B.S. in Geoscience - Earth Systems Concentration

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
ESS 447Earth and Space Science Seminar1
MAT 115Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry3
or MAT 131 Precalculus
BIO 110General Biology (grade of C- or higher required)3
Earth and Space Science Electives
Select any two ESS courses at the 300 or 400 level6
Select other 200-400 level ESS electives to reach 120 credits
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

Accelerated B.S. in Geoscience - Earth Systems to M.S. in Geoscience Program

Any junior Geoscience-Earth Systems student with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher may substitute up to 9 graduate credits to satisfy the B.S. program.

Elective Courses9
Select from the courses below:
Geology of the Solar System
Electron Microscopy I
Advanced Oceanography
Remote Sensing
Geomorphology II
International Geology Field Studies
Advanced Hydrogeology
Intermediate Astronomy
History of Astronomy
Advanced Meteorology
Special Problems
Fundamentals of Soil
Independent Study
Geology of Northwestern National Parks
Geology of Southwestern National Parks

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; course offerings and availability are not guaranteed. Students should consult their academic advisor with any questions.

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
Semester OneCredits
ESS 101 Introduction to Geology 3
MAT 115
Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
or Introduction to Statistics I
WRT 120 Effective Writing I 3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav Course 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Semester Two
MAT 121
Introduction to Statistics I
or Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
BIO 110 General Biology 3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav 3
ESS 204
Historical Geology (W)
or Field Geology
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  
Year Two
Semester Three
ESS 201
Field Geology (W)
or Historical Geology
ESS 311 Introduction to Astronomy 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
Gen Ed Hum Course 3
Gen Ed “J” course 3
Semester Four
ESS 102
Humans and the Environment (I)
or The Origin of Life and the Universe
ESS 301 Environmental Geochemistry 3
ESS 302 Mineralogy 3
Gen Ed Hum Course 3
Elective Recommend CHE & CRL 104 3-4
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 330 Introduction to Oceanography 3
ESS 347 Earth & Space Science Seminar 1
ESS 370 Introduction to Meteorology 3
PHY 130 General Physics I 4
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
ESS 302 Mineralogy 3
Semester Six
ESS 331 Introduction to Paleontology (W) 3
ESS 343 Geomorphology 3
Gen Ed SPK Course 3
ESS 405 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3
ESS 420 Structural Geology 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 447 Earth and Space Science Seminar 1
ESS 450 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy 3
Gen Ed Art Course 3
Gen Ed Elective 9
Semester Eight
Elective: recommend GEO 324 3
ESS elective 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Elective: Recommend PHY 140 3-4
Elective 3
 Total Credits123-125