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Overview

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Earth Systems Science (ESYS)

The Bachelor of Arts program prepares students interested in careers or disciplines (e.g., environmental science, secondary education, law, geography) that require a fundamental understanding of earth systems. This program offers flexibility, allowing students to pursue intensive study in other disciplines. The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Earth Systems Science are: 

I. Departmental requirements:

A. At least 30 credit hours in geosciences, including: 

1. One of GEOS 1303, GEOS 1304, GEOS 1405, GEOS 1307, or GEOS 1409.

2. GEOS 2400.

3. GEOS 2401, 2304, and 3400 .

4. Participation in GEOS 3120 is required for junior majors. Trip expenses, including transportation, must be paid by each student. 

5. At least eleven additional upper division hours in geosciences; no more than three hours of Directed Studies or Thesis may be applied to this upper division hour requirement. 

6. GEOS 4001.

B. 18 additional credit hours from the following courses: 

1.At least 9 credit hours from ANTH 2310; BIOL 1311, 1111, 2412, 2305, 3434; BAT/ECON2301; CHEM 1318, 1118, 2319, 2119; MATH 1311, 1312, 1320, 2308; CSCI 1312, 1320; PHYS 1303, 1309, 1311, 1111, 1310, 1312, 1112; PSYC 2401. 

2. At least 6 credit hours from CMLT 2301, 2350; ECON/URBS 3330; ANTH 2310, 2357; PHIL 2350, 2356; PLSI 3313; SOCI 1316, 2314; URBS 3340. 

II. University requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 124 credit hours. 


Bachelor of Science Degree in Geosciences

The Bachelor of Science program prepares students for graduate work in geosciences or for entry-level positions in geosciences or related fields. The program serves the student interested in a broad-based introduction to geosciences and provides the opportunity for research in the field or laboratory setting for students at the upper division level.

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in geosciences are: 

I. Departmental Requirements

A. At least 36 credit hours in geosciences, including: 

1. One of GEOS 1303, GEOS 1304, GEOS 1307, GEOS 1405, GEOS 1406,  or GEOS 1409.

2. GEOS 2400.

3. GEOS 2401, 2304, 3400, 3401; either GEOS 3309 or GEOS 3412; plus 10 additional upper division hours in geosciences; no more than 3 hours of Directed Studies or Thesis may be applied to this upper division hour requirement. 

4. Participation in GEOS 3120 is required for junior majors. Trip expenses, including transportation, must be paid by each student. 

5. GEOS 4001.

B. MATH 1311 and one of the MATH 1312, 1320 or 2308; CHEM 1318 and 1118; PHYS 1309 or 1311, PHYS 1310 or 1312; PHYS 1111 and 1112. 

II. University requirements: completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 124 credit hours. 

It is recommended that students planning to attend graduate school or enter directly into a field-oriented aspect of the discipline take an accredited and departmentally approved summer field geology course. 


Guidelines for Acceptance of Majors

I.  Full acceptance is granted if the following requirements are met at the time of application:

  1. Completion of GEOS 2400, and one of GEOS 2401, 2304, or 3400 with an average grade of C or better.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

II. Provisional Acceptance

 Provisional acceptance may be granted to students who have not yet met the above requirements if there is a reasonable expectation that they can complete the major.


The Minor

This course of study is designed for students who desire to study geosciences in some depth although their major is in another field.


Honors in Geosciences

A student in Geosciences may work toward Departmental Honors by satisfying the University guidelines for Departmental Honors published in this bulletin, including the minimum 3.33 cumulative grade point average and 3.33 grade point average or better in the major.

Application and Procedures

Students planning to write a thesis in geosciences must discuss research plans with at least two department faculty members and secure the support of the thesis director and second reader by the end of the Junior year. Normally the student will initiate research during the Junior year or the summer following the Junior year.

Requirements 

Six hours of Thesis credit, GEOS 4395 and 4396, must be completed over two semesters. Stu- dents may enroll for thesis credit only with the permission of the thesis director. A formal written thesis proposal must be submitted to the geosciences faculty before the end of the fourth week of classes during the first semester of enrollment for thesis credit. The student may become a formal candidate for Departmental Honors by addressing a written request for consideration, accompanied by a letter of support from the student’s thesis director, to the Chair of the department. Achievement of Department Honors will be determined by the quality of the thesis research, the written and oral presentations, and satisfaction of University requirements.