BA in Geosciences

Listed below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Geosciences. In addition to the requirements for the major, students must also satisfy all of the university general education requirements and the College of Letters & Science breadth and other degree requirements. Degree requirements will vary depending on when you took your first college class. You are strongly advised to consult both the Geosciences advisor and your L&S advisor to ensure you stay on track towards a degree. Read more about the degree requirements on the L&S Degree Requirements web pages.

Major Requirements

All students who major in Geosciences must complete at least 15 credits in Geosciences courses at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above) in residence at UWM as part of the 36 advanced-level credits required for the L&S degree. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

GEO SCI 100Introduction to the Earth3
GEO SCI 102Principles of Historical Geology3
GEO SCI 301Principles of Mineralogy4
GEO SCI 302Elementary Petrology4
GEO SCI 414Structural Geology (satisfies L&S research requirement)4
GEO SCI 455Field Geology (normally taken over the summer) 13
GEO SCI 511Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
Select 9 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300 level or above9
Other Requirements
Physics and Chemistry
Select at least one laboratory course in physics and one laboratory course in chemistry selected from the courses required for the Geosciences B.S. Option.9-10
Total Credits43-44

GEO SCI 455 is required but not offered at UWM. Students must enroll in a field course at another university to satisfy the requirement.