The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science provides a well-balanced, cross-disciplinary background that addresses the growing number of Earth science-related problems we face. The program has a small set of core requirements in geology and related fields, such as math, physics, chemistry, biology and geography that are grounded in inquiry-based learning environments. The hallmark of the degree is its flexibility, whereby students, in consultation with department advisers, tailor geology, related fields and undesignated elective courses to their degree and career objectives. The degree prepares graduates to be: K-12 science teachers; Earth-educated professionals (e.g., policy makers/politicians, business leaders, lawyers, journalists) who need to understand Earth resource, pollution, climate change and other environmental issues; and citizens who are equipped to manage future changes in Earth systems related to natural and anthropogenic causes.
In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree section in this catalog for complete information. Students must earn a “C” (2.0) or better in all Earth science courses applied toward the degree; in addition, students must have a 2.0 average in required related fields courses.