Geoscience - Requirements for the Major

Geoscience Program | Geoscience Minor Requirements | Course Descriptions

Supporting Courses, 29 credits

  • CHEM 211          Principles of Chemistry I,  4 credits
  • CHEM 212          Principles of Chemistry II,  4 credits
  • CHEM 213          Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory, 1 credit
  • CHEM 214           Principles of Chemistry II Laboratory, 1 credit
  • EARTH SC 202  Physical Geology, 4 credits
  • EARTH SC 203  Geologic Evolution of the Earth, 3 credits
  • EARTH SC 204  Geologic Evolution of the Earth Laboratory, 1 credit

A minimum of two courses:

  • COMP SCI 256  Software Design I, 4 credits
  • MATH 202         Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
  • MATH 203         Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
  • MATH 209         Multivariate Calculus, 4 credits
  • MATH 260         Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

One of these:

  • COMM 133        Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • ENG COMP 105    Expository Writing, 3 credits
  • INFO SCI 390        Technical Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 25 credits

  • EARTH SC 432  Hydrogeology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 320      The Soil Environment, 4 credits
  • ENV SCI 330      Hydrology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 342      Environmental Geology, 3 credits

Choose 12 credits from the following list:

  • EARTH SC 340  Rock and Mineral Resources, 3 credits
  • EARTH SC 402  Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, 3 credits
  • EARTH SC 470  Quaternary Geology, 3 credits
  • EARTH SC 492  Special Topics in Earth Science, 1-4 credits
                                (Course topics vary.  Typical topics include
                                mineralogy, structural geology, geologic field
                                methods, and geomorphic processes. Offerings of
                                different topics can be repeated for credit.)
  • ENV SCI  421     Soils and Geology of Wisconsin Field Trip, 1-3 credits
                                (Offerings of trip to different areas may be repeated for credit)
  • ENV SCI 425      Global Climate Change, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 454      Remote Sensing and GIS, 4 credits

Three to 6 credits of upper-level requirements may be fulfilled through completion of a summer geoscience or geology field camp sponsored by an accredited university. Students should obtain pre-approval for course substitution from the chair of Geoscience prior to enrolling in a particular field course.

Requirements for the Geoscience Major for Students Seeking Teaching Certification

Supporting Courses, 30-35 credits

  • CHEM 108          General Chemistry,  4 credits
  • CHEM 109          General Chemistry Laboratory, 1 credit
    or
  • CHEM 211          Principles of Chemistry I,  4 credits
  • CHEM 213          Principles of Chemistry I Laboratory, 1 credit

Candidates for teacher certification are strongly urged to take CHEM 211 and also CHEM 212 Principles of Chemistry II, 5 credits.

  • EARTH SC 202   Physical Geology, 4 credits
  • EARTH SC 203   Geologic Evolution of the Earth, 3 credits
  • EARTH SC 204   Geologic Evolution of the Earth Laboratory, 1 credit
  • EARTH SC 222   Ocean of Air: Weather and Climate, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 141      Astronomy, 3 credits

Two of these:

  • MATH 104          Elementary Functions: Algebra and Trigonometry, 4 credits
  • MATH 202          Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits
  • MATH 260          Introductory Statistics, 4 credits

One of these:

  • COMM 133         Fundamentals of Public Address, 3 credits
  • ENG COMP 105 Expository Writing, 3 credits
  • INFO SCI 390         Technical Writing, 3 credits

Upper-Level Courses, 25 credits

  • ENV SCI 320      The Soil Environment, 4 credits
  • ENV SCI 330      Hydrology, 3 credits
  • ENV SCI 342      Environmental Geology, 3 credits

Choose 15 additional credits from the upper-level course list for the Geoscience major.

Geoscience Program
Geoscience Minor Requirements
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