Curriculum Requirements

The B.A. in Geological Sciences is recommended for science oriented students who plan to use an understanding of Earth systems in their professional careers but desire a broader liberal arts education or are pursuing a dual major outside the sciences. B.A. students must complete a core curriculum of 24-27 credit hours including:

GSC 102Evolution of the Biosphere (GSC 111 Stronly Preferred)3
or GSC 111 Earth System History
GSC 103Evolution of the Modern Earth's Environment (or GSC 120 series) (GSC 110 Stronly Preferred)3
or GSC 110 The Earth System
GSC 114Earth Processes Lab2
GSC 260Earth Materials4
GSC 360Depositional and Diagenetic Systems4
GSC 482Field Methods2
Select eight additional credit hours at the 300 – 500 level with a grade of C- or better and with an overall GPA of 2.08
Students are strongly encouraged to take:
Summer Field Geology
Field Study of Reef Systems Through Time
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
MTH 108Precalculus Mathematics II3
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate9
Language Requirement3-9
Total Credit Hours120-126

The requirements for a minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy can be found here.

Suggested Plan of Study

This is a guide and is not meant to take the place of the advice of your major advisor; you should consult with them before making any changes.  This example course plan is for a freshman geology major (BA) with a minor in Ecosystem Science and Policy.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredit Hours
GSC 110 The Earth System 3
GSC 114 Earth Processes Lab 2
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
Language 101 Course 3
 Credit Hours14
GSC 111 Earth System History 4
GSC 204 Environmental Statistics 3
ECS 111 Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem 3
ECS 112 Field Problems in Ecosystem Science and Policy 2
ECS 202 Seminar Series in Contemporary Environmental Issues II 1
Language 102 Course  
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Two
GSC 260 Earth Materials 4
GSC 360 Depositional and Diagenetic Systems 4
CHM 111 Principles of Chemistry I 3
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
Language 211 Course 3
 Credit Hours15
GSC 240 Introduction to Marine Geology 3
GSC 380 Paleontology and Stratigraphy 4
GSC 482 Field Methods 2
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours15
GSC 580 Summer Field Geology 4
 Credit Hours4
Year Three
ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology 3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
Arts and Humanities Cognate 3
Arts and Humanities Cognates 3
 Credit Hours13
GSC 231 Field Study of Reef Systems Through Time 2
GSC 440 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
GSC 480 Structural Geology 4
ECS 301 Tools for Environmental Decision-Making: The Quantitative Perspective 3
People and Society Cognate 3
 Credit Hours16
Year Four
GSC 410 Environmental Geochemistry 3
CSC 120 Computer Programming I 4
GSC 561 Colloquium - Current Topics in the Geosciences 1
GEG 310 Geographic Information Systems I 3
ECS 113 Introduction to Environmental Policy 3
 Credit Hours14
GSC 462 Earth's Ancient Atmospheres, Climates, And Sea Levels 3
ECS 372 Special Topics in Ecosystem Science and Policy 3
ECS 572 Special Topics in ECS 3
People and Society Cognate 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours122