B.S. Subprogram in Geological Sciences

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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.