B.S. in Geoscience - Geology Concentration

College of the Sciences and Mathematics
General Education Requirements
English Composition requirements6
Mathematics requirement 3
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 Requirements
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 143Brief Calculus3
or MAT 161 Calculus I
MAT 121Introduction to Statistics I3
Other Major Requirements
ESS 347Earth & Space Science Seminar1
ESS 439Hydrogeology3
ESS 447Earth and Space Science Seminar1
ESS/SCB/ENV 102Humans and the Environment3
Select one of the following:3
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
Intro Business GIS
Introduction to Computer Programming
Earth and Space Science Electives
Select any three ESS courses at the 300 or 400 level9
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 - Concentration in Geology to M.S. in Geoscience Program

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

Elective Courses9
Choose from the following:
Geology of the Solar System
Electron Microscopy I
Advanced Oceanography
Remote Sensing
Geomorphology II
International Geology Field Studies
Advanced Hydrogeology
Sedimentation & Stratigraphy
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 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Semester Two
MAT 121
Introduction to Statistics I
or Algebra, Functions, and Trigonometry
ESS 204 Historical Geology (or 201 Gen Ed “W” course ) 3
Gen Ed Soc/Behav 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Select one of the following: 3
Critical Writing and Research  
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 (or 204 Gen Ed “W” course ) 3
ESS Elective: recommend GEO 324 3
CHE 103
CRL 103
General Chemistry I
and Experimental General Chemistry I (LAB)
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
Gen Ed Hum 3
Gen Ed “J” course 3
Semester Four
ESS 102 Humans and the Environment ("I" course) 3
ESS 301 Environmental Geochemistry 3
MAT 143
Brief Calculus
or Calculus I
ESS 331 Introduction to Paleontology (Gen Ed "W" course) 3
Elective Recommend CHE & CRL 104 3-4
Year Three
Semester Five
ESS 302 Mineralogy 3
ESS 347 Earth & Space Science Seminar 1
PHY 130
General Physics I
or Physics I
ESS 480 Special Problems 1
Gen Ed Hum 3
Elective 3
Select from the following: 3
Intro to Geographic Information Systems
or Intro Business GIS
Introduction to Computer Programming  
Semester Six
ESS 343 Geomorphology 3
ESS 439 Hydrogeology 3
ESS 405 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3
ESS 420 Structural Geology 3
Gen Ed SPK 3
Year Four
Semester Seven
ESS 450 Sedimentation & Stratigraphy 3
ESS 447 Earth and Space Science Seminar 1
Gen Ed Art 3
Gen Ed Elective 6
ESS Elective 3
Semester Eight
ESS elective 3
Elective: Recommend PHY 140 3-4
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Total Credits126-129