Bachelor of Science in Geosciences

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In the Bachelor of Science in Geosciences, you’ll get the scientific background needed for graduate school or a career as a professional geologist. You’ll get a thorough understanding of geology and general chemistry. Pick your own degree by stacking certificates, or focus on a concentration in geology, or climate change and environmental justice. You’ll also choose from a variety of electives in general physics, introductory physics, or biology.

Concentrations

  • Geosciences: build your own geoscience degree
  • Professional Geology: apply skills for professional geology licensing and research
  • Climate Change & Environmental Justice: decipher human-environmental interactions

For more information, please contact geosciences@ewu.edu or department Chair, Chad Pritchard at cpritchard@ewu.edu


Curriculum & Requirements

Geosciences Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

Required Science Core–choose any two of the following (may be prerequisites for upper division courses)10
BIOLOGY I
BIOLOGY II
GENERAL CHEMISTRY I
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY I
GENERAL CHEMISTRY II
and GENERAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY II
PROGRAMMING PRINCIPLES I
PRECALCULUS I
CALCULUS I
CALCULUS I
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS I
MECHANICS LABORATORY
Required Core
GEOG 321GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR SOCIAL SCIENCES5
or GEOG 323 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: SPATIAL ANALYSIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
GEOS 111THE EARTH'S INTERIOR5
GEOS 112THE EARTH'S SURFACE5
GEOS 113THE EARTH'S CLIMATE AND WEATHER5
GEOS 200GLOBALIZATION AND THE ENVIRONMENT5
GEOS 460 GEOSTATISTICS4
GEOS 497WORKSHOP, SHORT COURSE, CONFERENCE, SEMINAR (variable title and credits)1
Choose one of the following Concentrations and Capstone41-47
Please note that 60 credits of 300- or 400 level courses are required for graduation.
Geosciences—45 credits
In consultation of faculty advisor, take at least 45 credits (at least 35 must be taken at the 300 or 400 level, including capstone) of GEOG, GEOL, or GEOS credits of electives.
All GEOG/GEOL/GEOS courses are possible electives to satisfy this concentration
Professional Geology—41–47 credits
THE EARTH THROUGH TIME
EARTH MATERIALS
IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY
FIELD METHODS AND REGIONAL GEOLOGY
Electives–choose at least three of the following courses
INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY
ADVANCED OPTICAL MICROSCOPY
PRINCIPLES OF GEOCHEMISTRY
GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY
GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY
ENGINEERING GEOLOGY OF SOILS: INTRODUCTION TO GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEERING
Capstone
SENIOR CAPSTONE: WATER AND THE WEST, WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING IN ARID LANDS
CAPSTONE: ENVIRONMENTAL GEOCHEMISTRY
Climate Change and Environmental Justice—45 credits
RESEARCH METHODS
HOT EARTH: PEOPLE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
WORLD GEOGRAPHY
RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE
RESOURCES AND MANAGEMENT
Electives–choose at least 10 additional approved GEOG, GEOL, or GEOS credits at 300–level or above, or PLAN 376, PLAN 430, or PLAN 442
All GEOG/GEOL/GEOS courses are possible electives to satisfy this concentration–check with your advisor.
Capstone
THE GEOGRAPHER'S CAPSTONE
Total Credits81-87

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