Earth Science Major

College of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) – Department of Physics and Earth Sciences


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):

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

  • BIOL 130 Principles of Biology (Gen.Ed. Domain II-B & Lab)
  • BIOL 248 Principles of Ecology
  • CHEM 201 Introductory Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • CSCI 120 Introduction to Information Technology
  • ENVS 202 Data Analysis for Scientists
  • GEOG 203 Introduction to Physical Geography
  • GEOG 216 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
  • GEOG 375 Resource Management

Capstone (1 course):

  • EASC 450 Seminar in Earth System Science


Concentration in Earth System Science with Middle School Education Minor (UEST)

Students seeking licensure at the Middle 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
  • PSYC 200 Psychology of Development

Required Education Minor courses (8 Course-credits):

  • EDUC 200 Education in American Society with Field Study I
  • EDUC 222 Sheltered English Immersion
  • EDUC 300 Professional Preparation II: Special Needs and Educational   Technology
  • EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II
  • EDUC 414 Student Teaching Practicum & Seminar I (2 Course-credits)
  • EDUC 415 Student Teaching Practicum and Seminar II (2 Course-credits)

Note: The Earth Science major prerequisites for EDUC 300 Professional Preparation II: Special Needs and Educational Technology and EDUC 316 Professional Preparation and Field Study II: Methods, Special Education, and Technology - Middle School are completion of the General Education Requirements.


Effective as of the 2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog