Requirements

Earth and Oceanographic Science (EOS) Major

The major consists of ten courses.

Required Courses
Select one of the following:1
EOS 1105
Investigating Earth
EOS 1305
Environmental Geology and Hydrology
EOS 1505
Oceanography
EOS 2005Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change1
Select one of the following:1
BIOL 1102
Biological Principles II
BIOL 1109
Scientific Reasoning in Biology
CHEM 1092
Introductory Chemistry and Quantitative Reasoning II
CHEM 1102
Introductory Chemistry II
CHEM 1109
General Chemistry
CSCI 1101
Introduction to Computer Science
MATH 1300
Biostatistics
MATH 1400
Statistics in the Sciences
MATH 1800
Multivariate Calculus
MATH 1808
Biomathematics
2000 Level Math course
PHYS 1140
Introductory Physics II
Select one Solid Earth course with a laboratory:1
EOS 2115
Volcanology
EOS 2125
Field Studies in Structural Geology
EOS 2145
The Plate Tectonics Revolution
EOS 2155
Geomechanics and Numerical Modeling
EOS 2165
Mountains to Trenches: Petrology and Process
Select one Earth Surface Processes course with a laboratory:1
EOS 2335
Sedimentary Systems
EOS 2345
Geomorphology: Form and Process at the Earth's Surface
EOS 2365
Coastal Processes and Environments
Select one Oceans course with a laboratory:1
EOS 2525
Marine Biogeochemistry
EOS 2565
Coastal Oceanography
EOS 2585
Ocean and Climate
Select one research experience course:1
EOS 3115
Research in Mineral Science
EOS 3515
Research in Oceanography: Topics in Paleoceanography
EOS 3525
Research Experience in Oceanography: Topics in Coastal Ocean Dynamics and Ecosystems
Select one senior seminar:1
EOS 3020
Earth Climate History
EOS 3140
Tectonics and Climate
Select two EOS electives at the intermediate (2000–2969) or advanced (3000–3999) level a2

Earth and Oceanographic Science Minor

The minor consists of five courses.

Required Courses
EOS 2005Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change1
Select four additional courses meeting the following criteria:4
no more than one introductory course numbered 1100–1999
at least two courses must be lab courses; and
at least three courses must be at the 2000 level or above.

Additional Information and Department Policy

  • First-year seminars do not count toward the major or minor requirements.
  • Only one course numbered 1100–1999 in earth and oceanographic science may be counted toward the major requirements.
  • Students may opt to begin the major with EOS 2005 Biogeochemistry: An Analysis of Global Change having previously taken BIOL 1102 Biological Principles II or BIOL 1109 Scientific Reasoning in Biology, or CHEM 1092 Introductory Chemistry and Quantitative Reasoning II, CHEM 1102 Introductory Chemistry II, or CHEM 1109 General Chemistry. Such students may substitute an intermediate EOS laboratory course (2000–2969) or research experience course (EOS 3115 Research in Mineral Science, or EOS 3515 Research in Oceanography: Topics in Paleoceanography for introductory EOS (1100–1999).
  • Independent studies do not count toward the major or minor requirements.
  • All courses counted toward the major or minor must be completed with a C- or better.
  • Courses taken to fulfill major or minor requirements must be taken for regular letter grades (not Credit/D/Fail).
  • Normally, one course taken at another college or university may be counted toward the earth and oceanographic science major requirements with departmental approval.
  • Courses taken at other institutions or study away programs may not be counted toward the EOS minor.

Postgraduate Study

Students planning postgraduate study in earth and oceanographic science should note that they might present a stronger application if they take additional courses in the department and in the contributing sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. It is strongly advised that students consult with faculty on the design of their major and discuss the options of research projects through independent studies, fellowship-funded summer research, and honors projects.

Interdisciplinary Majors

The department does not explicitly participate in formal interdisciplinary programs. However, the Departments of Earth and Oceanographic Science and Physics have identified major and minor pathways for students interested in majoring in earth and oceanographic science with an interest in physics (earth and oceanographic science major/physics minor), and students interested in majoring in physics with an earth and oceanographic science application (physics major/earth and oceanographic science minor). Students interested in an earth and oceanographic science major/physics minor with an interest in the solid earth discipline would be best served by selecting their optional physics courses from:

Solid Earth Discipline
PHYS 2130Electric Fields and Circuits1
PHYS 2150Statistical Physics1
PHYS 2230Modern Electronics1
PHYS 2250Physics of Solids1
PHYS 2510Astrophysics1
PHYS 3000Methods of Theoretical Physics1
PHYS 3010Methods of Experimental Physics1
PHYS 3020Methods of Computational Physics1

Students interested in an earth and oceanographic science major/physics minor with an interest in the surface earth discipline would be best served by selecting their optional physics courses from:

Surface Earth Discipline
PHYS 2130Electric Fields and Circuits1
PHYS 2220Engineering Physics1
PHYS 2230Modern Electronics1
PHYS 2810Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics1
PHYS 3010Methods of Experimental Physics1
PHYS 3020Methods of Computational Physics1

Students interested in an earth and oceanographic science major/physics minor with an interest in the oceanography discipline would be best served by selecting their optional physics courses from:

Oceanography
PHYS 2130Electric Fields and Circuits1
PHYS 2150Statistical Physics1
PHYS 2230Modern Electronics1
PHYS 2240Acoustics1
PHYS 2810Atmospheric and Ocean Dynamics1
PHYS 3000Methods of Theoretical Physics1
PHYS 3010Methods of Experimental Physics1
PHYS 3020Methods of Computational Physics1
PHYS 3120Advanced Mechanics1
PHYS 3130Electromagnetism1

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