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Undergraduate

Geological Sciences (BS)

Minimum Requirements

Two core classes or technical electives must be taken as writing courses (writing courses are indicated by a W).

Required Courses

  • MTH 161, 162, 165 (or MTH 163), or MTH 141-143, 165 (calculus AP credit is acceptable)
  • PHY 121 (113 for geobiology track) (physics AP credit is acceptable)
  • PHY 122 (114 for geobiology track) (physics AP credit is acceptable)
  • CHM 131 (chemistry AP credit is acceptable)
  • CHM 132 (chemistry AP credit is acceptable)

Geology Core Courses

  • EES 101 Introduction to Geological Sciences
  • EES 201 Evolution of the Earth
  • EES 203 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • EES 204 Earth Materials
  • EES 208 Structural Geology

Geology Track Required Courses

  • EES 206 Petrology and Geochemistry

AND ONE of the following specialty areas:

EES 248  Introduction to Geochemistry

EES 205 Solid Earth Geophysics (EES 215-Env. & Applied Geophysics acceptable substitute)
EES 207 Principles of Paleontology

EES 255- Planetary Science

Suggested Course Sequence for Geology Track
First Year
  • MTH 161
  • CHM 131
  • EES 101
  • Writing or Elective
  • MTH 162
  • PHY 121 or CHM 132
  • EES 201
  • Elective
Second Year
  • MTH 165
  • PHY 122 or Elective
  • EES 208
  • EES 207 or EES 205
  • CHM 132 or PHY 121
  • EES 204W
  • Elective
  • Technical Elective
Third Year
  • PHY 122 or Elective
  • EES 203
  • EES 206
  • Technical Elective
  • EES 204W
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Technical Elective
Fourth Year
  • EES 391
  • Technical Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • EES 393
  • Elective
  • Elective
  • Elective

Field Course

This requirement must be satisfied by participating in field studies with approval of the advisor. Please refer to the Field Requirement document outlining the diverse ways students can meet this requirement. This document is available in the EES Dept. office or on our website at www.ees.rochester.edu

Technical Electives

Four technical electives in EES should be chosen to create what the student and the faculty advisor(s) view as a coherent program that leads to an advanced understanding of the earth sciences. One 100-level EES course may be acceptable if it was taken in the first year. Technical electives should be courses distinct from required courses in the track. One non-EES course may be used for a technical elective with approval of a GEO Track faculty advisor, to enhance skills and knowledge in a supporting field.

Senior Thesis

In addition to the above courses, students are encouraged to undertake a research project culminating in a thesis written in the senior year (EES 393).

At least two courses are required to fulfill the department's upper level writing requirement. A list of courses and a description of the requirement can be obtained from the EES office.

Geochemistry Track

Required Courses

  • EES 206. Petrology and Geochemistry
  • Two courses in geochemistry chosen from the following:
    • EES 212 A Climate Change Perspective to Chemical Oceanography
    • EES 216 Environmental Geochemistry
    • EES 218 Atmospheric Geochemistry
    • EES 248 High Temperature Geochemistry

Field Course

This requirement must be satisfied by participating in field studies with approval of the advisor. Please refer to the Field Requirement document outlining the diverse ways students can meet this requirement.

Technical Electives

Three technical electives in EES or CHM should be chosen to create what the student and the faculty advisor(s) view as a coherent program that leads to an advanced understanding of the earth sciences. One 100-level EES course may be acceptable if it was taken in the first year. Technical electives should be courses distinct from required courses in the track.

Senior Thesis

In addition to the above courses, students are encouraged to undertake a research project culminating in a thesis written in the senior year (EES 393).

At least two courses are required to fulfill the department's upper level writing requirement. A list of courses and a description of the requirement can be obtained from the EES office.

Geobiology Track

Required Courses

  • BIO 110 Principles of Biology I (biology AP credit is acceptable)
  • BIO 111 Principles of Biology II
  • STT 212 Applied Statistics for the Biological and Physical Sciences I
  • EES 207 Invertebrate Paleontology

Field Course

This requirement must be satisfied by participating in field studies with approval of the advisor. Please refer to the Field Requirement document outlining the diverse ways students can meet this requirement.

Technical Electives

Two technical electives in EES or BIO should be chosen to create what the student and the faculty advisor(s) view as a coherent program that leads to an advanced understanding of the earth sciences. One 100-level EES course may be acceptable if it was taken in the first year. Technical electives should be courses distinct from required courses in the track.

Senior Thesis

In addition to the above courses, students are encouraged to undertake a research project culminating in a thesis written in the senior year (EES 393).

At least two courses are required to fulfill the department's upper level writing requirement. A list of courses and a description of the requirement can be obtained from the EES office.