Majoring in Earth Science

The School of Earth Sciences offers two undergraduate degree programs, the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science (B.S.). The B.A. Program is a broad geological program generally designed for students interested in preparing for careers in high school science teaching, law school, medical school, business school or technical writing. The B.S. Program is designed for students planning for employment in earth sciences or considering graduate school and a professional career in the earth sciences. The B.S. program requires comprehensive preparation in basic science and mathematics, with 4 subprogram tracks:

Each B.S. subprogram consists of between 47 and 51 semester credit hours of coursework in preparation for the major and an additiional 30 to 31 core and elective credit hours. The Geological Sciences track requires the annual field geology course (a.k.a. "field camp") in Utah during a Summer Term.

 

A student who declares Earth Science as a major in either program should see the SES Undergraduate Academic Advisor, Dr. Karen Royce, Room 275C Mendenhall, for advice and counsel as soon as possible. After discussing previous training, academic standing and career objectives, a comprehensive course schedule will be planned for completion of University, College, and SES Degree requirements. This schedule will include choosing at an appropriate time a senior thesis project and a thesis advisor from the School of Earth Sciences faculty. Students who want to discuss career opportunities in the earth sciences, and the relative merits of the B.S. Programs, and individual educational goals, should make an appointment with Dr. Karen Royce, 275C Mendenhall Laboratory at (614) 292-6961.

 


B.A. Program in Earth Science

Preparation for the major:

  • Chemistry 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Biology 1114, Form, Function, Diversity, and Ecology, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences, 1121 The Dynamic Earth,  4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences, 1122 Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences, 2245 Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

Core requirements:

Complete a minimum of 30 semester credits in Earth Sciences and other approved fields. Out of the 30 credits, a student may take a maximum of 10 credits at the 2000-level in Earth Sciences and a maximum of 6 credits outside Earth Sciences. Courses outside Earth Sciences must be at the 3000-level and above and are subject to approval for inclusion in the major by an SES advisor.

Earth Sciences 5580 (Standards-Based Earth Sciences for Educators) cannot be used toward the BA in Earth Sciences.
No more than a combined total of 3 credits of internship (5191), research (2998, 2998H, 4998, 4998H, 4999, 4999H) and individual study (3193, 5193) can be counted toward the major and must be approved in advance.


B.S. Subprogram in Geological Sciences 

Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

and complete either:

  • Chem 1220, General Chemistry 2 or Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physics, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above, if not used above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 1251 and above, if not used above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

  • Earth Sciences 4421, Earth Materials, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1210
  • Earth Sciences 4423, Intro Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 4421
  • Earth Sciences 4530, Structural Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 4999.01(H),  Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences , 1 graded credit hour, prereq: Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5189.01, Field Geology 1, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 4423 & 4530 & permission of instructor (learn more)
  • Earth Sciences 5189.02, Field Geology 2, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 5189.01
  • Earth Sciences 4501, Paleontology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1122 & 3 cr hrs in Biological Sciences
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 1122

and complete at least 2 courses (minimum of 6 semester credit hours) from Earth Sciences courses at the 5000-level or above (except from Earth Sciences 5189.03, 5189.04, 5189.05, 5189.06, 5580, and 5584)

or

Complete at least 1 course (minimum of 3 semester credit hours) from Earth Sciences courses at the 5000-level or above (except Earth Sciences 5189.03, 5189.04, 5189.05, 5189.06, 5580, and 5584), and GEOSCIM 5781.


B.S. Subprogram in Earth System Science

Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

and complete either:

  • Chem 1220, General Chemistry 2 or Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above, if not used above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 1251 and above, if not used above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

Complete 4 of the following courses, including at least 2 lab courses, total minimum 30 credit hours

  • Earth Sciences 4450, Water, Ice and Energy in the Earth System, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & Chemistry 1210 or Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 1122
  • Earth Sciences 5206, Advanced Oceanography, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1100 or 1105 or 1121 or graduate standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5550, Geomorphology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 1122 or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5621, Introduction to Geochemistry, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 4 standing in Earth Sciences or related field and Chemistry 1220 or above or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 and Math 1151
  • Earth Sciences 5655, Land Surface Hydrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above; Chemistry 1210 or above; and Physics 1250 or above

and complete the following course

  • Earth Sciences 4999.01 (H), 1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor

Complete each of the following 3 requirements:
1) Complete at least 3 semester credits of Internship, Research, and/or Field Experience from one or a combination of the following: 

  • Earth Sciences 5191, Internship in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 or above & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 4998(H), Undergraduate Research in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 or above & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 4999.02(H), Undergraduate Research for Thesis in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 or above & permission of instructor
  • An approved field course (e.g., Earth Sciences 5602.02, 5670, 5189.01) 

2) Complete at least 2 Earth Sciences courses (minimum of 6 semester credits) at the 4000-level or above, or at least 1 Earth Sciences course at the 4000-level or above (minimum of 3 semester credits) and GEOSCIM 5781
(Note: Earth Sciences 5580, 5584, and 5189.03, 5189.04, 5189.05, 5189.06 cannot be used to satisfy B.S. requirements)

3) Complete at least 2 courses (minimum of 6 semester credits) from outside Earth Sciences, chosen from the following list:
(Other courses require approval by an SES advisor)

  • Geog 3900, Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences , 3 credit hours
  • Geog 3901, Global Climate and Environmental Change, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 3980, Biogeography: An Introduction to Life on Earth, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate and Global Warming (if not used to satisfy Preparation for the Major), 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5801, Environmental Conservation, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5802, Globalization and Environment, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5210, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5223, Design and Implementation of GIS, 3 credit hours, prereq: Geography 5210
  • ATMOSSC 2940, Basic Meteorology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1151 and Physics 1250
  • EEOB 4950, Field Ecology 2 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 standing or above; 12 semester hours of biological sciences or permission of instructor
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution 4 credit hours, prereq: Bio 1114 or 1114H
  • EEOB 5420, Aquatic Ecosystems: Ecology of Inland Waters 1.5 credit hours, prereq: EEOB 3410
  • EEOB 3410, Ecology 4 credit hours, prereq: Bio 1114 or 1114H
  • AEDECON 2001, Principles of Food and Resource Economics 3 credit hours
  • AEDECON 4310, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3 credit hours, prereq: AEDE 2001 or Econ 2001
  • AEDECON 4320/ INTSTDS 4320, Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, 3 credit hours, prereq: AEDE 2001 or Econ 2001
  • ENVENG 3200, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1210
  • ENVENG 2100, Environmental Engineering Analytical Methods, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1210 and 1220
  • CIVILEN 5001, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 4 credit hours, prereq: CE 2050 or written permission of instructor.
  • ENR 3000, Soil Science, 3 credit hours
  • ENR 3280, Water Quality Management, 2 credit hours
  • ENR 4260, Soil Resource Management 3 credit hours, prereq: ENR 3000 or permission of instructor
  • ENR 2367, Communicating Contemporary Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, 3 credit hours
  • INTSTDS 4800, Cultural Diplomacy, 3  credit hours, prereq: Rank 2 or above, or permission of instructor
  • CHEM 2210 or 2210H, Analytical Chemistry 1: Quantitative Analysis, 5 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1220 and Math 1151

B.S. Subprogram in Geophysics 

Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 2300 and above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

a) Complete the following courses (7 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 4421, Earth Materials, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chem 1210
  • Earth Sciences 4423, Introduction to Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 4421
  • Earth Sciences 4999.01(H), Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences,  1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor

b) Complete 2 of the following solid Earth geophysics and geomathematics courses (6 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Stat 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152, Physics 1250 & EARTHSC 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5680, Deep Earth Geophysics ,3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 and Physics 1251
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor

c) Complete 2 of the following applied geophysics courses (6 or 7 credit hours):

  • Earth Sciences 4310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor

d) Complete at least 11 semester hours from the following courses that were not selected in parts b. or c.:

  • Earth Sciences 4310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4450, Water, Ice, and Energy in the Earth System, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, and Chem 1210 or Physics 1250, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 4501, Paleontology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1122 and 3 credit hours in biological sciences.
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Earth Sciences 1122
  • Earth Sciences 4530, Structural Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 4998(H), (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Research 1-3 Permission of instructor (Honors Program for 4998H)
  • Earth Sciences 4999.02(H), (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Research for Thesis 1-3 Permission of instructor (Honors Program for 4999.02(H)
  • Earth Sciences 5189.01, Field Geology I, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 4423; Earth Sciences 4530; and permission of instructor (learn more)
  • Earth Sciences 5189.02, Field Geology II, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 5189.01
  • Earth Sciences 5191, (Maximum of 3 credit hours of 4998(H) + 4999.02(H) + 5191 allowed) Internship 1-3 Permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5206, Advanced Oceanography, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1100 or Earth Sciences 1105 or Earth Sciences 1121 or graduate student standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5550, Geomorphology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Earth Science 1122; or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5621 Introduction to Geochemistry, 3  credit hours, prereq: 4 in Earth Science or related fields; Chemistry 1220 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5629 Principles of Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: 4 or Grad standing in Earth Science or related fields, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Statistics 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 and Physics 1250 & Earth Science 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5650, Glaciology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4450 or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Math 1152 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5655, Land Surface Hydrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, Chemistry 1210 or above, and Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5661, Petroleum Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4423 & 4502 or written permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5680, Deep Earth Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 and Physics 1251
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor

 B.S. Subprogram in Petroleum Geology & Geophysics

Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

and complete either:

  • Chem 1220, General Chemistry 2 or Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above, if not used above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 1251 and above, if not used above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

a) Complete the following courses:

  • Earth Sciences 4421, Earth Materials, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chem 1210
  • Earth Sciences 4423, Introduction to Petrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 4421 
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentation. 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Earth Sciences 1122
  • Earth Sciences 4530, Structural Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4999.01(H), Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences,  1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5661, Petroleum Geology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 4423 & 4502 or written permission of instructor

b) Complete 1 of the following solid Earth Science courses:

  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250

c) Complete Earth Sciences 5189.01, Earth Sciences 5189.02 and at least 1 other course from the electives list below or complete at least 3 courses from the list for a minimum of 9 semester credit hours:

  • Earth Sciences 4310, Remote Sensing in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Physics 1250; Math 1151 or above
  • Earth Sciences 4560, Applied Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121, Math 1151 & Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5604, Sequence Stratigraphy, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Earth Sciences 4502
  • Earth Sciences 5641, Geostatistics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Stat 5301 and Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5642, Geomathematical Analysis, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5646, Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152, Physics 1250 & EARTHSC 4530, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Science 1121; Math 1152 or above
  • Earth Sciences 5687, Energy Geophysics, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5751, Quantitative Reservoir Modeling, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 2245 & Math 1152, or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5780, Reflection Seismology, 4 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121; Math 1151; Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 5781, Gravity Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5782, Magnetic Exploration, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, grad standing or permission of instructor
  • GEOSCIM 5781, Geodesy & Geodynamics, 3 credit hours, prereq:  Math 1152 or above, or Physics 1251, or permission of instructor
  • Math 2174, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations for Engineers, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 2173
  • Math 2568, Linear Algebra, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 2152
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