Earth Sciences Major (B.S.)

https://ceps.unh.edu/earth-sciences/program/bs/earth-sciences-major

The bachelor of science in Earth sciences is offered through the Department of Earth Sciences. The program represents a strong concentration in the Earth sciences, built upon a solid formation in mathematics, physics and chemistry.  The B.S. degree is especially well-suited for students who wish a strong foundation for secondary teaching or plan to continue their studies in graduate school. Beyond a central core of courses, there are several possible specializations (climate, geology, geophysics, oceanography) from which students must chose in order to develop depth in a particular area of Earth sciences. Students are encouraged to participate in research, field or internship experiences to round out their experiences in the degree program. 

Requirements
Satisfy the Discovery Program requirements and the bachelor of science degree requirements
MATH 425Calculus I 14
MATH 426Calculus II4
CHEM 403General Chemistry I 1,24
CHEM 404General Chemistry II 1,24
PHYS 407General Physics I 14
PHYS 408General Physics II 14
Core Curriculum
ESCI 401Dynamic Earth4
or ESCI 409 Geology and the Environment
ESCI 402Earth History4
ESCI 501Introduction to Oceanography4
ESCI 512Principles of Mineralogy4
ESCI 530Geological Field Methods 34
or ESCI 534 Techniques in Environmental Sciences
Select one of the following:4
Fate and Transport in the Environment
Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences 4
Specializations
Select one of the following approved specializations:
Climate
Geology
Geophysics
Oceanography
Science/Math Electives
Complete three additional approved science/math electives 5
Capstone
Complete the capstone requirement
Total Credits48

Specializations

Climate 

ESCI 514Introduction to Climate3
ESCI 561Landscape Evolution4
Select at least two of the following:6-7
Introductory Physical Oceanography
Paleoceanography
Glacial Geology
Paleoclimatology
Select three advanced-level approved electives9-12
Total Credits22-26

Geology 

ESCI 561Landscape Evolution4
ESCI 614Introduction to Petrology4
ESCI 631Structural Geology4
ESCI #652Paleontology4
Two approved 700-level electives6-8
Total Credits22-24

Geophysics 

MATH 527Differential Equations with Linear Algebra4
MATH 528Multidimensional Calculus4
ESCI 561Landscape Evolution4
or ESCI 614 Introduction to Petrology
ESCI 631Structural Geology4
Select at least two of the following:8
Geophysics
Geotectonics
Geological Oceanography
One approved 700-level elective3-4
Total Credits27-28

Oceanography 

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular4
ESCI 514Introduction to Climate3
Select at least three of the following:10-11
Chemical Oceanography
Introductory Physical Oceanography
Geological Oceanography
Biological Oceanography
Complete three advanced-level approved electives9-12
Total Credits26-30

Capstone Experience

A capstone experience is required of all undergraduate Earth sciences majors during their senior year. All capstone experiences at UNH must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. The capstone synthesizes and applies disciplinary knowledge and skills.
  2. The capstone fosters reflection on undergraduate learning and experience.
  3. The capstone demonstrates emerging professional competencies.
  4. The capstone applies, analyzes, and/or interprets research or data or artistic expression.
  5. The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.

Suggested ways of meeting the capstone requirement in the Department of Earth Sciences include approved INCO 790 Advanced Research Experience, ESCI 795 Topics/ESCI 796 Topics, ESCI 799 Senior Thesis, URA/SURF/IROP projects, internships, environmental/geologic field camps, REU programs, or Earth Sciences education and outreach activities designed according to the above criteria. Capstone experiences must be equivalent to a minimum of 2 academic credits. Students should work closely with their faculty advisors to define the most appropriate capstone experience for their Earth Sciences degree program, although the capstone mentor can be someone other than their primary faculty advisor. All capstone experiences must be approved and certified by the faculty advisor and the capstone mentor. Presentation of projects or experiences developed for the capstone is encouraged at the annual UNH Undergraduate Research Conference or other appropriate venue.

Climate Track


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography 4
ESCI 530
Geological Field Methods
or Techniques in Environmental Sciences
4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
ESCI 514 Introduction to Climate 3
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
ESCI 561 Landscape Evolution 4
ESCI 758
Introductory Physical Oceanography (or 6/7__)
or Paleoceanography
3
ESCI ___ or Free Elective 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Seminar or Research Experience 1
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 654
Fate and Transport in the Environment
or Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
4
ESCI 762
Glacial Geology (or 6/7__)
or Paleoclimatology
4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery course 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ESCI 6/7__ 4
ESCI 758
Introductory Physical Oceanography (or 6/7__)
or Paleoceanography
3
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Seminar or Research Experience 1
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 762
Glacial Geology (or 6/7__)
or Paleoclimatology
4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Senior Capstone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits128

Geology Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ESCI 530 Geological Field Methods 4
ESCI 561 Landscape Evolution 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography 4
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ESCI 614 Introduction to Petrology 4
ESCI 631 Structural Geology 4
ESCI #652 Paleontology 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 654
Fate and Transport in the Environment (or 6__)
or Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
4
Free Elective 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ESCI 7__ 4
Free Elective 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 7__ 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Senior Capstone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits129

Geophysics Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ESCI 530 Geological Field Methods 4
ESCI 561 Landscape Evolution (or 6/7__) 4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography 4
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Third Year
Fall
ESCI 614 Introduction to Petrology (or 6/7__) 4
ESCI 631 Structural Geology 4
MATH 527 Differential Equations with Linear Algebra 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 701 Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences 4
MATH 528 Multidimensional Calculus 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ESCI 759 Geological Oceanography 4
Free Elective 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI #734 Geophysics (or ESCI 756) 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Senior Captstone 4
 Credits16
 Total Credits129

Oceanography Track

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ESCI 400 Freshman Field Seminar 1
ESCI 401 Dynamic Earth 4
MATH 425 Calculus I 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing (or pass placement test) 4
 Credits17
Spring
ESCI 402 Earth History 4
MATH 426 Calculus II 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Inquiry Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
ESCI 501 Introduction to Oceanography 4
ESCI 530
Geological Field Methods
or Techniques in Environmental Sciences
4
PHYS 407 General Physics I 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 512 Principles of Mineralogy 4
ESCI 514 Introduction to Climate 3
PHYS 408 General Physics II 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall
ESCI 758 Introductory Physical Oceanography (or 6/7__) 3
ESCI 6/7__ or Free Elective 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Seminar or Research Experience 1
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 654
Fate and Transport in the Environment (or 6/7__)
or Groundwater Hydrology
4
ESCI 6/7__ or Free Elective 4
MEFB 755 Biological Oceanography 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Fourth Year
Fall
ESCI 6/7__ 4
ESCI 759 Geological Oceanography (or 6/7__) 4
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
 Credits16
Spring
ESCI 752 Chemical Oceanography (or 6/7__) 3
Science Elective 2 4
Discovery Course 1 4
Senior Capstone 4
Seminar or Research Experience 1.0
 Credits16
 Total Credits128
  • Recognize common Earth materials and structures.
  • Describe how Earth scientists construct the geological time scale and apply age dating techniques.
  • Describe the broad attributes of and interactions within the Earth System, as well as its geological history, how and why it is changing today, and how those changes impact society.
  • Understanding Earth processes and cycles.
  • Recognize common Earth materials and structures.
  • Perform simple calculations to evaluate and manipulate quantitative geologic data.
  • Interpret a geologic map and cross section in terms of the sequence of geologic events and understand the processes that caused those events.
  • Collect, interpret, and synthesize basic field observations and measurements to develop and test multiple working hypotheses to explain them.
  • Become proficient in basic geological laboratory skills (including microscopes and x-ray diffraction).
  • Summarize, analyze, and evaluate their own scientific data and the primary Earth Sciences literature.
  • Effectively communicate results of scientific inquiries orally, visually, and in writing.