Earth Sciences students
 

Major/Minor

The Environmental Geoscience major and the Geology major share a set of foundational core courses, followed by a selection of advanced courses in ESCI or cross-listed disciplines that allow students to pursue their interests and goals. The majors have sufficient overlap so that students can start taking classes without immediately choosing between them.

Geology Major

The Geology major is a more traditional Earth science curriculum that prepares students for a variety of geoscience careers in fields ranging from paleontology and natural disasters to energy and natural resources.

The geology major consists of a minimum of 13 courses as follows:

  • One 100-level ESCI course
  • Earth Systems
  • Earth Materials
  • One Evolution and Geologic Time course: ESCI 21500 or 22000
  • One Earth Composition course: ESCI 33000 or 33500
  • One Earth Structure course: ESCI 34000 or 34500
  • One Surface Processes course: ESCI 27000, 27500, 28000, 37000, or 37500
  • Two ESCI or cross-listed electives
  • Junior Independent Study (ESCI 40100)
  • Senior Independent Study (ESCI 45100 and 45200)
  • One cognate math, science, or computer science course. Choose from CHEM 11100; BIOL 11100; PHYS 10700 or 11100; MATH 10200, 10700, or 11100; CSCI 10000 or 10200.

Geology majors who intend to make a career in the geosciences are strongly urged to supplement their curriculum with at least two courses in chemistry, two courses in physics, and two courses in calculus (or a combination of calculus and computer science). Other relevant courses, such as in biology or the social sciences, will depend upon the student’s particular interest.

Environmental Geoscience Major

The Environmental Geoscience major is an environmental science that emphasizes Earth surface processes. Students who complete the Environmental Geoscience major will be prepared for the expansive breadth of careers and opportunities related to environmental science issues such as groundwater remediation and soil science.

The environmental geoscience major consists of a minimum of 13 courses as follows:

  • One 100-level ESCI course
  • Earth Systems
  • Earth Materials
  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
  • Hydrology
  • One Climate course: ESCI 27000 or 27500
  • One Surface Processes course: ESCI 37000 or 37500
  • Two ESCI or cross-listed electives, at least one at the 300-level
  • Junior Independent Study (ESCI 40100)
  • Senior Independent Study (ESCI 45100 and 45200)
  • One cognate ENVS course. Choose from ENVS 10000, 11100, or 19902.

Environmental Geoscience majors who intend to make a career in the geosciences are strongly urged to supplement their curriculum with at least two courses in chemistry, two courses in physics, and two courses in calculus (or a combination of calculus and computer science). Other relevant courses, such as in biology or the social sciences, will depend upon the student’s particular interest.

Earth Sciences Minor

The Earth Sciences minor consists of six courses, one of which must be ESCI 20000; no more than two of the six courses may be at the 100-level.