Geosciences B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Geosciences

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 54

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2020-21

Note: This degree 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 Core

12

Degree Electives

18

Cognate Sciences

24

Physics

Chemistry

Math

Computer Science

Cognate Electives

Total Hours

54


Lower-Division Core

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

GEO 101N

Introduction to Physical Geology

GEO 103N

Introduction to Environmental Geology

GEO 105N

Oceanography

GEO 107N

Natural Disasters

Complete one of the following courses:

1

GEO 102N

Introduction to Physical Geology Lab

GEO 104N

Introduction to Environmental Geology Lab

Complete all of the following courses:

GEO 201

Geologic Evolution of North America

4

GEO 202

The Water Planet

4

Total Hours

12

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Degree Electives

Note: At least three of these courses must be at the 400-level.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 18 credits of the following courses:

18

GEO 302

Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy

GEO 305

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

GEO 309

Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

GEO 315

Structural Geology

GEO 318

Earth’s Changing Climate  

GEO 320

Global Water

GEO 327  

Geochemistry     

GEO 391

Special Topics

GEO 420

Hydrogeology

GEO 421     

Hydrology        

GEO 433               

Global Tectonics

GEO 439                                   

Geophysics        

GEO 443

Principles of Sedimentary Petrology

GEO 460

Process Geomorphology

GEO 488    

Snow, Ice, and Climate    

GEO 491

Special Topics

Total Hours

18

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Cognate Sciences

Rule: In addition to completing course work in Geosciences, a minimum of 24 credits in cognate science classes must be completed. More advanced courses in Chemistry, Computer Science, Math, and Physics may be used to meet the 24 credit minimum total in cognate sciences. Course substitutions for the 24 credit minimum in cognate sciences must be approved by a departmental advisor.

Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following sequences:

5

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Chemistry

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following:

3-5

CHMY 121N

Introduction to General Chemistry

CHMY 141N
& CHMY 142N

College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab

Total Hours

3-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Mathematics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

M 171

Calculus I

4

Total Hours

4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Note: Selection of CSCI 100 or CSCI 151 is based on entrance/placement exam. Please see your Geosciences advisor for more information.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

3

CSCI 100

Intro to Programming

or CSCI 151

Interdisciplinary Computer Science I

Complete one of the following courses:

GPHY 284

Introduction to GIS and Cartography

3-4

or STAT 216

Introduction to Statistics

Total Hours

6-7

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Cognate Elective

Code

Title

Hours

Complete two of the following courses:

6

COMX 111A

Introduction to Public Speaking

COMX 242

Argumentation

ENST 230H

Nature and Society

ENST 320E

Earth Ethics

ENST 367

Environmental Politics & Policies

GPHY 335

Water Policy

NRSM 427

Advanced Water Policy

NRSM 475

Environment & Development

PHL 112E

Intro Ethics and Environment

PHL 323

Ethics of Climate Change

Total Hours

6

Minimum Required Grade: C-