Earth Science: Environmental Science, BA

The Earth Science major provides graduates with a broad understanding of the physical and chemical processes that operate in and on the planet and how direct and indirect methods are used to examine and understand the structure, composition, and dynamics of the Earth.  Graduates appreciate how humans and ecosystems interact with the dynamic Earth, and they have an in-depth knowledge of the atmosphere and climate change, the rock cycle, natural hazards, and the hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles. Additionally, they understand how to measure and use the structure, sequence, and properties of rocks, sediments, and fossils to reconstruct events in Earth's history and identify potential natural hazards or earth resources.

The Environmental Science concentration within the Earth Science major integrates geology, biology, chemistry, and physics in an effort to have students undertake a scientific study of the environment and the effects of humans on Earth systems.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 35. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirement
ENVS 100Introduction to Environmental Science1
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Geology (if not taken)
Natural Disturbances and Human Disasters
Earth and Life Through Time
Oceanography
Global Climate Change
Math, Physics & Chemistry Requirement
Select 3 course units of Math, Physics and Chemistry courses with at least one course from two different disciplines.3
Mathematics:
Calculus, Part I
Calculus, Part II
Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices
Introductory Statistics
Physics:
General Physics: Mechanics, Heat and Sound
Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion
General Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics, and Modern Physics
Principles of Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Honors Physics II: Electromagnetism and Radiation
Introduction to Geophysics
Chemistry:
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Geochemistry
Earth & Environmental Systems
Select 5 course units in Earth & Environmental Systems with at least one ENVS, one GEOL course and two at the 300-level or above5
Living Systems5
Introduction to Biology A
Introduction to Biology B (and AP Credit)
Or
Introduction to Biology - The Molecular Biology of Life ( + AP Credit)
Ecology: From individuals to ecosystems
BIOL Course
Curriculum Related Practical Experience
Field Course or Equivalent Experience
Total Course Units35
1

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.

Honors

Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA in the Major and complete a Senior Thesis with a B+ or above.

Select 2 course units of courses from the approved list on EESC website2
Environmental Studies Research Seminar for Juniors
Senior Thesis

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.