B.S. in Geoscience


The Bachelor of Science in geoscience requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 69 s.h. (18 courses) of work for the major (41 s.h. in geoscience courses and at least 31 s.h. in supporting disciplines). The program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment after graduation or to enter a graduate program in geology.

Students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program. The department recommends that they fulfill the foreign language requirement with French, German, Russian, or Spanish and the social sciences requirement with an approved course in economics, geography, or anthropology.

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 15 s.h. of course work in the Department of Geoscience.

The geoscience major for a B.S. requires the following course work.

One of these:

012:003 Earth History and Resources 4 s.h.
012:005 Introduction to Geology (preferred) 4 s.h.

All of these:

012:004 Evolution and the History of Life 4 s.h.
012:041 Mineralogy 4 s.h.
012:112 Geologic Field Methods (previously 012:093) 3 s.h.
012:113 Geologic Field Analysis 3 s.h.
012:130 Sedimentary Geology 3 s.h.
012:132 Structural Geology (previously 012:092) 4 s.h.
012:150 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (previously 012:052) 4 s.h.
At least two geoscience electives 6-7 s.h.

One of these:

012:121 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:166 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
012:179 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
012:180 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.

At least 8 s.h. of calculus, including one of these:

22M:026 Calculus II 4 s.h.
22M:032 Engineering Mathematics II: Multivariable Calculus 4 s.h.

B.S. students complete an additional course in mathematics (numbered 22M:027 Introduction to Linear Algebra and above), computer science (numbered 22C:005 Introduction to Computer Science and above), or statistics (numbered 22S:030 Statistical Methods and Computing and above).
They also complete the following course work in chemistry, physics, and biology (these are minimum requirements):

At least 8 s.h. of college-level chemistry is required, including the following, equivalent courses, or more advanced courses; chemistry courses numbered below 004:011 Principles of Chemistry I cannot be used to satisfy the chemistry requirement for the B.S. in geoscience.

004:011-004:012 Principles of Chemistry I-II 8 s.h.

At least 8 s.h. of college-level physics is required, as follows; physics courses numbered below 029:011 cannot be used to satisfy the physics requirement for the B.S. in geoscience.

One of these sequences:

029:011-029:012 College Physics I-II 8 s.h.
029:081-029:082 Introductory Physics I-II 8 s.h.

At least one biological science course that includes a laboratory (4 s.h.) is required. Students with an interest in paleontology are encouraged to take 002:010 Principles of Biology I and 002:011 Principles of Biology II.

RECOMMENDED OPTIONS

All B.S. students should take elective courses from the following groups in order to broaden their undergraduate experience and prepare themselves for graduate study or professional employment. Students who have clear career goals are advised to take three or more elective courses from the group that fits their needs most closely. Students also may seek a broad education in geoscience by choosing elective courses from a number of groups.

Quaternary Geology Tectonics/Petrology
012:102 Earth Surface Processes 3 s.h. 012:140 Natural Hazards 3 s.h.
012:110 Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing 4 s.h. 012:141 Analytical Methods 2 s.h.
012:136 Soil Genesis and Geomorphology 3 s.h. 012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:138 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h. 012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h. 012:175 Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Geology 3 s.h.
012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h. 012:180 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
012:166 Hydrogeology 3 s.h. 012:191 Geotectonics 3 s.h.
012:172 Glacial and Pleistocene Geology 3 s.h.
012:178 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h.
012:179 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
012:185 Approaches to Geoarchaeology 3 s.h.
Environmental Geology Sedimentary Geology
012:107 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h. 012:108 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
012:108 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h. 012:130 Sedimentary Geology 3 s.h.
012:110 Introduction to Applied Remote Sensing 4 s.h. 012:138 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h.
012:114 Energy and the Environment 3 s.h. 012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:138 Fluvial Geomorphology 3 s.h. 012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:139 Integrated Watershed Analysis 3 s.h. 012:161 Stratigraphy 3 s.h.
012:140 Natural Hazards 3 s.h. 012:175 Mineral and Petroleum Exploration Geology 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h. 012:191 Geotectonics 3 s.h.
012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:166 Hydrogeology 3 s.h.
012:178 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h.
012:179 Engineering Geology 3 s.h.
012:180 Survey of Geophysical Methods 3 s.h.
Geochemistry Paleobiology
012:141 Analytical Methods 2 s.h. 012:107 Marine Ecosystems and Conservation 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h. 012:108 Introduction to Oceanography 2 s.h.
012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h. 012:121 Principles of Paleontology 3 s.h.
012:166 Hydrogeology 3 s.h. 012:122 Evolution of the Vertebrates 3 s.h.
012:178 Applied Geostatistics 3 s.h. 012:130 Sedimentary Geology 3 s.h.
012:191 Geotectonics 3 s.h. 012:142 Vertebrate Osteology and Phylogeny 3 s.h.
012:144 Phylogenetics and Biodiversity 3 s.h.
012:145 Morphometrics 3 s.h.
012:149 Elements of Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:152 Isotope Geochemistry 3 s.h.
012:161 Stratigraphy 3 s.h.
012:170 Evolution of Ecosystems 3 s.h.
012:171 Evolution of Plants 3 s.h.
012:191 Geotectonics 3 s.h.
*Note: Many courses are listed under two or more groups