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.

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
Select two (6 – 8 credits) of the following:6-8
Water Quality
General Soil Science
Process Geomorphology
Glacial and Pleistocene Geology
Physical Hydrogeology
Chemical Hydrogeology
Physical Sedimentology
Terroir: Geology in a Glass
Field Methods in Hydrogeology
Principles of Stream Management and Restoration
Select 10-12 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300 level or above, for a total of 18 elective credits.10-12
Other Requirements
MATH 231Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Students are encouraged to take the following:
Calculus and Analytic Geometry II
Calculus and Analytic Geometry III
Linear Algebra and Differential Equations
CHEM 102General Chemistry5
Students are encouraged to take the following course as well as courses in organic and inorganic chemistry:
General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
Select one of the following options:5
Option 1:
General Physics I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory I (Non-Calculus Treatment)
Option 2:
Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics I (Calculus Treatment)
Students are encouraged to take:
General Physics II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
and General Physics Laboratory II (Non-Calculus Treatment)
Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
and Lab Physics II (Calculus Treatment)
Total Credits60-68

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

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 420Methods in Paleomagnetism and Environmental Magnetism3
GEO SCI 515Physical Sedimentology4
GEO SCI 520Introduction to Paleontology4
GEO SCI 545X-Ray Analytical Methods3
GEO SCI 614Advanced Structural Geology3
GEO SCI 635Volcanology3
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 409Process Geomorphology4
GEO SCI 443Glacial and Pleistocene Geology4
GEO SCI 463Physical Hydrogeology4
GEO SCI 464Chemical Hydrogeology4
GEO SCI 545X-Ray Analytical Methods3
GEO SCI 562Environmental Surface Hydrology3
GEO SCI 563Field Methods in Hydrogeology4