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The Earth Science major is a program leading to the bachelor of arts or bachelor of science.

The bachelor of arts emphasizes an interdisciplinary field and prepares the student primarily for a career in secondary education. Apart from the required and supporting coursework listed below, the B.A. program must satisfy the requirements of the Teacher Education Program.

Required courses for the B.A. include:

GEOL 100The Earth3
GEOL 100LThe Earth: Laboratory1
GEOL 102History of the Earth3
GEOL 102LHistory of the Earth: Laboratory1
GEOL 302Summer Field Studies6
GEOL 315Mineralogy and Earth Materials3
GEOL 315LLaboratory in Mineralogy and Earth Materials1
GEOL 316Optical Mineralogy2
GEOL 356Structural Geology and Tectonics4
GEOL 365Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology3
GEOL 368Sedimentary Geology4
MTEOR 206Introduction to Weather and Climate3
ASTRO 120The Sky and the Solar System3
ASTRO 150Stars, Galaxies, and Cosmology (And 3 credits of geology electives)3
And 3 credits of geology electives3
Total Credits43

Required supporting courses include:

CHEM 177General Chemistry I4
CHEM 177LLaboratory in General Chemistry I1
CHEM 178General Chemistry II3
CHEM 178LLaboratory in College Chemistry II1
PHYS 111General Physics5
PHYS 112General Physics5
One of the following3-4
Calculus for Business and Social Sciences
Survey of Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus and Mathematical Modeling for the Life Sciences I
One of the following3-4
Applied Computer Programming
Principles of Statistics
Introduction to Statistics
And one course in Biology, Botany, or Zoology3
Total Credits28-30

Communication Proficiency requirement: According to the university-wide Communication Proficiency Grade Requirement, students must demonstrate their communication proficiency by earning a grade of C or better in ENGL 250. The department requires a grade of C or better in ENGL 309 or ENGL 314.

ENGL 150Critical Thinking and Communication3
ENGL 250Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition3
or ENGL 250H Written, Oral, Visual, and Electronic Composition: Honors
One of the following:3
Proposal and Report Writing
Technical Communication
Total Credits9

Earth Science, B.A.

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ENGL 1503GEOL 1023World Language if needed8
LIB 1601GEOL 102L1 
GEOL 1003CHEM 1783 
GEOL 100L1CHEM 178L1 
CHEM 1774ASTRO 1203 
CHEM 177L1MTEOR 2063 
MATH 151 or 160 or 165 or 1813-4HIST 222 or POL S 2153 
 C I 2191 
 16-17 18 8
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 2503GEOL 3653 
GEOL 3153GEOL 3564 
GEOL 315L1PHYS 1125 
GEOL 3162C I 2023 
PHYS 1115PSYCH 230 or HD FS 1023 
ASTRO 1503C I 280M2 
C I 2043**Apply to Teacher Education Program 1st week**  
**Take PRAXIS-I by October 15**   
 20 20
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
GEOL 3684ENGL 309 or 3143GEOL 3026
C I 3333COMST 102 or SP CM 212 or SP CM 313 or THTHR 3583 
Humanities Choice13C I 4193 
C I 3473C I 468K2 
C I 4183Humanities Choice3 
C I 468J2COM S 107 or STAT 101 or STAT 1043 
 18 17 6
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
C I 4063C I 417J14 
Humanities Choice3  
Geology Choice3  
Social Science/Humanities Choice13  
SP ED 4013  
Biology Choice23  
**Apply to Student Teach.**   
 18 14

Students in all ISU majors must complete a three-credit course in U.S. diversity and a three-credit course in international perspectives. Check (http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/courses/div-ip-guide.html) for a list of approved courses.

LAS majors require a minimum of 120 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at the 300/400 level in addition to the LAS world language and cultures requirement. At least 8 credits in the major from 300+ courses must earn grade C or better. The average grade of all courses in the major must be 2.0 or higher.

1

Choice depends on whether American History (humanities) or American Government (Social Science) was chosen earlier.

2

Choose from list of approved courses available from an adviser.

Earth Science, B.S.

Freshman
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 1503GEOL 1023 
GEOL 1003GEOL 102L1 
GEOL 100L1CHEM 1783 
CHEM 1774CHEM 178L1 
CHEM 177L1MATH 166 or 1824 
MATH 165 or 1814Arts-and-Humanities Choice3 
LIB 1601  
 17 15
Sophomore
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
ENGL 2503GEOL 3653 
GEOL 3153Arts-and-Humanities Choice3 
GEOL 315L1PHYS 1125 
GEOL 3162STAT 101 or 1043-4 
PHYS 1115MTEOR 2063 
COM S 1073  
 17 17-18
Junior
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
GEOL 4793GEOL 3564GEOL 3026
GEOL 3684Foreign Language3-4 
Agron/Astronomy/EnSci Choice13Agron/Astronomy/EnSci Choice13 
Foreign Language3-4Social-Science Choice3 
 13-14 13-14 6
Senior
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
Agron/Astronomy/EnSci Choice12Electives9 
Arts-and-Humanities Choice3Arts-and-Humanities Choice3 
Social Science Choice3Social-Science Choice3 
ENGL 309 or 302 or 314 or JL MC 3473  
Elective3-4  
 14-15 15

Students in all ISU majors must complete a three-credit course in U.S. diversity and a three-credit course in international perspectives. Check (http://www.registrar.iastate.edu/courses/div-ip-guide.html) for a list of approved courses.

LAS majors require a minimum of 120 credits, including a minimum of 45 credits at the 300/400 level. At least 8 credits in the major from 300+ courses must earn grade C or better. The average grade of all courses in the major must be 2.0 or higher. You must also complete the LAS foreign language requirement.

1

Choose from list of approved courses available from an adviser or departmental office.