Courses and Requirements for EPS Majors

Geology

Geologists use a variety of observational and analytical tools to investigate the composition and structure of the Earth, with the objective of understanding how its features evolved over time. Planetary geologists may apply the same set of tools and principles to explore other objects in the solar system. Many geologists are employed by corporations or government agencies tasked with assessing natural hazards, natural resources, and the environment.

Course Requirements

Required classes:

Chemistry 104 & 105 or 111A & 112A
Physics 191 & 192
Math 131, 132, & 233
EPSc 201 – Earth and the Environment
EPSc 352 – Earth Materials
EPSc 353 – Earth Forces

EPSc 386 – Earth's Climate System
EPSc 437 – Introduction to Petrology
Summer Field Camp (counts as Capstone)
Choose three of:
EPSc 361 – Structural Geology
EPSc 385 – Earth History
EPSc 409 – Surface Processes
EPSc 413 – Intro. Soil Science
EPSc 473 – Planetary Geology
EPSc 496 – Undergraduate Field Geology (may not also serve as capstone)

Choose one of:
EPSc 319 – Physical Oceanography
EPSc 323 – Biogeochemistry 
EPSc 386 – Earth's Climate System
EPSc 401 – Earth Systems Science
EPSc 407 – Remote Sensing
EPSc 408 – Earth’s Atm. & Climate
EPSc 410 – Remote Sensing Instrum.
EPSc 428 – Hydrology
EPSc 441 – Intro to Geochemistry
EPSc 444 – Environmental Geochem.
EPSc 446 – Stable Isotope Geochem.
EPSc 452 – Intro. Seismology
EPSc 453 – Interior of the Earth
EPSc 454 – Explor. Environ. Geophys.
EPSc 459 – Geodynamics
EPSc 474 – Planetary Geochemistry
EPSc 486 – Paleoclimatology

Field camp

Students must complete an approved geology field camp worth at least six units of credit. The field camp must be attended during the summer, after either the junior or the senior year. It is important to take the appropriate courses (usually listed by the camp) before attending field camp.

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.  For geology majors, field camp fulfills the capstone requirement. Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction).

Geochemistry

Geochemistry applies knowledge of chemical systems to understand the Earth, the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere. Geochemists analyze elemental and isotopic abundances to understand physical chemical and biological processes occurring within the Earth System. Many geochemists are employed as consultants or in government agencies tasked with environmental assessment of soil, water, and air quality, as well as work in identifying and managing natural resources.

Course Requirements

Required classes:
Chemistry 104 & 105 or 111A & 112A
Physics 191 & 192
Math 131, 132, 233, and one of the following: 217, 309, 2200, or 3200
EPSc 201 – Earth and the Environment
EPSc 352 – Earth Materials
EPSc 353 – Earth Forces
EPSc 441 – Introduction to Geochemistry
Capstone experience

Choose 3 of:
EPSc 323 – Biogeochemistry
EPSc 401 – Earth Systems Science
EPSc 444 – Environmental Geochem.
EPSc 445 – Organic Geochem.
EPSc 446 – Stable Isotope Geochem.
EPSc 474 – Planetary Geochemistry
EPSc 486 – Paleoclimatology

Choose 1 of:
EPSc 319 – Physical Oceanography
EPSc 361 – Structural Geology
EPSc 385 – Earth History
EPSc 386 – Earth's Climate System
EPSc 407 – Remote Sensing
EPSc 408 – Earth’s Atm. & Climate
EPSc 409 – Surface Processes
EPSc 410 – Remote Sensing Instrum.
EPSc 413 – Intro. Soil Science
EPSc 428 – Hydrology
EPSc 437 – Intro to Petrology
EPSc 452 – Intro. Seismology
EPSc 453 – Interior of the Earth
EPSc 454 – Explor. Environ. Geophys.
EPSc 459 – Geodynamics
EPSc 473 – Planetary Geology
EPSc 496 – Undergraduate Field Geology (may not also serve as capstone)

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.  Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction)

Geophysics

Geophysics is a subset of Earth and planetary science that uses quantitative tools from physics and math to understand the processes that control the evolution of the interior or the surface of a planet. A geophysicist might analyze seismic or satellite data, conduct laboratory experiments, or construct numerical models of complex systems. Many geophysicists are employed by exploration companies, by academic institutions, and by the government.

Course Requirements

Required classes:
Chemistry 104 & 105 or 111A & 112A
Physics 191 & 192
Math 131, 132, 217, 233, & 309
EPSc 201 – Earth and the Environment
EPSc 352 – Earth Materials
EPSc 353 – Earth Forces
Capstone experience

Choose 3 of:
EPSc 319 – Physical Oceanography
EPSc 386 – Earth's Climate System
EPSc 407 – Remote Sensing
EPSc 408 – Earth’s Atm. & Climate
EPSc 410 – Remote Sensing Instrum.
EPSc 428 – Hydrology
EPSc 452 – Intro. Seismology
EPSc 453 – Interior of the Earth
EPSc 454 – Explor. Environ. Geophys.
EPSc 459 – Geodynamics

Choose 1 of:
EPSc 323 – Biogeochemistry
EPSc 361 – Structural Geology
EPSc 385 – Earth History
EPSc 401 – Earth Systems Science
EPSc 409 – Surface Processes
EPSc 413 – Intro. Soil Science
EPSc 437 – Intro to Petrology
EPSc 441 – Intro to Geochemistry
EPSc 444 – Environmental Geochem.
EPSc 446 – Stable Isotope Geochem.
EPSc 473 – Planetary Geology
EPSc 474 – Planetary Geochemistry
EPSc 486 – Paleoclimatology
EPSc 496 – Undergraduate Field Geology (may not also serve as capstone)

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year. Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Senior Honors and Research Distinction)

Environmental Earth Science

Environmental Earth Science (EES) is an interdisciplinary major that combines a solid background in Earth science with complementary breadth in other environmental disciplines, including anthropology and biology. Students completing the EES major often seek careers in academia, consulting firms, non-profits, or government agencies.

Course Requirements

Required classes:
Chemistry 104 & 105 or 111A & 112A
Physics 191
Math 131 & 132
Phil 235F – Intro to Environ. Ethics or PoliSci 2010 – Intro to Environ. Policy
Biology 2950 – Introduction to Environmental Biology
EPSc 201 – Earth and the Environment
EPSc 323 – Biogeochemistry
EPSc 336 – Minerals and Rocks in the Environment or EPSc 352 – Earth Materials
EPSc 413 – Soil Science
Capstone experience

Choose 7 (at least 3 from EPS):
Anthro 361 – Culture and Environment
Anthro 3322 – Brave New Crops
Bio 2960 – Principles of Biology I
Bio 2970 – Principles of Biology II
Bio 349 – Microbiology
Bio 381 – Introduction to Ecology
Bio 4170 – Population Ecology
Bio 419 – Community Ecology
Bio 4193 – Experimental Ecology Lab
Bio 4810 – General Biochemistry I
ChemE 449 – Sustainable Air Quality
Chem 261– Organic Chem I
Chem 401 – Physical Chem I
Econ 451 – Environmental Policy
EECE 210 – Intro to Environmental Engineering
EECE 518 – Sustainable Air Quality
EECE 531 – Environmental Organic Chemistry
EnSt 380 – Applications in GIS
EnSt 405 – Sustainability Exchange (may not also serve as capstone)
EnSt 539 – Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic (may not also serve as capstone)
EnSt 3068 – The Human History of Climate Change
EPSc 219 – Energy and the Environment
EPSc 308 – Topics in Environmental Sustainability
EPSc 319 – Physical Oceanography
EPSc 353 – Earth Forces
EPSc 361 – Structural Geology
EPSc 385 – Earth History 
EPSc 386 – Earth's Climate System
EPSc 401 – Earth Systems Science
EPSc 407 – Remote Sensing
EPSc 408 – Earth’s Atmos. & Climate
EPSc 409 – Surface Processes
EPSc 428 – Hydrology
EPSc 441 – Intro to Geochemistry
EPSc 444 – Environmental Geochem.
EPSc 445 – Organic Geochemistry
EPSc 446 – Stable Isotope Geochem.
EPSc 454 – Explor. Environ. Geophys.
EPSc 486 – Paleoclimatology
EPSc 496 – Undergraduate Field Geology (may not also serve as capstone)
Math 233 – Calculus III
Math 217 – Differential Equations
Math 2200 – Elementary Prob. And Statistics
Math 3200 – Statistics with Data Analysis
Math 309 – Matrix Algebra
PoliSci 332 – Environmental and Energy Issues

Capstone experience

All majors are required to complete a capstone experience during their Junior or Senior year.  Learn more on the Capstone Experience Policy page.

Senior Honors (optional)

Thesis is required for Senior Honors (see Seniors Honor and Research Distinction).