Earth Sciences Major (B.A.)

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The bachelor of arts in Earth sciences is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. This program provides students an opportunity to obtain a broad education and a general background in the Earth sciences with a greater degree of freedom in choosing electives than in the bachelor of science programs. Through careful choice of electives, students can prepare for graduate school, business, or industry.

Satisfy the Discovery Program Requirements 1
Satisfy the bachelor of arts degree requirements
Complete (with a C- or better in each course) a minimum of eight courses in the department, including the following:
Dynamic Earth
Geology and the Environment
Earth History
Principles of Mineralogy
Five advanced-level courses, two of which must be 700-level or above
Math Requirements
MATH 425Calculus I4
MATH 426Calculus II4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I4
Total Credits12

Note that ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth, ESCI 402 Earth History, ESCI 405 Global Environmental Change, ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment, ESCI 420 Our Solar System, ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography cannot be taken to fulfill Discovery Program requirements for majors in the Department of Earth Sciences.

It is strongly advised that students complete, as early as possible, a year each of college chemistry and physics.