Earth Science, B.S. - General

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The graduation requirements are listed below. In addition, students select free electives to reach 120 credits overall required for the degree, and this program requires a 3.0 cumulative GPA for graduation.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements for the major (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers:


All bachelor’s degree programs include liberal education (LEP) and writing (W) course requirements. To review more detailed information, please visit General Education (LEP) Degree Requirements.   


(*) When up to three courses in the major/cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements, they are recommended below; only two courses within Explorations (T2) may be fulfilled by courses in the same subject.  

‘C-' or better required.

ESC 200 – Physical Geology (T2PR)*
ESC 201 – Historical Geology (T2LE)*
ESC 205 – Principles of Meteorology (T2PR)*
ESC 220 – Physical and Chemical Oceanography (T2PR)*
ESC 235 – Computation and Visualization of Data in the Earth Sciences
ESC 311 – Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology or ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 – Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 – Field Methods

27 Credits of ESC at or above the 200-level


CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)*
PHY 200 – General Physics I (T2PR)*

Select one from:
BIO 102 – Biology I
BIO 120 – Microbiology (T2LE)*
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)*
PHY 201 – General Physics II

Select one from (T1QR)*:
MAT 122 – Precalculus
MAT 150 – Calculus I

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