Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Required B.A. Earth Sciences/Environmental Geology courses

In recent years, the environmental field has become more diversified providing a job base for students with a more general background in the geosciences. To fulfill this need, the Department of Earth Sciences has created a major in Environmental Geology. This program is designed for those students who wish have a basic interest in the environment industry whether that be work with non-profit organizations or in environmental consulting field. The B.A. Environmental Geology option provides a solid grounding in the geosciences while providing greater flexibility and diversity in choosing courses. Students may select courses that emphasize water quality issues, land use, or coastal processes depending on their interests. Another selling point for many students is that the B.A. option only requires one semester of calculus and one year of algebra based physics. The B.A. in Environmental Geology is a good preparation for a career in groundwater resource management, in conservation and planning agencies, and in the environmental nonprofit movement.

Required Earth Sciences

Total: 21 credits

  • ESCI 110 Introduction to Earth Sciences (2)
  • ESCI 221 Physical Geology (4)
  • ESCI 222 Historical Geology (4)
  • ESCI 227 Mineralogy (4)
  • ESCI 261 Intro to Oceanography (4)
  • ESCI 385 Global Change (3)

Required Related Courses

Total: 34 credits

  • MATH 161 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 235 Statistics (4)
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry II (4)
  • PHYS 231 Physics I w/ Calculus (5)
  • PHYS 232 Physics II w/ Calculus (5)
  • BIOL 211 Concepts of Zoology (4)
  • BIOL 221 Concepts of Botany (4)
  • BIOL 241 Principles of Ecology (3)

Earth Science Electives

Choose three courses from the following:

  • ESCI 225 Geomorphology (3)
  • ESCI 245 Environmental Meteorology (3)
  • ESCI 321 Structural Geology (3)
  • ESCI 326 Sedimentation (3)
  • ESCI 329 Aqueous Geochemistry (3)
  • ESCI 362 Marine Geology (3)

Science Electives

Choose two courses from the following:

  • ESCI 267 Filed Methods in Ocean (3)
  • ESCI 426 Groundwater Geology (3)
  • CHEM 375 Environmental Chemistry (4)
  • GEOG 295 Geographic Info Systems (3)