University of Montana Catalog 2023-2024

International Field Geosciences Joint B.S.

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. Most of the course work completed during the year abroad will take place at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. For students who satisfy all degree requirements, a joint B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by The University of Montana and the University College Cork.

Bachelor of Science - International Field Geosciences Joint

General Education Requirements

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


Lower-Division Core8
Upper-Division Core16
Degree Electives15
Computer Science3-4
Language Requirement8
Overseas Coursework33-36
Total Hours108-115

Degree Specific Credits: 108-115

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Lower-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 201Geologic Evolution of North America4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core

Rule: Complete all of the following subcategories. 12 total credits required.

Subcategory 1

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 302Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy4
GEO 315Structural Geology4
GEO 318Earth's Changing Climate3
Total Hours11

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Subcategory 2

Complete one of the following courses:4
Principles of Sedimentary Petrology
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Degree Electives

Complete 15 credits of the following courses:15
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
Global Water
Global Tectonics
Principles of Sedimentary Petrology
Process Geomorphology
Special Topics
Total Hours15

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Physics 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:
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I with Calculus
Fundamentals of Physics with Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II with Calculus
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following courses:4-5
Introduction to General Chemistry
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
Total Hours4-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete all of the following courses:
M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Complete one of the following courses:3-4
Intro to GIS and Cartography
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Language Requirement

Note: The "test out provision" applies as administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

Complete one of the following language sequences:8
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Irish
Elementary Irish II
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Overseas Coursework

In addition to Geosciences coursework completed at UM, complete the following courses and field work at University College of Cork and the University of Potsdam:33-36
Complete 1 of the following formal field course modules run by University College Cork:
GL 2016 (Easter Field Course - Dingle Peninsula)
GL 3019 (Easter Field Course - Western Scotland)
ER 3002 (Easter Field Course - North Clare)
GL 4008 (Easter Field Course - Central Greece)
Another equivalent-level field course run by UCC and approved apriori by their UCC and UM advisors
While in residence at Cork, complete any 9 of the following courses in consultation with UCC and UM advisors:
Sed Processes and Petrology
Igneous and MM Petrology
Invertebrate Paleontology & Evolution
Plate Tectonics & Global Geophysics
Igneous Petrogenesis & Geochemistry
Metamorphism & Geochronology
Advanced Structural Geology
Sedimentary Environments
Stratigraphy & Geologic Maps
Environmental Geology
Terr Ecosystems Through Time
Micropaleontology & Palynology
Petroleum Geology & Basin Analysis
Applied Geophysics & Computer Applications
Advanced Igneous Petrology
Complete 1 formal upper-level Geosciences course at the University of Potsdam. Recommended are courses that focus on computer-based visualization or geoscience data using GIS or other visualization platforms.
Total Hours33-36

Minimum Required Grade: C-