Department of Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Required courses for the B.S. in Geology:

A B.S. in Geology provides the greatest diversity of coursework with an excellent foundation in all geology disciplines. This option allows students to explore the full breadth of geology and also allows the greatest number of outside science electives. For example, students with an interest in biology or mathematics may take up to five courses that count toward the geology major. If you have a general interest in geology and want to learn the Earth system as a whole then this would be an excellent program for you. Any student considering graduate studies in the Earth Sciences is strongly encouraged to pursue the B.S. in Geology rather than a B.A.

Required Geology Courses

Total: 32 credits

  • UNIV 103 First Year: Exploring Earth Systems (3)
  • ESCI 221 Physical Geology (4)
  • ESCI 222 Historical Geology (4)
  • ESCI 227 Mineralogy (4)
  • ESCI 321 Structural Geology (3)
  • ESCI 326 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy (4)
  • ESCI 328 Petrography/Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (4)
  • ESCI 421 Advanced Geology (3)
  • ESCI 423 Applied Geophysics (3)

Required Related Courses

Total: 29-30 credits

  • MATH 161 Calculus I (4)
  • MATH 211 Calculus II (4)
  • MATH 235 Survey of Statistics (3)
   or
  • MATH 333 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4)
  • CHEM 111 Introductory Chemistry (4)
  • CHEM 112 Introductory Chemistry II (4)
  • PHYS 231 Physics I with Calculus (5)
  • PHYS 232 Physics II with Calculus (5)

Geology Electives

Choose Two: 6 credits

  • ESCI 225 Geomorphology (3)
  • ESCI 281 GIS Applications for the Earth Sciences (3)
  •    or
  • GEOG 295 Geographic Information Systems (3)
  • ESCI 322 Environmental Hydrology (3)
  • ESCI 323 Paleontology (3)
  • ESCI 329 Aqueous Geochemistry (3)
  • ESCI 426 Groundwater Geology (3)
  • ESCI 428 Planetary Geology (3)

Science Electives

Total: 15 credits
Choose additional courses from

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
to bring the total to 83 credits. Courses chosen must be ones that count toward a major in those disciplines. PHYS 317, GEOG 295, and GEOG 434 also may be counted in this block.