Earth Science, B.S. - General

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below. The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: 

120 Overall Credits Required


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 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 3 – Capstone (select one):  
ESC 332 – Invertebrate Paleontology (‘C-’ or better)
ESC 461 –  Glacial Geology(‘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.


60 Credits Required
‘C-' or better required

ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 201 — Historical Geology (T2LE)*
ESC 205 — Principles of Meteorology
ESC 220 — Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 235 - Computation and Visualization of Data in the Earth Sciences
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 312 – Petrology or ESC 325 – Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 332 – Invertebrate Paleontology or ESC 461 - Glacial Geology ('C-' or better) (T3)*
ESC 350 - Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods

24 Credits of ESC at or above the 200-level


16 Credits Required


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

Select one from:

Select one from (T1QR)*:


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