Earth Science Major

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Department of Environment, Society, and Sustainability

The General Education Requirement

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain II-B (Natural Sciences) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the Earth Science major.

Course Prerequisites

Courses may have specified conditions for enrollment, such as prior completion of less advanced courses, permission of the instructor, or appropriate placement test scores. Students should refer to course descriptions in the department listings for prerequisite requirements.


Concentration in General Studies (UESG) (15 Courses):

Core Courses (12 Courses):

  • ASTR 218 Principles of Solar System Astronomy
  • ASTR 230 Stars and Galaxies
  • CHEM 107 Principles of Chemistry with Lab
  • CHEM 108 Principles of Chemistry and Quantitative Analysis with Lab
  • EASC 201 Principles of Earth System Science
  • EASC 208 Principles of Meteorology
  • EASC 228 Principles of Oceanography
  • ENVS 101 Introduction to Environmental Science and Policy
  • ENVS 300/300L Environmental Fields Methods with Lab
  • GEOL 208/208L Principles of Physical Geology with Lab
  • GEOL 233 Environmental Geology
  • MATH 180 Precalculus
  • PHYS 201/201L Physics for Earth and Life Scientists

Choose Two (2) Elective Courses from the following):

  • BIOL 248 Principles of Ecology with Lab
  • CHEM 201 Introductory Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with Lab
  • ENGL 311 Writing About Science
  • ENVS 202 Data Analysis for Scientists
  • GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • GEOL 232 Historical Geology: The Evolution of Earth and Life Through Deep Time with Lab
  • EASC 495 Internship in Seminar in Earth System Science

Capstone (1 course):

  • EASC 450 Seminar in Earth System Science


Concentration in Earth System Science with Secondary Education Minor (UEST)

Students seeking licensure at the High School level must complete the major core courses and capstone requirement and take the following two (2) specified elective courses along with the specified Education courses:

Specified General Education courses (2 courses):

  • BIOL 101 Biological Concepts with Lab
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

Required Education Minor courses (8 Course-credits):

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 246 Sheltered English Immersion in Secondary Education
  • EDIL 302 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Special Needs and Educational Technology
  • EDIL 325 Secondary Methods with Field Study II: Science Grades 8-12
  • EDPS 425A Secondary Professional Practicum A: Science Grades 8-12 (2 course-credits)
  • EDPS 425B Secondary Professional Practicum B: Science Grades 8-12 (2 course-credits)

Effective as of the 2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog