Earth, Water, and Climate Science B.S.

Bachelor of Science - Earth, Water, and Climate Science

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 64-72

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2022-23

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

13

Upper-Division Core

6

Upper-Division Electives

18-24

Upper-Division Experiential Learning

3

Cognate Sciences

24-26

Total Hours

64-72


Lower-Division Core

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following courses:

4

ERTH 101N

and ERTH 102N

Earth Systems Science

and Earth Systems Science Lab

GEO 103N

and GEO 104N

Introduction to Environmental Geology

and Introduction to Environmental Geology Lab

GEO 107N

and GEO 104N

Natural Disasters

and Introduction to Environmental Geology Lab

Complete all of the following courses:

ERTH 194

Getting to Know Earth, Water, and Climate Science

1

GEO 201

The Rocky Planet

4

GEO 202

The Water Planet

4

Total Hours

13

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Core

Code

Title

Hours

Complete all of the following courses:

GEO 323

Computational Methods for Earth and Environmental Scientists

3

GEO 428

Field Methods: Earth, Water, and Climate Science

3

Total Hours

6

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Electives

Rule: Complete two courses from each of the following three categories. At least one course from each category must be a GEO course.

Earth Science

Code

Title

Hours

Complete two of the following courses:

6-8

GEO 302

Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy

GEO 305

Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

GEO 309

Sedimentation and Stratigraphy

GEO 321

Earth Resources and Sustainability

GEO 327  

Geochemistry     

GEO 433               

Global Tectonics

GEO 439                                   

Geophysics        

GEO 443

Principles of Sedimentary Petrology

Total Hours

6-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Water Science

Code

Title

Hours

Complete two of the following courses:

6-8

GEO 320

Global Water

GEO 420

Hydrogeology

GEO 421     

Hydrology        

GEO 460

Process Geomorphology

NRSM 385

Watershed Hydrology

Total Hours

6-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Climate Science

Code

Title

Hours

Complete two of the following courses:

6-8

ERTH 303N

Weather and Climate

GEO 318

Earth's Changing Climate

GEO 322

Energy and the Environment

GEO 488

Snow, Ice and Climate Change

Total Hours

6-8

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Upper-Division Experiential Learning

Rule: Complete 3 credits of experiential learning. Course substitutions must be approved by the department.

Code

Title

Hours

Complete 3 credits of the following courses:

3

GEO 316

Getting Started in Research

GEO 409

Careers in Geosciences

GEO 498

Internship

GEO 499

Senior Thesis/Capstone

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Cognate Sciences

Rule: The following cognate courses are required. Course substitutions must be approved by the department.

Physics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete one of the following sequences:

10

Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:

PHSX 205N
& PHSX 206N

College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory

PHSX 207N

& PHSX 208N

College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory

Calculus-based Physics:

PHSX 215N
& PHSX 216N

Fundamentals of Physics w/ Calculus I
and Physics Laboratory I w/ Calculus

PHSX 217N
& PHSX 218N

Fundamentals of Physics w/ Calculus II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calculus

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 and Statistics

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following courses:

M 171

Calculus I

4

M 172

or STAT 215

Calculus I

or Introduction to Statistics

4

Total Hours

8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Code

Title

Hours

Complete the following course:

CSCI 150

Introduction to Computer Science

3

Total Hours

3

Minimum Required Grade: C-