Geosciences B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Geosciences

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 62

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2018-2019

Note: This option is designed for students who seek post-graduate employment as a professional geoscientist or preparation for graduate study in geosciences.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower-Division Core8
Degree Electives24
Cognate Sciences30
Computer Science
Total Hours62

Lower-Division Core

Rule: Complete all of the courses in one of two options. Completion of either option fulfills the Lower Division Core requirements.

Option 1

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 211Earth's History and Evolution4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Option 2 

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 103NIntroduction to Environmental Geology3
GEO 104NIntroduction to Environmental Geology Laboratory1
GEO 211Earth's History and Evolution4
Total Hours8

 Minimum Required Grade: C-

Degree Electives

Complete 24 credits of the following courses:24
Earth Materials
Special Topics
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
Structural Geology
Climate System Dynamics
Global Water
Special Topics
Global Tectonics
Principles of Sedimentary Petrology
Process Geomorphology
Global Change
Snow, Ice and Climate
Special Topics
Total Hours24

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Cognate Sciences

Rule: In addition to completing course work in Geosciences, a minimum of 30 credits in cognate science classes must be completed. More advanced courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics may be used to meet the 30 credit minimum total in cognate sciences. BIOB 101N or above is also appropriate. Course substitutions for the 30 credit minimum in cognate sciences must be approved by a departmental advisor.


Complete one of the following sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following sequences:8-10
Option 1:
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Option 2:
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours8-10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Mathematics options:7-8
Mathematics Option 1
Applied Calculus
Applied Differential Equations (Applied Differential Equations)
Mathematics Option 2
Calculus I
Calculus II
Total Hours7-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Note: These courses are recommended to complete the Computer Science requirement. Credit may be received for only 2 of these 3 courses as needed to meet the 30 credit minimum cognate science requirement.

Complete one or two of the following courses:3-7
Intro to Computer Modeling
Intro to GIS and Cartography
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-7

Minimum Required Grade: C-