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
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Geoscience Field Trip (Offerings of trip to different areas may be repeated for credit)
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 1
Independent Study
Travel Course
Stable Isotopes in the Environment
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
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
Choose 12 credits from the following courses:
Environmental GIS
Global Climate Change
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Geoscience Field Trip (Offerings of trip to different areas may be repeated for credit)
Geoscience Field Trip
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 1
Independent Study
Travel Course
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:
Environmental GIS
Global Climate Change
Introduction to Geoscience Field Methods
Regional Climatology
Structural Geology and Geodynamics
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Geoscience Field Trip 2
Ore Deposits
Glacial Geology & Landscapes
Special Topics in Geoscience 2
Independent Study
Travel Course
Stable Isotopes in the Environment
Geochemistry of Natural Waters
Total Credits52-53