Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences


Bachelor of Science (BS) Program in Earth Sciences

  

 

Course requirements

Liberal Education Requirements (23 cr).

Specific courses required of all Earth Sciences majors must be taken with A/F grading.

Freshman year

  • Math 1371, 1372*, (or 1271, 1272), and Math 2243 (or 2263, 2373, 2374) ......12 cr
    Math 1371, or 1271 satisfy LIB ED mathematical thinking requirement
  • Physics 1301W, 1302W* (or 1401V, 1402W- honors)..........................................8 cr
    should be taken as early as possible, Phys 1301 is a co-requisite for ESci 2301
    Phys 1301W and 1302W satisfy Writing Intensive (WI) requirements
  • Chem 1021, 1022 (or 1031H, 1032H - honors) .....................................................8 cr
    should be taken as early as possible, Chem 1021 is a pre-requisite for ESci 2301
    Chem 1021 satisfies LIB ED physical science requirement

 


 


Required Earth Sciences Courses
(32 core course credits; 26 focus group credits)

Year Fall Spring
Sophomore

ESci 2201* - Solid Earth Dynamics (4cr)
&Physics 1301

ESci 2301*- Mineralogy (3 cr)
&Chem 1021; &Math 1271

ESci 2202 - Earth History (4 cr)
&Chem 2201, 2301

ESci 2203 - Earth Surface Dynamics (4 cr)
&Chem 2201, 2301

ESci 3891 - Field Methods (2 cr)

Summer after Sophomore Year ESci 3911 - Introductory Field Geology (4 cr)
Junior

ESci 3202- Fluid Earth Dynamics (4 cr)
&ESci 2201

ESci 3303W - Geochemical Principles (4 cr)

Focus Area Courses (see tables below)

Summer after Junior Year

Choose any ONE of the following advanced summer field courses:

ESci 4911- Advanced Field Geology (4 cr)
ESci 4971W- Hydrogeology Field Course (4 cr)

Senior

Focus Area Courses (see tables below)

Additional Cognate Sciences

ESci Elective (3 cr)

 
   


*prerequisite for upper division
& denotes concurrent registration
Prerequisites in italics

TOTAL CREDITS FOR GEOLOGY MAJOR........................................120

 

 


 

Focus Area Courses

Some students may wish to focus their upper division coursework along a particular theme. Recommendations for particular tracks are listed below. All ESCI students are required to complete a total of 26 credits from one or more of the following course groups:
 

Geology

-ESCI 2302- Petrology (3cr)
-ESCI 4501 – Structural Geology (3cr)
-ESCI 4602 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3cr)
-ESCI 4702 – General Hydrogeology (3cr)
-ESCI 4701 – Geomorphology (3-4cr)
or ESCI 4703 – Glacial Geology (4cr)

10-11 additional ESCI credits with at least 7 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx levels

 

Geophysics

-ESCI 2302- Petrology (3cr)
-ESCI 4211 – Solid Earth Geophysics I (3cr)
-ESCI 4501 – Structural Geology (3cr)
-MATH 2374 – CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4cr)
-PHYS 2302 – Physics III: Physics of Matter (4cr)
or PHYS 2503 – Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity (4cr)

Choice of TWO or more courses from the following:
-ESCI 4212 – Solid Earth Geophysics II (3cr)
-ESCI 4203 – Principles of Geophysical Exploration (3cr)
-ESCI 4204 – Geomagnatism and Paleomagnetism (3cr)
-ESCI 5203 – Mineral and Rock Physics (3cr)
-ESCI 5205 – Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3cr)

Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
-ESCI 4xxx or 5xxx

 

Geobiology

-ESCI 4401 – Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3cr)
or ESCI 4402 – Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3cr)
-ESCI 4602 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3cr)
-ESCI 4702 – General Hydrogeology (3cr)                                                                                              or 3xxx or 4xxx Biology Coursework

-ESCI 4801 – Geomicrobiology (3cr)
-ESCI 5302 – Isotope Geology (3cr)
  
14 additional ESCI credits with at least 6 at 4xxx or 5xxx

 

Hydrogeology

-ESCI 4403 – Atmosphere, Oceans, and the Climate System (3cr)
-ESCI 4602 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3cr)
-ESCI 4702 – General Hydrogeology (3cr)
-ESCI 4401 – Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3cr)
or ESCI 4701 – Geomorphology (3-4cr)
or ESCI 4703 – Glacial Geology (4cr)

13-14 additional ESCI credits with at least 9 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx

 

Geochemistry

-ESCI 2302- Petrology (3cr)
-ESCI 4501 – Structural Geology (3cr)
-ESCI 4801 – Geomicrobiology (3cr)
-ESCI 5302 – Isotope Geology (3cr)
-ESCI 4401 – Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3cr)
or ESCI 4402 – Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3cr)

11 additional ESCI credits with at least 9 credits at 4xxx and 5xxx

 

Environmental Geology

-ESCI 4401 – Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3cr)
-ESCI 4402 – Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3cr)
-ESCI 4403 – Atmosphere, Oceans, and the Climate System (3cr)
-ESCI 4702 – General Hydrogeology (3cr)
-ESCI 4703 – Glacial Geology (4cr)
or ESCI 4801 – Geomicrobiology (3cr)

10-11 additional ESCI credits with at least 9 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx