Earth Science, B.S. - Concentration: Natural Resources

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120 Overall Credits Required

LIBERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

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, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation.

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 120 - College Algebra
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

48 Credits Required
'C-' or better required

Requirements: 
ESC 200 - Physical Geology
ESC 201 - Historical Geology
ESC 205 - Principles of Meteorology
ESC 210 - Principles of Astronomy
ESC 311 - Mineralogy
ESC 312 - Petrology  or  ESC 325 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 332 - Invertebrate Paleontology 
ESC 350 - Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 - Field Methods

Select three courses from: 
ESC 210 - Principles of Astronomy
ESC 220 - Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 303 - Environmental Earth Science
ESC 312 - Petrology
ESC 315 - Geomorphology
ESC 325 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 420 - Earth Resources
ESC 421 - Marine Geology
ESC 457 - Hydrology
ESC 458 - Soil Science
ESC 459 - Engineering Geology
ESC 460 - Geochemistry

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

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

31 Credits Required

Requirements:
BIO 102 - Biology I
BIO 103 - Biology II
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
MAT 107 or MAT 221 - Mathematics Cognate
MAT 120 , MAT 122, or MAT 150 - Mathematics Cognate
PHY 200 - General Physics I

Select three from:
BIO 202 - Ecology
BIO 210 - Environmental Biology and Conservation
BIO 215 - Animal Behavior
BIO 228 - Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 229 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 232 - Morphology of Non-Vascular Plants
BIO 233 - General Microbiology
BIO 250 - Plant Taxonomy and Systematics
BIO 327 - Field Natural History
BIO 429 - Limnology

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

FREE ELECTIVES

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