B.S. in Geoscience - Concentration in Earth Systems

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement3
Public Speaking requirement3
Science requirements6
Behavioral & Social Science requirements6
Humanities requirements6
Arts requirement3
Diverse Communities requirement3
Interdisciplinary requirement3
Student Electives9
Writing Emphasis requirements 9
Major Core Courses
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
ESS 201Field Geology3
ESS 204Historical Geology3
ESS 301Environmental Geochemistry3
ESS 302Mineralogy3
ESS 331Introduction to Paleontology3
ESS 343Geomorphology3
ESS 405Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
ESS 420Structural Geology3
ESS 450Sedimentation & Stratigraphy3
CHE 103General Chemistry I3
CRL 103Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)1
PHY 130General Physics I4
or PHY 170 Physics I
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
Other Major Requirements
ESS/SCB/ENV 102Humans and the Environment3
or SCB 210 The Origin of Life and the Universe
ESS 311Introduction to Astronomy3
ESS 330Introduction to Oceanography3
ESS 347Earth & Space Science Seminar1
ESS 370Introduction to Meteorology3
MAT 115Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
or MAT 131 Precalculus
BIO 110General Biology (grade of C- or higher required)3
Geology and Astronomy Electives
Select any two ESS courses at the 300 or 400 level6
A grade of C- or better must be achieved for all required courses within the department including the required electives, as well as those in biology, chemistry, math, and physics.
Total Minimum Credits Required120

To track their individual degree progress, students are advised to access their Degree Progress Report (DPR) via myWCU regularly. For more information, visit wcupa.edu/DegreeProgressReport.

The following is a suggested course sequence for this program; courses offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 101Introduction to Geology3
MAT 115 or 121Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
WRT 120Effective Writing I3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav Course3
Gen Ed Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Two
MAT 121 or 115Introduction to Statistics I3
BIO 110General Biology3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav 3
ESS 204 or 201 (W)Historical Geology3
Select one of the following:3
Critical Writing: Approaches to Pop Culture 
Critical Writing: Investigating Experience 
Critical Writing: Multidisciplinary Imagination 
Critical Writing: Entering Public Sphere 
Critical Writing: Special Topics 
 Credits15
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 201 or 204 (W)Field Geology3
ESS 311Introduction to Astronomy3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I4
ESS 480Special Problems1
Gen Ed Hum Course3
Gen Ed “J” course 3
 Credits17
Semester Four
ESS 102 or SCB 210 (I)Humans and the Environment3
ESS 301Environmental Geochemistry3
ESS 302Mineralogy3
Gen Ed Hum Course3
Elective Recommend CHE & CRL 104 3-4
 Credits15-16
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 330Introduction to Oceanography3
ESS 347Earth Space Science Seminar1
ESS 370Introduction to Meteorology3
PHY 130General Physics I4
ESS 480Special Problems1
ESS 302Mineralogy3
 Credits15
Semester Six
ESS 331 (W)Introduction to Paleontology3
ESS 343Geomorphology3
Gen Ed SPK Course3
ESS 405Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
ESS 420Structural Geology3
 Credits15
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 447Earth and Space Science Seminar1
ESS 450Sedimentation Stratigraphy3
Gen Ed Art Course3
Gen Ed Elective 9
 Credits16
Semester Eight
Elective: recommend GEO 324 3
ESS elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Elective: Recommend PHY 140 3-4
Elective3
 Credits15-16