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. 

Summary

Lower Division Core8
Degree Electives24
Cognate Sciences30
Physics
Chemistry
Math
Computer Science
Upper Division Writing3-10
Languages4
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
Sedimentation/Stratigraphy
Paleobiology
Structural Geology
Climate System Dynamics
Global Water
Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Hydrology
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.


Physics

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following sequences

10 Total Credits Required

Physics

Rule: May complete the following sequence

PHSX 205NCollege Physics I4
PHSX 206NCollege Physics I Laboratory1
PHSX 207NCollege Physics II4
PHSX 208NCollege Physics II Laboratory1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Physics with Calculus

Rule: May complete the following sequence

PHSX 215NFund of Physics w/Calc I4
PHSX 216NPhysics Laboratory I w/Calc1
PHSX 217NFund of Physics w/Calc II4
PHSX 218NPhysics Laboratory II w/Calc1
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Chemistry

Rule: Must complete the following courses

CHMY 141N
CHMY 142N
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
5
CHMY 143N
CHMY 144N
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab
5
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Math

Rule: Must complete 1 of the following subcategories

7-8 Total Credits Required

Math Option 1

Rule: May complete the following 2 courses

M 162Applied Calculus4
M 2633
Total Hours7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Math Option 2

Rule: May complete the following 2 courses

M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
Total Hours8

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-


Languages

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-