Earth Science, B.S. - Concentration: General
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 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.
47 Credits Required
‘C’ or better required
ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 205 — Principles of Meteorology
ESC 220 — Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology
or ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 - Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods
21 Credits of ESC at the 300 to 400-level
Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).