Earth Science, B.S. - Concentration: Geology

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120 Overall Credits Required

LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

48 Credits Required

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program. Any credits over 48 are counted toward free electives.

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.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

45 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required

Requirements:
ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology
ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 – Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods

Select six courses courses (at least three at the 400-level) from:

Select one option from the two listed below:

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

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

8 Credits Required

Requirements:
PHY 200 - General Physics I

Select one from:

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

FREE ELECTIVES

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