Geoscience Major

Area of Emphasis

Students must complete requirements in one of the following areas of emphasis:

  • Geoscience Emphasis
    • Geoscience Emphasis (Accelerated) - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy program
  • Geoscience Emphasis for Students Seeking Teaching Certification

General Emphasis  

Supporting Courses34
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Physical Geology
Earth System History
Earth System History Laboratory
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Introductory Statistics
Principles of Physics I
Fundamentals of Public Address
Research and Rhetoric
Scientific Writing
Upper-Level Courses26
The Soil Environment
Hydrology
Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology
Hydrogeology
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
Environmental GIS
Geoscience Field Trip (Offerings of trip to different areas may be repeated for credit)
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 1
Stable Isotopes in the Environment
Total Credits60

Accelerated Emphasis - Integrated with graduate Environmental Science & Policy program  

Supporting Courses34
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory
Physical Geology
Earth System History
Earth System History Laboratory
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Introductory Statistics
Principles of Physics I
Fundamentals of Public Address
Research and Rhetoric
Scientific Writing
Upper-Level Courses26
The Soil Environment
The Soil Environment
Hydrology
Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology
Hydrogeology
Hydrogeology
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
Environmental GIS
Geoscience Field Trip (Offerings of trip to different areas may be repeated for credit)
Global Climate Change
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 1
Stable Isotopes in the Environment
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Total Credits60

Emphasis for Students Seeking Teaching Certification  

This emphasis also requires:

  • Admission to the Education Program
  • Completion of the Education minor
Supporting Courses 126-27
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory
Physical Geology
Earth System History
Earth System History Laboratory
Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate
Astronomy
Fundamentals of Public Address
Research and Rhetoric
Scientific Writing
Choose two of the following courses:
Precalculus
Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
Introductory Statistics
Upper-Level Courses26
The Soil Environment
Hydrology
Hydrogeology
Introduction to Mineralogy & Petrology
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
Geoscience Field Trip
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Regional Climatology
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 2
Stable Isotopes in the Environment
Total Credits52-53