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Earth and Space Sciences - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree is designed for students interested in coursework in geology and geophysics, and a career path in graduate studies or the private sector where field and technology experiences and problem-solving skills will be an important asset.

Note: the Bachelor of Arts degree is designed for undergraduates who wish to study earth sciences as a background for other careers, such as teaching, science journalism, environmental law or policy.

Degree Worksheets

Geology Option - Word Document
Geology Option - PDF Document
Biology Option - Word Document
Biology Option - PDF Document
Environmental Option - Word Document
Environmental Option - PDF Document
Physics Option - Word Document
Physics Option - PDF Document

B.S. Requirements

To complete the B.S., students take both the Core Courses and the courses listed under one of the Option Areas (Geology, Biology, Environmental or Physics).

Core Courses

  • Supporting Science (20 credits)
    • CHEM 142
    • MATH 124, 125
    • PHYS 114/117 or 121
      (Physics Option majors must take PHYS 121)
  • ESS Required Courses (15 credits)
    Complete three of the following:
    • ESS 205
      (counts as core course ONLY for Physics Option majors)
    • ESS 211
    • ESS 212
    • ESS 213

ESS Option Areas

  • Geology
    • Supporting Science (16-20 credits):
      • Math 126 or ESS 310
      • PHYS 115/118 or 122
      • Two of CHEM 152; MATH 307, 308; PHYS 116/119 or 123; STAT 311
    • ESS Required Courses (31 credits):
      • Three of ESS 311, 312, 313, 314
      • ESS 400
      • ESS 418
    • ESS Electives (18-20 credits):
      • ESS courses numbered 401 to 488 (excluding ESS 418) or approved ESS 490 courses (see Time Schedule)
      • ESS 311, 312, 313, 314 not taken as a required course above
  • Biology
    • Supporting Science (25 credits):
      • CHEM 152, 162
      • BIOL 180, 200
      • One of Math 126; ESS 310; PHYS 115/118 or 122; BIOL 220; STAT 311
    • ESS Required Courses (31 credits):
      • Three of ESS 311, 312, 313, 314
      • ESS 400 or ESS 449/BIOL 475. Students using ESS 449/BIOL 475 for this requirement must contact ESS Advising to have their degree audits (DARS) updated.
      • ESS 418
    • ESS Electives (12 credits):
      • ESS courses numbered 401 to 488 (excluding ESS 418) or approved ESS 490 courses (see Time Schedule)
      • ESS 311, 312, 313, 314 not taken as a required course above
      • Some coursework from BIOL 421, 427, 430, 432, 437, 438, 439, 441, 443, 447, 448, 452, 453, 470, or 471 may be allowed for this Option. Students wishing to count one of these courses towards their ESS 400-level electives should contact the Undergraduate Program Coordinator prior to enrolling in the course to obtain approval.
  • Environmental Option:
    • Supporting Science (15 credits):
      • CHEM 152 or 220
      • One of ESS 310; STAT 311; QSCI 381
      • One of MATH 126; CHEM 162; PHYS 115/118 or 122
    • ESS Required Courses (44-46 credits):
      • ESS 201
      • Two of ESS 311, 312, 313, 314
      • ESS 326
      • Two of ESS 315, 420, 421, 426, 427, 454, 455, 456, 457, 459
      • ESS 400
      • ESS 418
    • ESS Electives (10 credits):
      • ESS courses numbered 401 to 488 (excluding ESS 418) or approved ESS 490 courses (see Time Schedule)
      • ESS 311, 312, 313, 314 not taken as a required course above
  • Physics Option:
    • Supporting Science (32-35 credits):
      • MATH 126, 308, 324 or MATH 136, 324
      • PHYS 122, 123, 227, 228, 321, 322
    • ESS Required Courses (14 credits):
      • Two of ESS 311, 312, 313, 314
      • ESS 418
    • ESS Electives (15-18 credits):
      • ESS courses numbered 400-488 or approved ESS 490 courses (see Time Schedule)
      • ESS 311, 312, 313, 314 not taken as a required course above

NOTE: All courses COUNTED TOWARD THE MAJOR must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0.