Earth Science- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Department of Geology & Environmental Earth Science, 114 Shideler Hall (513-529-3216).

The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science is for students who seek a broad understanding of the earth and how it operates but who do not necessarily wish to pursue a career as a professional geologist. It is our most flexible major allowing diverse exploration of earth systems and processes according to student interests.

Program Requirements: Bachelor of Arts

(48 semester hours minimum)

Core requirements. (7 semester hours):

Choose ONE of the following:

GLG 111 The Dynamic Earth (3) or

GLG 121 Environmental Geology (3) or

GLG 141 Geology of U.S. National Parks (3) or

GLG 115L Laboratory (1)

Field experience:

Minimum of 3 semester hours of a field based course. May be fulfilled by credit workshops. Potential course must be approved by GLG CDA. Only 3 hours of this experience will apply towards the major.

Electives (minimum 44 semester hours of 200-, 300- and 400-level courses with the following distribution):

Choose up to a maximum of 20 semester hours from any GLG 200-level course including:

GLG 201 Mineralogy (4)

GLG 204 Survival on an Evolving Planet (4)

GLG 211 Chemistry of Earth Systems (3)

GLG 217 Planetary Geology (3)

GLG 244 Oceanography (3)

GLG 261 Geohazards and the Solid Earth (3)

Choose from any 300-level GLG courses including:

GLG 301 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)

GLG 307 Water and Society (3)

GLG 322 Structural Geology (4)

GLG 335 Ice Age Earth (3)

GLG 354 Geomorphology (3)

GLG 357 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (4)

Choose at least 9 semester hours from any 400-level GLG course including:

GLG 401 Global Climate Change (4)

GLG 402 Geomicrobiology (3)

GLG 408 Introduction to Hydrogeology (4)

GLG 417 Forensic Isotope Geochemistry (3)

GLG 427 Isotope Geology (3)

GLG 428 Groundwater Flow Modeling (4)

GLG 432 X-ray Powder Diffraction and Clay Analysis (3)

GLG 435 Soils and Paleosols (3)

GLG 436 Paleoclimatology (3)

GLG 450 Sedimentary Basin Analysis (3)

GLG 461 Geophysics (3)

GLG 467 Seismology (3)

GLG 474 Paleobotany, Paleoecology, Paleoclimatology (3)

GLG 482 Contaminant Hydrogeology (4)

GLG 491 Geochemistry of Natural Waters (3)

GLG 492 Global Tectonics (4)

GLG 496 Isotopes in Environmental Processes (3)

Up to 12 credits of the following courses may substitute for any GLG 200-level course:

CHM 141, or CHM 141R; CHM 144 College Chemistry/College Chemistry Laboratory (3 or 4, 2)

MTH 151 Calculus I (5) or

MTH 153 Calculus I (4) or

STA 261 Statistics (4) or

STA 301 Applied Statistics (3)

PHY 171, 173 College Physics (3) and Physics Laboratory (1) or

PHY 181, 183 The Physical World (4) and Physics Laboratory (1)

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing a course from each of the three tiers indicated: Tier 1 (GLG 204 or 211) followed by Tier 2 (GLG 301 or 357 or 408), followed by Tier 3 (GLG 497).

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