International Field Geosciences Dual

Bachelor of Science - International Field Geos Dual

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 100

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: This degree is designed specifically for students who seek to combine a rigorous education in the Geosciences with a yearlong international Geosciences experience and an emphasis on field-based learning. It requires attending classes and living overseas. For students who satisfy all degree requirements, a B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by The University of Montana and a second B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by the Potsdam University. The degree requirements specified below pertain both to UM-based and Potsdam-based students seeking their UM diploma. Potsdam-based students are eligible to satisfy any of the following specific requirements through credits that are transferred from Potsdam and approved as equivalent by the UM Geosciences undergraduate advisors.

General Education Requirements

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


Lower Division Core12
Upper Division Core8
Degree Electives17
Computer Science3-4
Upper Division Writing4
Overseas Coursework27-30
Total Hours104-111

Lower Division Core

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 211Earth's History and Evolution4
GEO 225Earth Materials4
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Core

Rule: Must complete all of the following courses

GEO 315Structural Geology4
GEO 318Climate System Dynamics4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C- 

Degree Electives

Select 17 credits from the following:17
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
Global Water
Global Tectonics
Process Geomorphology
Special Topics
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Must complete 1 of the following sequences

10 Total Credits Required

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
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: Must complete 1 of the following subcategories

8-10 Total Credits Required

Chemistry Option 18
Introduction to General Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
and Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry Lab
Chemistry Option 210
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
College Chemistry II
and College Chemistry II Lab

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

Select one of the following:3-4
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 the following course

Note: This course is 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 Water4
Total Hours4

 Minimum Required Grade: C-


Rule: UM outgoing students must complete the following language sequence (the "test out provision" applies as administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures).

GRMN 101Elementary German I4
GRMN 102Elementary German II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Overseas Coursework

Rule: Must complete the following courses and field work at Potsdam University

Note: In addition to Geosciences coursework completed at UM students must complete the following:

  1. Selection of one field course run by Potsdam University listed below
    1. BP 15 (Field Course - France)
    2. BW01 (Field Course - Norway)
    3. BW02 (field Course - Alps)
  2. Any 4 of the following courses offered by Potsdam University
    1. Regional Geology
    2. Paleoclimate @ Quaternary Geology
    3. Analysis of Geologic Maps
    4. Analytic Geochemistry
    5. Natural Hazards
    6. Tectonophysics & Rheology
    7. Seismology
    8. Seismics
    9. Geoelectrics
    10. Sedimentary Systems & Stratigrahic Geomorphology
    11. Tectonics and Geodynamics
  3. 2 additional cognate science courses to be taken at Potsdam University

Minimum Required Grade: C-

27-30 Total Credits Required