Earth Sciences

Department of Earth Sciences

Earth Sciences Major (B.A.)

Program objectives are: (a) be able to demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental principles, concepts and knowledge of the discipline Earth Sciences (b) have knowledge of the effects of natural processes and human activity on the environment; (c) be able to address, solve and communicate geographic problems using quantitative methods and geographic techniques; (d) be able to critically examine community problems and develop coherent solutions to urban and other land management issues; (e) demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication skills.

A. University General Education Program (41 hours)

See Graduation from the University for the University General Education Program requirements.

B. College and Degree (B.A.) Requirements (6-9 hours)

The College and Bachelor of Arts requirements are in addition to the University General Education Program requirements.

C. The Major (35-49 hours)

1. Core Requirements (7 hours):

All students must take ESCI 1020 (4) and ESCI 4515 (3). In addition, all students must fulfill the requirements for one of the following concentrations:

2. Concentration (28-42 hours):

a. Geoarchaeology (33 hours): ESCI 1103 (4), 2301 (4), 4202 (4), 4301, 4325, 4350, 4352, 4521; and six upper division hours as approved by advisor.

b. Geography (28 hours): ESCI 1010 (4), or 1050 (4), or 1103 (4); ESCI 1401 or 3430; ESCI 1301 or 4307; ESCI 4521; and 15 additional upper division hours as approved by advisor.

c. Geology (41-42 hours): ESCI  1040 (4), 1050 (4), 3311 (4), 4512 (4), 3712 (4), 4622 (6); CHEM 1110/1111 (4) and CHEM 1120/1121 (4); PHYS 2010/2011 (4) and 2020/2021 (4); MATH 1910 (4) (taken as University General Education requirement); and 3-4 ESCI upper division hours approved by advisor.

D. Electives (18-23 hours)

Electives may be chosen to bring the total number of hours to 120.

Earth Sciences Minor

Completion of 20 semester hours in earth sciences courses, at least 9 of which must be upper division hours.

Typical 4-Year Geoarchaeology Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Elective 3
MATH* 3-4 Elective 3
ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
Elective 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs     15 hrs  

Sophomore Year

ESCI 1020 4 ESCI 1103 4
ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences*         3 UD elective              2
Fine Arts* 3 History* 3
Elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   15 hrs

Junior Year

ESCI 2301 4 History* 3
ESCI 4515 3 ESCI 4325 3
UD elective 3 UD ESCI 3
UD elective 3                             UD Elective 3
Elective 3 Elective                    3
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

Elective 3 ESCI 4352 3
ESCI 4301 3 ESCI 4350 3
ESCI 4202 4 ESCI 4521 3
UD ESCI                                 3 Elective 3
UD Elective 3                                
       
Semester Totals       16 hrs  Semester totals 12 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Geography Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
MATH* 3-4 Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts* 3 Social/Behavioral Science* 3
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A.           3
Elective 3 Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15-16 hrs   15 hrs

Sophomore Year

ENGL 2201 or 2202 3 COMM 2381 3
ESCI 1301 3 UD elective 3
Fine Arts* 3             Elective                            
ESCI 1010/1050/1103 4 ESCI 1020 4
Elective  3 History*
       
Semester Totals 16 hrs     16 hrs

 Junior Year 

ESCI 1401 or 3430 3 History* 3
ESCI 4515 3 UD ESCI 3
UD ESCI                      3 UD Elective                             3
UD elective 3 Elective 3
Elective 3 UD Elective 3
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   15 hrs

Senior Year

ESCI 4521 3 UD ESCI 3
UD ESCI 3 UD ESCI 3
UD elective                  3 UD elective 3
UD elective 3 Elective 4
Elective 3                                             
       
Semester Totals 15 hrs   13 hrs

 Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement

Typical 4-Year Geology Concentration Sequence

Freshman Year

ENGL 1010 3 ENGL 1020 3
ESCI 1020 4 ESCI 1040 4
Elective 4 MATH 1910 4
Foreign Language/B.A. 3 Foreign Language/B.A. 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   14 hrs

Sophomore Year

CHEM 1110/1111  CHEM 1120/1121
ESCI 1050  Fine Arts* 
COMM 2381 3 ENGL 2201 or 2202 
Humanities/Fine Arts* ESCI 3311 
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs    14 hrs 

 Junior Year 

History* 3 History* 3
PHYS 2010/2011       4 PHYS 2020/2021 4
ESCI 3712 4 ESCI 4512 4
UD Elective 3 Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3
       
Semester Totals 14 hrs   14 hrs

 Summer of Third or Fourth Year 

ESCI 4622 Summer Field Camp 6 hrs

Senior Year

UD ESCI 4 Elective 3
ESCI 4515 3 Elective 3
UD elective 3 UD elective        4
Social/Behavioral Sciences* 3 UD elective 4
    UD elective 3
       
Semester Totals 13 hrs   17 hrs

Total Hours: 120-121

Total Hours Required for Graduation: 120

*Must satisfy University General Education Program Requirement