The Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science is designed for students who seek more advanced knowledge of Geology than the Minor in Geology, but who have other academic interests that complement their interest in Geology. The degree is particularly useful when coupled with a minor or BA from an additional field. The B.A. in Geology can be of particular benefit to students with an interest in Education, Anthropology, Environmental Law, Architecture, Leisure Studies, Business, Political Science, Geography, Journalism and other liberal arts or science fields. Other employment opportunities include work as naturalists in parks and museums. The program requires biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The Geology sequence includes courses in oceanography, minerals, rocks, fossils, and landforms, whereas that in geography includes courses in meteorology, climatology, soils, and conservation. Download the Roadmap to the B.A. in Earth Science for the official reference to the degree program.
For additional information about our undergraduate program, please contact our undergraduate advisors: Dr. Chris Rowan, Dr. Alison J. Smith, Dr. Abdul Shakoor, Dr. Carrie Schweitzer and Dr. Neil A. Wells.
- At least 42 semester credits must be taken in upper division courses (30000-level and above).
- At least 36 semester credits must be taken in Liberal Education Requirements courses, and these should be completed during the first 64 credits of enrollment.
- At least 121 semester credits of approved coursework must be completed successfully.
- GEOL 21062 Environmental Geology may be substituted for GEOL 21080 Oceanography with Departmental permission.
- Does not requires completion of GEOL 41092, Summer Field Camp, although students are encouraged to attend.
- A 2.00 cumulative grade-point average both overall and in the major, is necessary to graduate.
Earth Dynamics 3
Earth Dynamics Lab 1
Earth History 3
Earth History Lab 1
Earth Materials I
Earth Materials II 4
Invertebrate Paleontology 4
and 3 GEOL elective credits
Fundamentals of Meterolgy
Principles of Climatology
Conservation - Natural Resources 3
Geography of Soils 3
and 3 upper division elective credits in Geology or Geography (GIS recommended)
General Chemistry I 4
General Chemistry I Lab 1
Algebra for Calculus
BSCI 10110 or
Biological DIversity (4) or
Invertebrate Zoology (4)
PHY 13001 and PHY 13021 or
General College Physics I and General College Physics Lab (5) or
General University Physics (5)