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The Earth Science major is a broad program that typically emphasizes an interdisciplinary field. Programs leading to the bachelor of science may be individually designed but will include required courses in Geology and Meteorology, and required supporting work in chemistry, physics, and mathematics. Specific programs have been designed for students interested in a geology, meteorology, or an environmental earth science emphasis. Programs leading to the bachelor of arts for earth science teaching are available. The latter program must satisfy the requirements of the Teacher Education Program.

Communication Proficiency requirement: The LAS College requires a C or better in ENGL 250. The department requires a grade of C or better in ENGL 309, ENGL 314, ENGL 302 or JL MC 347.

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
Business Communication
Science 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 302 or 314 or JL MC 3473GEOL 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.

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.