Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences


B.A. Program in Earth Sciences

University of Minnesota

B.A. Program in Earth Sciences

Semester by Semester Academic Plan

 

 

REQUIREMENTS FOR CLA EARTH SCIENCES MAJORS

 

Required Geology Courses (41 Credits)

Liberal Education requirements (55 Credits)

University Course Catalog 

*Specific courses required of all Earth Science students - must be taken with A/F grading.

 

**Please note that courses and credits are subject to change**

**15-16 Credits per Semester is a Normal Load**

 

Freshman Year:

 

 

  Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits
MATH 1271 or 1371 or 1571 4 MATH 1272 or 1372 or 1572 4
PHY 1301W 4 PHY 1302W 4
CHEM 1061 4 CHEM 1062 4
WRIT 1301  4 Liberal Education Elective 3-4

 

*ESci 1xxx (optional)

(Phys 1301 and 1302 satisfy Writing Intensive (WI) requirements)

(Chem 1021 satisfies LIB ED physical science requirement)

 

 

Sophomore Year:

 

 

  Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits   Summer Term  Credits

ESCI 2201 – *Solid Earth Dynamics

PHY 1301W #

4

ESCI 2202 –Earth History

CHEM 1061 #

4 ESCI 3911 - Introductory Field Geology 4

ESCI 2301 -*Mineralogy

CHEM 1061 #

MATH 1271 #

3

ESCI 2203 –Earth Surface Dynamics

CHEM 1061 #

4    
ESCI Elective  3-4 ESCI 3891 –Field Methods 2    
Liberal Education Elective 3-4 Liberal Education Elective 3-4    

 

Junior Year:

 

 

  Fall Semester  Credits   Spring Semester  Credits   Summer Term  Credits

ESCI 3202 –Fluid Earth Dynamics

ESCI 2201 #

4 ESCI Elective 3-4

ESCI 4911 - Advanced Field Geology

ESCI 3911

- or -

ESCI 4971W - Hydrogeology

4
ESCI 3303W –Geochemical Principals 4 ESCI Elective 3-4    
Liberal Education Elective 3-4 Liberal Education Elective 3-4    
Liberal Education Elective 3-4 Liberal Education Elective 3-4    

 

 

Senior Year:

 

 

  Fall Semester   Credits   Spring Semester   Credits
Liberal Education Elective 2-4 Liberal Education Elective 2-4
ESCI Elective 3-4 ESCI Elective 3-4
ESCI Elective 3-4 ESCI Elective  3-4
ESCI Elective 3-4 Liberal Education Elective 3-4

 

TOTAL CREDITS FOR EARTH SCIENCES MAJOR : 120

 

Classes marked with * are prerequisites for upper devision ESCI classes.

Prerequisites for courses are in italics, avaliable for concurrent registration marked with #. 

 

Additional ESCI ELECTIVES: 

-ESCI 2302- Petrology (3cr) **

-ESCI 4203 – Principles of Geophysical Exploration (3cr)

-ESCI 4204 – Geomagnatism and Paleomagnetism (3cr)

-ESCI 4211 – Solid Earth Geophysics I (3cr)

-ESCI 4212 – Solid Earth Geophysics II (3cr)

-ESCI 4401 – Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3cr)

-ESCI 4402 – Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3cr)

-ESCI 4403 – Atmosphere, Oceans, and the Climate System (3cr)

-ESCI 4501 – Structural Geology (3cr)**

-ESCI 4602 – Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3cr)**

-ESCI 4701 – Geomorphology (3-4cr)

-ESCI 4702 – General Hydrogeology (3cr)

-ESCI 4703 – Glacial Geology (4cr)

-ESCI 4801 – Geomicrobiology (3cr)

-ESCI 5203 – Mineral and Rock Physics (3cr)

-ESCI 5205 – Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3cr)

-ESCI 5302 – Isotope Geology (3cr)


** - Strongly recommended courses 

 

See complete list of B.A. Requirments here