Earth Science, B.S. - Concentration: Environmental

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120 Overall Credits Required


Liberal Education Program

50 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, some departments require that students select specific courses to complement their major. This major has specific Tier requirements/restrictions for the following:

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 122 – Precalculus
MAT 150 – Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
CHE 120 – General Chemistry I

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment:
ESC 201 — Historical Geology (‘C-’ or better)

Tier 2 – Time and Place:
ESC 210 — Principles of Astronomy (‘C-’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone:  
ESC 332 – Invertebrate Paleontology (‘C-’ or better)

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.


46 Credits Required
‘C-’ or better required

ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 205 — Principles of Meteorology
ESC 220 — Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 303 – Environmental Earth Science
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology
ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 - Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods

Select three courses from:

Select one option from the following two:

  • ESC 492 – Undergraduate Thesis Proposal
    • and ESC 493 – Undergraduate Thesis
  • Two additional ESC courses above the 200-level


14 Credits Required

PHY 200 – General Physics I

Select one from: Select two from:

Non-Course Requirement:
Pass Praxis® II with a score of 157 or higher


Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).