Geosciences B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Geosciences

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 62

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

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
Upper Division Writing3-10
Total Hours69-76

Lower Division Core

Rule: Must complete all of the courses in one of two options

Note: Completion of either option fulfills the Lower Division Core requirements.

Option 1

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 

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

Rule: Must complete 24 credits from the following list of courses

Select 24 credits from the following:24
Earth Materials
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
Structural Geology
Climate System Dynamics
Global Water
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.

Note: 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.


Rule: Must complete 1 of the following sequences

Select one of the following sequences:10
Option 1:
College Physics I
College Physics I Laboratory
College Physics II
College Physics II Laboratory
Option 2 with Calculus:
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
Physics Laboratory II w/Calc

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Must complete the following courses

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Must complete 1 of the following subcategories

7-8 Total Credits Required

Math Option 17
Applied Calculus
Applied Differential Equations (Applied Differential Equations)
Math Option 28
Calculus I
Calculus II

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Rule: Must complete 1 course in Computer Science (Programming or Modeling)

Note: These courses are recommended to complete the Computer Science requirement. Credit may be received for only 1 of these 4 courses for the 30 credit minimum cognate science requirement.

Select one of the following:3-4
Intro to Computer Modeling
Computer Mdlng/Science Majors
Intro to GIS and Cartography
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Writing

Rule: Must complete 1 upper division writing course

Note: These courses are recommended to complete the upper division writing requirement in Geosciences but students may also select from the university-approved list of upper division writing courses to fulfill this requirement.

GEO 320Global Water3-10
or GEO 499 Senior Thesis /Capstone
Total Hours3-10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Must complete 1 of the following courses

Note: Students graduating in Geosciences may substitute one of these courses in place of the Modern and Classical Language requirement.

M 162Applied Calculus4
or M 171 Calculus I
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-