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Undergraduate Program

Geological Sciences (BS)

Requirements

Writing Requirement

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

Foundation Courses

MATH 161, 162, 165 (or MATH 163), or MATH 141–143, 165 (calculus AP credit is acceptable)
PHYS 121 (113 for geobiology track) (physics AP credit is acceptable)
PHYS 122 (114 for geobiology track) (physics AP credit is acceptable)
CHEM 131 (chemistry AP credit is acceptable)
CHEM 132 (chemistry AP credit is acceptable)

Geology Core Courses

EESC 101: Introduction to Earth Sciences
EESC 201: Evolution of the Earth
EESC 203: Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
EESC 204: Earth Materials
EESC 208: Structural Geology

Tracks

Students can choose from one of the following tracks:

Geology Track

EESC 206: Petrology

Plus one of the following specialty areas:

  • EESC 209: Introduction to Geochemistry
  • EESC 205: Solid Earth Geophysics or EESC 215: Seismology and Earth Structure
  • EESC 207: Principles of Paleontology
  • EESC 255: Planetary Science

Plus four technical electives in EESC (chosen with help from a faculty advisor).*

*One 100-level EESC 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-EESC course may be used for a technical elective with approval from a geology track faculty advisor, to enhance skills and knowledge in a supporting field.

Geochemistry Track

EESC 206: Petrology

Plus two of the following:

  • EESC 212: A Climate Change Perspective to Chemical Oceanography
  • EESC 216: Environmental Geochemistry
  • EESC 218: Atmospheric Geochemistry
  • EESC 247: Chemical Evolution of the Earth

Plus three technical electives in EESC or CHEM (chosen with help from a faculty advisor).*

*One 100-level EESC course may be acceptable if it was taken in the first year. Technical electives should be courses distinct from required courses in the track.

Geobiology Track

All of the following:

  • BIOL 110: Principles of Biology I (biology AP credit is acceptable)
  • BIOL 111: Principles of Biology II
  • STAT 212: Applied Statistics for the Biological and Physical Sciences I
  • EESC 207: Invertebrate Paleontology

Plus two technical electives in EESC or BIOL (chosen with help from a faculty advisor).*

*One 100-level EESC course may be acceptable if it was taken in the first year. Technical electives should be courses distinct from required courses in the track.

Field Course

This requirement must be satisfied by participating in field studies with approval of the advisor. See the Field Requirement PDF for information on different ways to meet this requirement.

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 (EESC 393).