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.

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.

Required
GEO SCI 100Introduction to the Earth3
GEO SCI 102Principles of Historical Geology3
GEO SCI 301Principles of Mineralogy4
GEO SCI 302Elementary Petrology4
GEO SCI 316Introduction to Geophysics4
GEO SCI 414Structural Geology (satisfies L&S research requirement)4
GEO SCI 455Field Geology (normally taken over the summer) 14-8
GEO SCI 511Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
Electives
Select two of the following:8
GEO SCI 400
Water Quality
GEO SCI 401
General Soil Science
GEO SCI 409
Process Geomorphology
GEO SCI 443
Glacial and Pleistocene Geology
GEO SCI 463
Physical Hydrogeology
GEO SCI 464
Chemical Hydrogeology
GEO SCI 563
Field Methods in Hydrogeology
Select 12 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300 level or above12
Other Requirements
Mathematics
MATH 231Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Students are encouraged to take the following:
MATH 233
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
MATH 234
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
Chemistry
CHEM 102General Chemistry5
Students are encouraged to take courses in organic and physical chemistry
Physics
Select one of the following options:5
Option 1:
PHYSICS 120
PHYSICS 121
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
Option 2:
PHYSICS 209
PHYSICS 214
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
Total Credits64-68

Students are advised strongly to increase their scholastic breadth by selecting courses from among several subdisciplines of the geosciences, in consultation with Geosciences Department faculty.

Students who are interested in general geology are encouraged to include courses from among the following:

GEO SCI 409Process Geomorphology4
GEO SCI 515Physical Sedimentology4
GEO SCI 520Introduction to Paleontology4
GEO SCI 614Advanced Structural Geology3
GEO SCI 635Volcanology3
GEO SCI 636Geochronology3
GEO SCI 638Advanced Igneous Petrology3
Students are encouraged to consider topics offered under the following:
GEO SCI 696Topics in the Geological Sciences:1-3
GEO SCI 697Seminar in the Geological Sciences:1-3

Students who are interested in environmental geology or hydrogeology are encouraged to include courses from among the following:

GEO SCI 400Water Quality4
GEO SCI 401General Soil Science3
GEO SCI 409Process Geomorphology4
GEO SCI 443Glacial and Pleistocene Geology4
GEO SCI 463Physical Hydrogeology4
GEO SCI 464Chemical Hydrogeology4
GEO SCI 562Environmental Surface Hydrology3
GEO SCI 563Field Methods in Hydrogeology4