BS in Geosciences

Listed below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Science 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.

Requirements

Total Credits

58-61 credits

Required Courses (26-29 credits)
  • Geo Sci 100 - Introduction to the Earth, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 102 - Principles of Historical Geology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 301 - Principles of Mineralogy, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 302 - Elementary Petrology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 316 - Introduction to Geophysics, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 414 - Structural Geology (satisfies L&S research requirement), 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 455 - Field Geology* (normally taken over the summer), 5-8 credits
  • Geo Sci 511 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation, 3 credits
Elective Courses (18 credits)

Select two of the following:

  • Geo Sci 400 - Water Quality, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 401 - General Soil Science, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 409 - Process Geomorphology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 443 - Glacial and Pleistocene Geology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 463 - Physical Hydrogeology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 464 - Chemical Hydrogeology, 3 credits
  • Geo Sci 563 - Field Methods in Hydrogeology, 3 credits

Select 12 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300-level or above.



Mathematics (4 credits)

  • Math 231 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, 4 credits

Students are encouraged, but not required to, take the following:

  • Math 232 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry II, 4 credits
  • Math 233 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry III, 4 credits
  • Math 234 - Linear Algebra and Differential Equations, 4 credits


Chemistry (5 credits)

  • Chem 102 - General Chemistry, 5 credits

Students are encouraged, but not required to, take additional courses in organic and physical chemistry.



Physics (5 credits)

Select one of the following options:

Option 1:

  • Physics 120 - General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
  • Physics 121 - General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment), 1 credit

Option 2:

  • Physics 209 - General Physics I (Calculus Treatment), 4 credits
  • Physics 214 - General Physics Laboratory I (Calculus Treatment), 1 credit


Additional 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.

GPA Requirements

The College requires that students attain at least a 2.500 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.500 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.