Earth Science- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, 118C Shideler Hall, 513-529-3216.

The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science is for students who seek a broad understanding of the earth and how it operates but who do not necessarily wish to pursue a career as a professional geologist. It is our most flexible major allowing diverse exploration of earth systems and processes according to student interests.

Program Requirements

(48 semester hours minimum)

Core requirements
Select one of the following:3
The Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Geology of U.S. National Parks
Select the following:
GLG 115LUnderstanding the Earth1
Field experience
Select a minimum of 3 semester hours of a field based course. 13
Select a minimum of 44 semester hours of 200-, 300-level and 400-level courses with the following distribution:44
Select a maximum of 20 semester hours from any GLG 200-level courses including:
Survival on an Evolving Planet
Chemistry of Earth Systems
Geohazards and the Solid Earth
Select from any 300-level GLG courses including:
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
Water and Society
Structural Geology
Ice Age Earth
Igneous/Metamorphic Petrology
Select at least 9 semester hours from any 400-level GLG courses including:
Introduction to Hydrogeology
Forensic Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Hydrogeological Modeling: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate
X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis
Soils and Paleosols
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Global Tectonics
Isotopes in Environmental Processes
Up to 12 credits of the following courses may substitute for any GLG 200-level course:
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
College Chemistry
and College Chemistry Laboratory
Calculus I
Calculus I
Applied Statistics
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
General Physics with Laboratory I
Total Credit Hours51

May be fulfilled by credit workshops. Potential course must be approved by GLG CDA. Only 3 hours of this experience will apply towards the major.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing a course from each of the three tiers indicated: Tier 1 (GLG 204 or GLG 211) followed by Tier 2 (GLG 301 or GLG 357 or GLG 408/GLG 508), followed by Tier 3 (GLG 497).