Course descriptions

The major in Geoscience is designed for students interested in the science of the Earth, with special emphasis on environmental change over geologic time scales, natural hazards, rocks and fossils, planetary science, paleoclimate variability, surface processes, mountain building, and the link between Earth’s physicochemical conditions and the evolution of life. Students may obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree.


Geoscience majors (B.A. and B.S.) must successfully complete the following course of study:

  1. GSCI 2500
  2. All of the following core courses: GSCI 3010, 3020, 3030, 3040.
  3. One of the following capstone courses: GSCI 4050W, 4996W
  4. At least 11 additional credits of 3000-level and 4000-level GSCI courses. No more than 3 credits can be from GSCI 4989, 4990, 4991, 4999.
  5. At least 12 credits at the 2000-level or above in related areas. The suitability of courses will be determined by the student’s advisor. Courses cross-listed with geoscience courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

Geoscience majors satisfy the writing in the major and information literacy competency requirements by passing GSCI 4050W or GSCI 4996W.

A minor in Geoscience is described in the Minors section.

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