Earth Science: Paleobiology, 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.
Students in the Paleobiology concentration learn how the biological and physical conditions in deep time shaped the current conditions on Earth. Paleobiologists use image analysis and evolutionary theory to deduce the patterns of change in the biosphere.
The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. 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 Electives||17.5|
|BIOL 101||Introduction to Biology A||1.5|
|BIOL 102||Introduction to Biology B||1.5|
|BIOL 230||Evolutionary Biology||1|
|GEOL 100||Introduction to Geology||1|
|or GEOL 125||Earth and Life Through Time|
|GEOL 111||Geology Laboratory||1|
|Upper Level Courses|
|Select 1 Geology course unit at or above the 400 level||1|
|Select 1 Biology course unit at or above the 200 level||1|
|Required Courses in Related Disciplines|
|CHEM 101||General Chemistry I||1|
|CHEM 053||General Chemistry Laboratory I||.5|
|CHEM 102||General Chemistry II||1|
|CHEM 054||General Chemistry Laboratory II||.5|
|MATH 104||Calculus, Part I||1|
|Select one of the following:||1.5|
|Principles of Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion|
|Honors Physics I: Mechanics and Wave Motion|
|Select 1 course unit of the following:||1|
|Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices|
|Calculus, Part II|
|Statistics for Biologists|
|GEOL 399||Environmental Studies Research Seminar for Juniors||1|
|GEOL 498||Senior Thesis (2 semesters (0.5 CU each))||1|
|Total Course Units||36|
You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.
Two semester course; 2 course units granted only upon completion of second semester.
Applicants must have a 3.25 GPA in the major and complete Senior Thesis with a B+ or above.
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2021 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.