Major Requirements

Majors take at least nine courses in Geosciences. The required courses give students a chance to work with each of the faculty members in Geosciences, as well as providing a sound foundation of general understanding and specific knowledge in the earth sciences. Additionally, majors planning on attending graduate school should take at least a year each of college math, chemistry, and physics or biology, and should think about taking a summer field camp. Interested students should talk to one of the faculty members or contact the chair.

Components of the Geosciences major

At most two 100-level courses:

  • Geosciences 100 Weather and Climate
  • Geosciences 101 Co-evolution of Earth and Life
  • Geosciences 102 An Unfinished Planet
  • Geosciences 103 Global Warming and Environmental Change
  • Geosciences 104 Oceanography

At least two 200-level courses from this group:

  • Geosciences 201 Geomorphology
  • Geosciences 202 Mineralogy and Geochemistry
  • Geosciences 212 Paleobiology
  • Geosciences 214 Mastering Geographic Information Systems
  • Geosciences 215 Climate Changes
  • Geosciences 255 Environmental Observation

At least two 300-level courses from this group:

  • Geosciences 301 Structural Geology
  • Geosciences 302 Sedimentology
  • Geosciences 303 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology
  • Geosciences 324 Corals and Sea Level

At least one 400-level senior seminar:

  • Geosciences 401 Global Tectonics and the Rise of Mountains
  • Geosciences 404 Coastal Processes
  • Geosciences 405 Geochemistry
  • Geosciences 411 Geobiology

Enough courses from this group to bring the total to nine:

  • Geosciences 205 Earth Resources
  • Geosciences 206 Renewable Energy/Sustainable Campus
  • Geosciences 217T Planetary Geology
  • Geosciences 221T Climate Science and Politics
  • Geosciences 226T Oceans and Climate
  • Geosciences 312T Mass Extinctions