Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences

https://earthsciences.uoregon.edu/

Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate program in the Department of Earth Sciences provides an understanding of the materials that constitute the earth and the processes that have shaped the earth from deep in its interior to the surface environment—geology. Geology applies all the basic sciences—biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics—to understanding earth processes in the historical context of geologic time. It is a science that explores problems by combining field investigations with laboratory experiments and theoretical studies.

Geology also addresses many natural hazards—earthquakes, flooding, and volcanic eruptions—that affect humans. It addresses the impact of humans on the earth’s surface environment, where we pollute rivers and ground water, cause rapid erosion and landslides, or attempt to re-engineer rivers and shorelines.

Geological Sciences Curriculum

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a bachelor of science (BS) or a bachelor of arts (BA) degree with a major in earth sciences.

Major Tracks

Earth science is an unusually broad subject. It addresses everything from the chemical processes that make rocks and minerals to the physics behind plate tectonics and the travel of earthquake waves through the planet. It explores the history of the evolution of life revealed in fossils, and it probes the earth processes that affect how humans can survive on the surface of the planet. To address this breadth, the department offers four curricular tracks for a major in earth sciences: geology, geophysics, environmental geoscience, and paleontology.

All of the tracks require a common core of general chemistry, calculus, general geology, and physics, except that paleontology- and environmental geoscience–track students may take two terms of biology in place of two terms of physics. Beyond the core, each track requires certain additional courses and a selection of electives.

Grade Options and Standards

Undergraduate majors must take for letter grades (the pass/no pass option is not acceptable) all the courses required in their degree program. Required courses must be completed with grades of C– or better. Exceptions for honors students are noted under Honors in Earth Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts: Geology Track

Core Courses
ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
PHYS 201–202General Physics8
or PHYS 251
PHYS 252
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics I
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H–225H Honors General Chemistry
MATH 251–252Calculus I-II8
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Additional Requirements
ERTH 331Mineralogy5
ERTH 332Introduction to Petrology5
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350
ERTH 351
ERTH 352
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Problems
and Structural Geology Laboratory and Field
5
Field Studies:12
Field Studies: [Topic]
Electives
See Electives table for choices20
Total Credits106

Electives

Biology
Courses numbered 306 or higher
Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 226HAdvanced General Chemistry III4
CH 227–229General Chemistry Laboratory6
or CH 237–239 Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
CH 335Organic Chemistry II4
CH 336Organic Chemistry III4
CH 411–413Physical Chemistry12
CH 431–433Inorganic Chemistry12
CH 444Chemical Thermodynamics4
CH 445Statistical Mechanics4
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210–212Computer Science I-III12
CIS 315Intermediate Algorithms4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 481–482GIScience I-II8
GEOG 485–486Remote Sensing I-II8
GEOG 491Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Earth Sciences
Select from GEOL 304–3104
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses higher than 410
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282Several-Variable Calculus I-II8
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
MATH 411–412Functions of a Complex Variable I-II8
MATH 421–422Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis I-II8
MATH 425–426Statistical Methods I-II8
Physics
PHYS 203General Physics4
or PHYS 253 Foundations of Physics I
PHYS 204–206Introductory Physics Laboratory6
PHYS 290Foundations of Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
PHYS 411–413Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism12

Bachelor of Science: Geology Track

Core Courses
ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
PHYS 201–202General Physics8
or PHYS 251
PHYS 252
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics I
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H–225H Honors General Chemistry
MATH 251–252Calculus I-II8
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
Additional Requirements
ERTH 331Mineralogy5
ERTH 332Introduction to Petrology5
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350
ERTH 351
ERTH 352
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Problems
and Structural Geology Laboratory and Field
5
Field Studies:12
Field Studies: [Topic]
Electives
See Electives table for choices20
Total Credits106

Electives

Biology
Courses numbered 306 or higher
Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 226HAdvanced General Chemistry III4
CH 227–229General Chemistry Laboratory6
or CH 237–239 Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
CH 335Organic Chemistry II4
CH 336Organic Chemistry III4
CH 411–413Physical Chemistry12
CH 431–433Inorganic Chemistry12
CH 444Chemical Thermodynamics4
CH 445Statistical Mechanics4
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210–212Computer Science I-III12
CIS 315Intermediate Algorithms4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 481–482GIScience I-II8
GEOG 485–486Remote Sensing I-II8
GEOG 491Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Earth Sciences
Select from GEOL 304–3104
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses higher than 410
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282Several-Variable Calculus I-II8
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
MATH 411–412Functions of a Complex Variable I-II8
MATH 421–422Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis I-II8
MATH 425–426Statistical Methods I-II8
Physics
PHYS 203General Physics4
or PHYS 253 Foundations of Physics I
PHYS 204–206Introductory Physics Laboratory6
PHYS 290Foundations of Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
PHYS 411–413Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism12

Bachelor of Arts: Geophysics Track

ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
PHYS 251–253Foundations of Physics I12
MATH 251–253Calculus I-III12
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H–225H Honors General Chemistry
ERTH 455Mechanical Earth4
Additional Requirements
Select two of the following:7-8
Hillslope Geomorphology
Hydrogeology
Neotectonics and Quaternary Geology
Tectonics
Fluid Dynamics
Environmental Geomechanics
Computational Earth Science
Geodynamics
Fault Mechanics
Introduction to Seismology
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282
MATH 256
Several-Variable Calculus I-II
and Introduction to Differential Equations
12
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
or PHYS 411–413 Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism
Electives
See Electives table for choices28
Total Credits:104

Electives

Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 226HAdvanced General Chemistry III4
CH 411Physical Chemistry4
Earth Sciences
Select from GEOL 101–3108
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350Structural Geology3
ERTH 351Structural Geology Problems1
ERTH 352Structural Geology Laboratory and Field1
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses numbered 408 or higher
Mathematics
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
or MATH 421–422 Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis I-II

Bachelor of Science: Geophysics Track

ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
PHYS 251–253Foundations of Physics I12
MATH 251–253Calculus I-III12
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H–225H Honors General Chemistry
ERTH 455Mechanical Earth4
Additional Requirements
Select two of the following:7-8
Hillslope Geomorphology
Hydrogeology
Neotectonics and Quaternary Geology
Tectonics
Fluid Dynamics
Environmental Geomechanics
Computational Earth Science
Geodynamics
Fault Mechanics
Introduction to Seismology
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282
MATH 256
Several-Variable Calculus I-II
and Introduction to Differential Equations
12
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
or PHYS 411–413 Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism
Electives
See Electives table for choices28
Total Credits:104

Electives

Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 226HAdvanced General Chemistry III4
CH 411Physical Chemistry4
Earth Sciences
Select from GEOL 101–3108
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350Structural Geology3
ERTH 351Structural Geology Problems1
ERTH 352Structural Geology Laboratory and Field1
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses numbered 408 or higher
Mathematics
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
or MATH 421–422 Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis I-II

Bachelor of Arts: Environmental Geoscience Track

Core Requirements (60 or 65 credits)
ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
or ERTH 331
ERTH 332
Mineralogy
and Introduction to Petrology
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
PHYS 201
PHYS 202
General Physics
and General Physics
8
or PHYS 251
PHYS 252
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics I
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H
CH 225H
Advanced General Chemistry I
and Advanced General Chemistry II
MATH 251–252Calculus I-II8
or MATH 246
MATH 247
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
and Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
Electives
See Electives table for choices44
Total Credits104

Electives

Group A24
ERTH 310Earth Resources and the Environment4
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Physical Oceanography)1-5
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Soil and Environmental Chemistry)1-5
ERTH 438Geobiology4
ERTH 441Hillslope Geomorphology4
ERTH 451Hydrogeology4
ERTH 455Mechanical Earth4
ERTH 462Environmental Geomechanics4
ENVS 477Soil Science4
Group B20
Group A elective courses beyond 24 credits
Earth Sciences
ERTH 301 to ERTH 309 (up to 4 credits)4
ERTH 350Structural Geology3
ERTH 351Structural Geology Problems1
ERTH 352Structural Geology Laboratory and Field1
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 406Field Studies: [Topic]1-6
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 410 and above if not taken as a Group A elective4
Biology
BI 212General Biology II: Organisms4
BI 213General Biology III: Populations4
BI 214General Biology IV: Mechanisms4
Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 227General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 228General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 229General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 237Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 238Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 239Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
Any Chemistry course from 331 to 499
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210Computer Science I4
CIS 211Computer Science II4
CIS 212Computer Science III4
Environmental Science
ENVS 350Ecological Footprint of Energy Generation4
ENVS 465Wetland Ecology and Management4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 433Fire and Natural Disturbances4
GEOG 481GIScience I4
GEOG 482GIScience II4
GEOG 485Remote Sensing I4
GEOG 486Remote Sensing II4
GEOG 490GIScience: [Topic]4
GEOG 491Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 494Spatial Analysis4
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 282Several-Variable Calculus II4
MATH 341Elementary Linear Algebra4
MATH 342Elementary Linear Algebra4
MATH 411Functions of a Complex Variable I4
MATH 412Functions of a Complex Variable II4
MATH 422Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis II4

Bachelor of Science: Environmental Geoscience Track

Core Requirements (60 or 65 credits)
ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
or ERTH 331
ERTH 332
Mineralogy
and Introduction to Petrology
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
PHYS 201
PHYS 202
General Physics
and General Physics
8
or PHYS 251
PHYS 252
Foundations of Physics I
and Foundations of Physics I
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H
CH 225H
Advanced General Chemistry I
and Advanced General Chemistry II
MATH 251–252Calculus I-II8
or MATH 246
MATH 247
Calculus for the Biological Sciences I
and Calculus for the Biological Sciences II
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
Electives
See Electives table for choices44
Total Credits104

Electives

Group A24
ERTH 310Earth Resources and the Environment4
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Physical Oceanography)1-5
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic] (Soil and Environmental Chemistry)1-5
ERTH 438Geobiology4
ERTH 441Hillslope Geomorphology4
ERTH 451Hydrogeology4
ERTH 455Mechanical Earth4
ERTH 462Environmental Geomechanics4
ENVS 477Soil Science4
Group B20
Group A elective courses beyond 24 credits
Earth Sciences
ERTH 301 to ERTH 309 (up to 4 credits)4
ERTH 350Structural Geology3
ERTH 351Structural Geology Problems1
ERTH 352Structural Geology Laboratory and Field1
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 406Field Studies: [Topic]1-6
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 410 and above if not taken as a Group A elective4
Biology
BI 212General Biology II: Organisms4
BI 213General Biology III: Populations4
BI 214General Biology IV: Mechanisms4
Chemistry
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 227General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 228General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 229General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 237Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 238Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 239Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory2
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
Any Chemistry course from 331 to 499
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210Computer Science I4
CIS 211Computer Science II4
CIS 212Computer Science III4
Environmental Science
ENVS 350Ecological Footprint of Energy Generation4
ENVS 465Wetland Ecology and Management4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 433Fire and Natural Disturbances4
GEOG 481GIScience I4
GEOG 482GIScience II4
GEOG 485Remote Sensing I4
GEOG 486Remote Sensing II4
GEOG 490GIScience: [Topic]4
GEOG 491Advanced Geographic Information Systems4
GEOG 494Spatial Analysis4
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 282Several-Variable Calculus II4
MATH 341Elementary Linear Algebra4
MATH 342Elementary Linear Algebra4
MATH 411Functions of a Complex Variable I4
MATH 412Functions of a Complex Variable II4
MATH 422Partial Differential Equations: Fourier Analysis II4

Bachelor of Arts: Paleontology Track

ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
or ERTH 331 Mineralogy
or ERTH 332 Introduction to Petrology
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
or ERTH 316 Introduction to Hydrogeology
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
BI 211General Biology I: Cells4
BI 212General Biology II: Organisms4
or BI 213 General Biology III: Populations
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H
CH 225H
Advanced General Chemistry I
and Advanced General Chemistry II
MATH 246–247Calculus for the Biological Sciences I-II8
or MATH 251–252 Calculus I-II
PHYS 201General Physics4
or PHYS 251 Foundations of Physics I
Additional Requirements
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350
ERTH 351
ERTH 352
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Problems
and Structural Geology Laboratory and Field
5
Field Studies:12
Field Studies: [Topic]
Select two of the following:8
Paleobotany
Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleopedology
Electives
See Electives table for choices16
Total Credits105

Electives

Anthropology
ANTH 361Human Evolution4
ANTH 366Human Osteology Laboratory4
ANTH 462Primate Evolution4
ANTH 466Primate Feeding and Nutrition4
ANTH 467Paleoecology and Human Evolution4
ANTH 471Zooarchaeology: [Topic]4
ANTH 479Taphonomy: Bones, Bugs, and Burials4
Biology
Courses numbered 306 or higher
Chemistry
CH 227–229General Chemistry Laboratory6
or CH 237–239 Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
CH 335Organic Chemistry II4
CH 336Organic Chemistry III4
CH 411–413Physical Chemistry12
CH 431–433Inorganic Chemistry12
CH 444Chemical Thermodynamics4
CH 445Statistical Mechanics4
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210–212Computer Science I-III12
CIS 315Intermediate Algorithms4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 481–482GIScience I-II8
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Earth Sciences
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses higher than 410 2
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282Several-Variable Calculus I-II8
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
MATH 411–412Functions of a Complex Variable I-II8
MATH 425–426Statistical Methods I-II8
Physics
PHYS 202General Physics4
PHYS 203General Physics4
PHYS 204Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 205Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 206Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 253Foundations of Physics I4
PHYS 290Foundations of Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
PHYS 411–413Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism12

Bachelor of Science: Paleontology Track

ERTH 101
ERTH 102
ERTH 103
Exploring Planet Earth
and Exploring Earth’s Environment
and Exploring Earth History
12
or ERTH 201
ERTH 202
ERTH 203
Dynamic Planet Earth
and Earth's Surface and Environment
and History of Life
ERTH 311Earth Materials5
or ERTH 331 Mineralogy
or ERTH 332 Introduction to Petrology
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
or ERTH 316 Introduction to Hydrogeology
ERTH 318Introduction to Field Methods3
ERTH 363Computational Tools for Earth Sciences4
or CIS 122 Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
ERTH 418Earth and Environmental Data Analysis4
or MATH 253 Calculus III
or MATH 343 Statistical Models and Methods
or MATH 425 Statistical Methods I
BI 211General Biology I: Cells4
BI 212General Biology II: Organisms4
or BI 213 General Biology III: Populations
CH 221–222General Chemistry8
or CH 224H
CH 225H
Advanced General Chemistry I
and Advanced General Chemistry II
MATH 246–247Calculus for the Biological Sciences I-II8
or MATH 251–252 Calculus I-II
PHYS 201General Physics4
or PHYS 251 Foundations of Physics I
Additional Requirements
ERTH 334Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
ERTH 350
ERTH 351
ERTH 352
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Problems
and Structural Geology Laboratory and Field
5
Field Studies:12
Field Studies: [Topic]
Select two of the following:8
Paleobotany
Vertebrate Paleontology
Paleopedology
Electives
See Electives table for choices16
Total Credits105

Electives

Anthropology
ANTH 361Human Evolution4
ANTH 366Human Osteology Laboratory4
ANTH 462Primate Evolution4
ANTH 466Primate Feeding and Nutrition4
ANTH 467Paleoecology and Human Evolution4
ANTH 471Zooarchaeology: [Topic]4
ANTH 479Taphonomy: Bones, Bugs, and Burials4
Biology
Courses numbered 306 or higher
Chemistry
CH 227–229General Chemistry Laboratory6
or CH 237–239 Advanced General Chemistry Laboratory
CH 223General Chemistry III4
CH 331Organic Chemistry I4
CH 335Organic Chemistry II4
CH 336Organic Chemistry III4
CH 411–413Physical Chemistry12
CH 431–433Inorganic Chemistry12
CH 444Chemical Thermodynamics4
CH 445Statistical Mechanics4
Computer and Information Science
CIS 210–212Computer Science I-III12
CIS 315Intermediate Algorithms4
Geography
GEOG 321Climatology4
GEOG 322Geomorphology4
GEOG 323Biogeography4
GEOG 360Watershed Science and Policy4
GEOG 361Global Environmental Change4
GEOG 421Advanced Climatology: [Topic]4
GEOG 423Advanced Biogeography: [Topic]4
GEOG 425Hydrology and Water Resources4
GEOG 427Fluvial Geomorphology4
GEOG 430Long-Term Environmental Change4
GEOG 481–482GIScience I-II8
GEOG 495Geographic Data Analysis4
Earth Sciences
ERTH 315Earth Physics4
ERTH 316Introduction to Hydrogeology4
ERTH 353Geologic Hazards4
ERTH 401Research: [Topic]1-21
ERTH 403Thesis1-6
ERTH 410Experimental Course: [Topic]1-5
ERTH 407Seminar: [Topic]1-5
Courses higher than 410 2
Mathematics
MATH 256Introduction to Differential Equations4
MATH 281–282Several-Variable Calculus I-II8
MATH 341–342Elementary Linear Algebra8
MATH 411–412Functions of a Complex Variable I-II8
MATH 425–426Statistical Methods I-II8
Physics
PHYS 202General Physics4
PHYS 203General Physics4
PHYS 204Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 205Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 206Introductory Physics Laboratory2
PHYS 253Foundations of Physics I4
PHYS 290Foundations of Physics Laboratory1
PHYS 351–353Foundations of Physics II12
PHYS 411–413Mechanics, Electricity, and Magnetism12