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B.S. in Geosciences

The  B.S. in Geoscience is a STEM degree for students who want to use an Earth Science body of knowledge to acquire skills in critical thinking, problem solving, technical communication, and data analysis techniques. Students can choose between four tracks including Geology, Geophysics, Hydrology, and Secondary Education. Graduates can take the knowledge and skills developed in this degree to professional careers in natural resources or environmental sciences, graduate school for advanced studies, or any future where scientific thinking is used.

Degree Requirements

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Program Learning Outcomes

At the completion of a BS Geoscience degree students will be able to:

  1. Integrate the behavior of the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere as components of the Earth system
  2. Assess the ways humans affect Earth systems and the way Earth systems impact humans
  3. Interpret geophysical data to infer and model Earth system processes and structure
  4. Interpret the rock and sediment rock record to reconstruct past and predict future Earth system states and processes
  5. Quantify the occurrence and movement of water in the terrestrial hydrologic cycle, and the interactions among geological, chemical, and biological processes
  6. Formulate geoscientific research questions and hypotheses and design ways to address and test them
  7. Collect, process, analyze, and interpret a variety of geoscientific data
  8. Synthesize information from the scientific literature to provide context, methodology, and alternative arguments related to geoscience inquiry
  9. Clearly communicate scientific ideas in a variety of formats (verbal, written, graphical) to diverse audiences

B.S. Geoscience Flow Charts

Undergraduate degree program requirements and the flow charts for progressing through each program are provided below: