems (4 S.H.)
PART II: GEOSCIENCE CORE COURSES (19 S.H.)
PART III: GEOSCIENCE FOCUS AREAS (11 S.H.)
Rocks & Tectonics (4 S.H.)
Surface Processes (4 S.H.)
Broader Perspectives (3 S.H.)
PART IV: GEOSCIENCE CAPSTONE (5-6 S.H.)
Choose 2-3 S.H. from the following:
PART V: GEOSCIENCE ELECTIVES (8-10 S.H.)
Choose 8-10 additional S.H. from the following Geoscience Focus Areas:
Part III: Rocks & Tectonics
Part IV: Geoscience Capstone
PART VI: MINOR OR SECOND MAJOR
An approved minor or second major is required for the BA major.
◎ = Oral Intensive
◆ = Math/Critical Analysis Intensive
△ = Writing Intensive
✽ = Physical Development and Wellness Graduation Requirement