Feb 21, 2024  
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2023-2024

Earth and Environmental Sciences, B.S.

Admission Requirements



Currently Enrolled Students

  • Declaration of Major:  Students may declare the major at any time before graduation.

Degree Requirements

A Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences leading to a B.S. degree consists of a minimum of 70 credit hours of required and elective coursework.  The B.S. Degree allows students to self-concentrate in areas of Hydrologic, Atmospheric, Geologic, or Environmental Sciences.

General Education Courses (31-32 credit hours)

For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program 

Foreign Language Requirement (0-8 credit hours)

Second Mathematics and Statistics Course

Select one of the following:

Earth Systems or Environmental/Human Interactions Major Electives (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 additional credits that may come from any combination of courses from the Earth Systems or Environment/Human Interactions subgroups.  ESCI 3000  and ESCI 4000  special topics courses, as well as ESCI 4400 , ESCI 4800 , or ESCI 4600  may also be counted toward this total.

Note: Only 6 credits of 3000 and above major electives can be double counted between this degree and degrees in METR, GEOL, EVST, and GEOG degrees.

Unrestricted Elective Courses

As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours

Cooperative Education Program

Students in the Geography and Earth Sciences programs may obtain practical work experience while pursuing their degrees by participating in the Cooperative Education program.  The work experience is approved by the department and is closely related to the student’s field of study.  The Cooperative Education Program allows qualified students either to alternate semesters of academic study with semesters of full-time work experience or to combine part-time academic study and part-time work during the same semester.  Students who are in good standing with the University, have a minimum overall GPA of 2.5, and have completed 30 credit hours are eligible to apply.  Transfer students are required to complete 12 credit hours at the University prior to application. Students interested in learning more about participating in this program should contact the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences or the University Career Center.

Honors Program

For details about the Honors Program in Earth and Environmental Sciences, visit the program page .