BSc in Earth Science

General

Program Description

The Earth Science program uses an integrated approach to the study of problems of the Earth environment through a synthesis of geology, hydrology, and geochemistry. We emphasize a solid foundation in geology with opportunities to focus on environmental geosciences.

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science prepares students for graduate study, or a wide range of positions in Environmental Geoscience fields, including industry, consulting, or state/federal agencies. In addition to required and elective ESCI courses, additional courses in cognate fields (math and science) are required for completion of the degree program. All students are urged to plan their program with the help of ESCI faculty advising.


What Can I Do With a Major in Earth Science?

Become a geologist, hydrologist, environmental scientist, environmental lawyer, geotechnical engineer, geochemist, geophysicist, meteorologist, seismologist, oceanographer, paleontologist, volcanologist—opportunities abound. For professional geoscientists, the median annual salary is $90,890, and employment growth outlook is 16%, faster than the average for all occupations. The American Geological Institute provides more career information.


Learning Requirements

Required Courses
ESCI-207 Global Climate And Weather 4
ESCI-211 Physical Geology 4
ESCI-306 Writing Intensive Program: Rocks And Minerals 4
ESCI-311 Mineralogy 4
ESCI-312 Historical Geology 4
ESCI-317 Principles Of Sedimentation 4
ESCI-331 Geological Structures And Map Interpretation 4
ESCI-390 Field Geology 5
Electives in Earth Science:
Choose from 300-level course offerings 8
Required Courses in Related Fields:
CHEM-211 General Chemistry I 5
MATH-187 Calculus I 4
PHYS-203 Physics I Laboratory
& PHYS-201 College Physics I (with lab)
or PHYS-206L University Physics I With Lab
4
MATH-202 Calculus II 1
or MATH-275 Applied And Computational Statistics
4
Select two of the following: 2 8-9
BIO-201 General Biology I
BIO-202 General Biology II
CHEM-212 General Chemistry II 1
CHEM-213 Writing Intensive Program: Quantitative Analysis
CHEM-231 Organic Chemistry I
PHYS-202 College Physics II
& PHYS-204 Physics II Laboratory (with lab) 1
or PHYS-207L University Physics II With Lab
PHYS-305 Modern Physics I
Total Hours 66-67
Last updated Oct 2018

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