Earth and Environmental Science (B.S.)

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA.

Program Requirements Overview

General Education Requirements35
World Languages and Cultures Requirements3-9
Major Requirements67-68
Free Electives15-8
Total Credits120

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
EAES 105Physical Geology4
EAES 220Mineralogy4
EAES 240Earth System History4
EAES 302Structural Geology3
EAES 320Igneous Metamorphic Petrology4
EAES 342Invertebrate Paleobiology4
EAES 441Stratigraphy4
EAES 404Field Geology6
Math Collateral
Select two of the following courses:7-8
Applied Calculus A
Calculus I
Applied Calculus B
Calculus II
Applied Precalculus
Data Science and Statistics
Physics Collateral
Select one of the following sequences:8
University Physics I
and University Physics II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
Chemistry Collateral
CHEM 120General Chemistry I4
CHEM 121General Chemistry II4
Major Electives
Select 11 credits from the list below:11
Total Credits67-68

Major Electives

EAES 200Geomorphology3
EAES 201Understanding Weather and Climate4
EAES 204Geology Field Trip1
EAES 210Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing3
EAES 230Hydrology3
EAES 250Introduction to Marine Sciences4
EAES 301Climatology3
EAES 310Geographic Information Systems (GIS)3
EAES 311Fundamentals of Remote Sensing of Environment3
EAES 321Economic Geology3
EAES 322Environmental Geochemistry3
EAES 330Fluvial Geography3
EAES 331Geohydrology3
EAES 332Hydroclimatology3
EAES 340Sedimentology4
EAES 341Principles of Soil Science3
EAES 350Oceanography3
EAES 361Environmental Policy3
EAES 403Meteorology4
EAES 451Coastal Marine Geology4
EAES 455Field Methods in Oceanography2
EAES 460Environmental Law3
EAES 494Independent Study in Geoscience1-4
EAES 499Special Topics in Earth and Environmental Studies1-4
PHYS 280Astronomy for Physicists4

General Education Requirements

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A. New Student Seminar
Complete a 1 credit New Student Seminar course.1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication3
D. Fine and Performing Arts
Complete a 3 credit Fine and Performing Arts course.3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophical and Religious Perspectives 3
G. Computer Science
Complete a 3 credit Computer Science course.3
H. Mathematics
Fulfilled by collateral mathematics courses in the major.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
Physical Geology (Fulfilled in the major.)
J. Physical Education
Complete a 1 credit Physical Education course.1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History 3
2. Global Cultural Perspectives3
3. Social Science Perspectives 3
L. Interdisciplinary Studies
Complete a 3 credit Interdisciplinary Studies course.3
Total Credits35

World Languages and Cultures Requirements

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World Languages
Based on language placement exam, complete one or two sequential courses in the same language. Requirement is automatically fulfilled by language major courses.3-6
World Cultures
Requirement may be fulfilled by course selected in General Education - Social Science: Global Cultural Perspectives. Requirement may also be fulfilled by major coursework. See list of courses.0-3
Total Credits3-9

Recommended Roadmap to Degree Completion

This recommended four-year plan is provided as an outline for students to follow in order to complete their degree requirements within four years.  This plan is a recommendation and students should only use it in consultation with their academic advisor.

First Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (A) New Student Seminar1GENERAL EDUCATION: (C2) Literature3 
GENERAL EDUCATION: (D) Fine and Performing Arts3GENERAL EDUCATION: (J) Physical Education1 
EAES 1054EAES 2404 
Collateral Math/Applied Math/Statistics course.4Collateral Math/Applied Math/Statistics course.4 
 15 15 
Second Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (C3) Communication3World Language 23 
World Language 13CHEM 1214 
CHEM 1204EAES 3204 
EAES 2204Major Elective4 
 14 15 
Third Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K1) Social Science – American and European History3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F1) Humanities – Great Works and Their Influences3EAES 4046
EAES 3023EAES 4414 
EAES 3424Major Elective3 
PHYS 191 or 1934PHYS 192 or 1934 
 14 14 6
Fourth Year
GENERAL EDUCATION: (K2) Social Science – Global Cultural Perspectives3GENERAL EDUCATION: (F2) Humanities – Philosophical and Religious Perspectives3 
GENERAL EDUCATION: (L) Interdisciplinary Studies3GENERAL EDUCATION: (K3) Social Science – Social Science Perspectives3 
World Cultures3Free Elective3 
Major Elective4Free Elective3 
Free Elective2  
 15 12 
Total Credits 120