Requirements for the major

I. Departmental requirements:

The requirements for the degree of Bachelor of Arts with a major in Earth Systems Science (a minimum of 46 credit hours) are:

A. Required courses in geosciences:

  1. One of GEOS-1303, GEOS-1307, GEOS-1405, GEOS-1406, or GEOS-1409.
  2. GEOS-2400, GEOS-2402, and GEOS-2403.
  3. GEOS-3101.
  4. GEOS-3120 is required for junior majors. Trip expenses, including transportation, must be paid by each student.
  5. GEOS-4320 is required for senior majors.


B. At least 14 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.

C. 12 additional credit hours from the following courses:

II. University requirements: 

Completion of all other required elements of the Pathways curriculum and at least 120 credit hours.


Six hours of Thesis credit, GEOS-4395 and GEOS-4396, must be completed over two semesters. Students may enroll for thesis credit only with the permission of the thesis director. A formal written thesis proposal must be submitted to the geosciences Chair before the end of the fourth week of classes during the first semester of enrollment for thesis credit. Achievement of Department Honors will be determined by the quality of the thesis research, the written and oral presentations, and satisfaction of University requirements. 

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