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Earth Sciences B.S.

Department of Earth Sciences
College of Science and Engineering
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 58
  • This program requires summer terms.
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  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences
Earth sciences is the study of the composition, structure, and history of the Earth and of the processes that operate on and within it, with emphasis on the crust, oceans, and atmosphere. The department's programs emphasize applications of physics, chemistry, and biology to understanding the Earth. Earth scientists are employed in a wide range of fields, including exploration for and development of natural resources (hydrocarbons, minerals, groundwater); environmental science; urban planning; education; and oceanography. Potential employers include the oil, gas, and minerals industries; environmental consultants; federal and private research institutions; universities; schools; and government agencies. An advanced degree is usually required for a career in research or teaching.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
Students must complete 5 courses before admission to the program.
Freshman and transfer students are usually admitted to pre-major status before admission to this major.
Students interested in the earth sciences as a major may want to consider taking GEO 1001 or other GEO 1xxx course, which can be counted as an elective.
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
Required prerequisites
Mathematics
MATH 1271 - Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1371 - CSE Calculus I [MATH] (4.0 cr)
MATH 1272 - Calculus II (4.0 cr)
or MATH 1372 - CSE Calculus II (4.0 cr)
MATH 2243 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2263 - Multivariable Calculus (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2373 - CSE Linear Algebra and Differential Equations (4.0 cr)
or MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
Required prerequisites
Physical Sciences
CHEM 1021 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1031H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
CHEM 1022 {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
or CHEM 1032H {Inactive} [PHYS] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1301W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1401V - Honors Physics I [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
PHYS 1302W - Introductory Physics for Science and Engineering II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 1402V - Honors Physics II [PHYS, WI] (4.0 cr)
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major or minor in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major or minor (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Major Courses
Major core courses required for all focus groups.
ESCI 2201 - Solid Earth Dynamics (4.0 cr)
ESCI 2202 - Earth History (4.0 cr)
ESCI 2203 - Earth Surface Dynamics (4.0 cr)
ESCI 2301 - Mineralogy (3.0 cr)
ESCI 3303W - Geochemical Principles [WI] (4.0 cr)
ESCI 3202 - Fluid Earth Dynamics (4.0 cr)
ESCI 3891 - Field Methods (2.0 cr)
Fieldwork
Take introductory field geology (GEO 3911) and choose one advanced field course from advanced field geology (GEO 4911) or field hydrogeology (GEO 4971W).
ESCI 3911 - Introductory Field Geology (4.0 cr)
ESCI 4911 - Advanced Field Geology (4.0 cr)
or ESCI 4971W - Field Hydrogeology [WI] (4.0 cr)
Technical Electives
Take 8 credits of additional elective courses in physical and natural sciences or mathematics, chosen in consultation with an adviser.
8 cr additional sciences
Upper Division Requirements
The general requirement for completion of upper division is 26 credits in consultation with the director of undergraduate studies. Students may chose one of six focus groups (geology, geophysics, biogeoscience, hydrogeology, geochemistry, or environmental geology) for a recommended list of upper division courses.
Earth Sciences Focus Groups
Geology
ESCI 2302 - Petrology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4501 - Structural Geology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4602 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4702 - General Hydrogeology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4701 - Geomorphology (3.0-4.0 cr)
or ESCI 4703 - Glacial Geology (4.0 cr)
10-11 additional GEO credits with at least 7 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx levels
-OR-
Geophysics
ESCI 2302 - Petrology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4211 - Solid Earth Geophysics I (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4501 - Structural Geology (3.0 cr)
MATH 2374 - CSE Multivariable Calculus and Vector Analysis (4.0 cr)
PHYS 2303 - Physics III: Physics of Matter (4.0 cr)
or PHYS 2503 - Physics III: Intro to Waves, Optics, and Special Relativity (4.0 cr)
Choice of two from
Take 2 or more course(s) from the following:
· ESCI 4212 - Solid Earth Geophysics II (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 4203 - Principles of Geophysical Exploration (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 4204 - Geomagnetism and Paleomagnetism (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5203 - Mineral and Rock Physics (3.0 cr)
· ESCI 5205 - Fluid Mechanics in Earth and Environmental Sciences (3.0 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· GEO 4xxx
· GEO 5xxx
-OR-
Biogeoscience
ESCI 4801 - Geomicrobiology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 5302 - Isotope Geology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
or ESCI 4402 - Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3.0 cr)
17 additional GEO credits at least 9 at 4xxx or 5xxx
-OR-
Hydrogeology
ESCI 4403 - Atmosphere, Oceans, and the Climate System (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4602 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4702 - General Hydrogeology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
or ESCI 4701 - Geomorphology (3.0-4.0 cr)
or ESCI 4703 - Glacial Geology (4.0 cr)
13-14 additional GEO credtis with at least 9 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx
-OR-
Geochemistry
ESCI 2302 - Petrology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4501 - Structural Geology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4801 - Geomicrobiology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 5302 - Isotope Geology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
or ESCI 4402 - Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3.0 cr)
11 additional GEO credits with at least 9 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx
-OR-
Environmental Geology
ESCI 4401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4402 - Biogeochemical Cycles in the Ocean (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4403 - Atmosphere, Oceans, and the Climate System (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4702 - General Hydrogeology (3.0 cr)
ESCI 4703 - Glacial Geology (4.0 cr)
or ESCI 4801 - Geomicrobiology (3.0 cr)
10-11 additional GEO credits with at least 9 credits at 4xxx or 5xxx
 
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