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Earth Sciences



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Earth Sciences

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Program Description

The Earth Science major is a natural science program that prepares students for a variety of careers in the geosciences. Coursework in this major covers regional geological history; interpreting sediments, minerals, and rock types; field-based problem solving of geological questions; and student-led independent research through a capstone experience. The program encourages interdisciplinary work that prepares students with vital technical and field-based skills that can be applied to a variety of careers in scientific research, federal agencies, industry, consulting, or academia.


College of Science and Engineering



Does this BA major require fewer than 45 credits? Please check the following as appropriate.

BA majors requiring 45 credits or more may take one year of coursework in a single foreign language, a second major or a minor, but it is not required.


Free Form Requisites

Program Requirements (49-64 credits)

Students must complete a core of required courses and pursue one of the concentrations.

Core courses: 25-27 credits (required by all majors): course, course, course, course; course; course or both course and course; course or course.

General Earth Science Concentration (24 additional credits): course and 20 credits of AHS electives numbered 300 or above with adviser approval.

Environmental Geology Concentration (37-38 additional credits): course, course, course, course, course, course; course; course; course, course, and 3-4 credits chosen from course, course, course, course, course, course, course, course, course, course with adviser approval.

  • AHS 491 and course meet the upper division writing requirement.


See program website for additional information.

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