Earth Science, B.S. - Geology

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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.  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 210 – Principles of Astronomy (T2TP)*
ESC 235 – Computation and Visualization of Data in the Earth Science
ESC 311 – Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology
ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 – Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 – Field Methods

Select seven courses from:
ESC 205 – Principles of Meteorology (T2PR)*
ESC 220 – Physical and Chemical Oceanography (T2PR)*
ESC 303 – Environmental Earth Science
ESC 315 – Geomorphology

ESC 332 – Invertebrate Paleontology and the Fossil Record
ESC 420 – Earth Resources
ESC 421 – Marine Geology
ESC 457 – Hydrology
ESC 458 – Soil Science
ESC 459 – Engineering Geology
ESC 460 – Geochemistry

ESC 461 – Glacial Geology


Select one option from the two listed below:
ESC 492 – Undergraduate Thesis Proposal and ESC 493 – Undergraduate Thesis
Two additional ESC courses at or above the 200-level


CHE 120 – General Chemistry I (T2PR)*
PHY 200 General Physics I  (T2PR)* OR PHY 230 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (T2PR)*

Select one from:
BIO 102 – Biology I
BIO 120 – Microbiology (T2LE)*
CHE 121 – General Chemistry II (T2LE)*
PHY 201 – General Physics II or PHY 231 Physics for Scientists and Engineers 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