Environmental Earth Science - Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Science is designed for students who are interested in Earth systems and processes, and applying geoscience pursuits to environmental issues, problems and solutions. The degree program provides in-depth study of environmental geoscience concepts and approaches, including field-based, laboratory-based, and computational-based endeavors that focus on real-world problems. The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Earth Science will prepare students for employment in the environmental industry including federal, state and private sectors. Students will also be well-positioned to pursue graduate programs in environmental science. Students may not declare more than one major within the Department of Geology and Environmental Earth Science.

Program Requirements

(63 credit hours minimum)

Strongly Recommended for First Year Students:
Introductory Seminar - Geology & Environmental Earth Science
Core Requirements (29 credit hours)
Select one of the following:3
The Dynamic Earth
Environmental Geology
Geology of U.S. National Parks
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Environment and Sustainability
Principles of Environmental Science
Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
Select all of the following:
GLG 115LUnderstanding the Earth1
GLG 204Survival on an Evolving Planet4
GLG 301Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
GLG 354Geomorphology4
GLG 408Introduction to Hydrogeology4
GLG 497Trends and Topics in the Geosciences3
Field Experience - Select one of the following or approved alternative*:3
Geoenvironmental Field Methods
Tropical Ecosystems of Costa Rica
Geology of Streams
*Minimum of 3 semester hours of a field-based course. Courses that can fulfill the Field Experience are listed above. May be fulfilled by other 3 credit hour workshops if pre-approved by GLG CDA.
Electives (24 cr hrs required; no more than one at 200- or 300-level) - Select from the following:24
Water and Society
Forensic Isotope Geochemistry
Isotope Geochemistry
Hydrogeological Modeling: Groundwater Flow and Contaminant Transport and Fate
X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis
Soils and Paleosols
Paleontology in Conservation
Sedimentary Basin Analysis
Global Tectonics
Isotopes in Environmental Processes
Senior Thesis In Geology
*Public presentation of research required for departmental honors
Related Hours (10 cr hrs minimum)
Select one of the following:4
Chemistry of Earth Systems
College Chemistry (and)
College Chemistry Laboratory
Select one of the following:3
Applied Statistics
Calculus I
Select one of the following:3
Geohazards and the Solid Earth
Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory I
General Physics with Laboratory I
Total Credit Hours63