Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science

The Earth Science B.A. is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in the geological sciences. A diversity of elective courses allow students interested in related fields to build a supplementary minor. It provides a clear path to graudation and is ideal for students pursuing careers in earth science education, state agencies, environmental geology and hydrogeology.

For details, see BA in Earth Science Checklist

Earth Science Advising Sheet

Here is a Sample Program.


Degree Requirements Units
Major requirements (including technical electives) 51
Support courses (Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics) 10-14
GE Courses (excluding units in support courses) 41*
General Electives 14-18
Total units for graduation 120

Geology Units
GEOL 102: Our Dynamis Earth 3
GEOL 105: The Age of Dinosaurs 3
GEOL 107: Intoduction to Earth Science 3
GEOL 110: Natural Disasters 3
GEOL 120: Regional Field Geology 3
GEOL 303: Advanced Principles of Geology 4*
GEOL 304: Geologic Mapping & Report Writing 1
GEOL 307: Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology 5
or GEOL 308: Igneous & Metamorphic Field 5
GEOL 311: Sedimentary Geology 5
or GEOL 312: Sedimentary Geology Field 5
GEOL 313: Paleontology 5
or GEOL 314: Paleontology Field 5
GEOL 317: Structural Geology 5
or GEOL 318: Structural Geology Field 5
Subtotal 41

Chemistry Units
CHEM 102: Chemistry & Society 5
or CHEM 110: Introduction to General Chemistry 5
CHEM 115AB: General Chemistry 10
Subtotal 20

Mathematics Units
MATH 161: Precalculus 4*
MATH 165: Calculus 1 with Analytic Geometry 4*
Subtotal 8

General Education Units
Major Elective Courses 33
$Remaining GE courses 41
Subtotal 74


A list of recommended GE courses and suggested major electives for BAES major can be found at the department website or obtained from the department office.