Majors and Minors

Geosciences Majors

We offer four degree sub plans for Geosciences majors:

  1. Geology 
  2. Geophysics 
  3. Earth, Oceans and Climate (EOC)
  4. Gem Science (New Fall 2021)

The curriculum requirements for each sub-plan are based on a student’s academic catalog year. Students should review the curriculum requirements of the Catalog Year and Sub-plan for which they are currently declared. They can identify their catalog year and sub-plan on their UAccess Student Center “Academics” page, as well as on their Advisement Report (UAccess Advise drop-down menu). Contact your Academic Advisor if you are unsure of which curriculum to follow or if you want to change to a newer curriculum year.

Please see our current (2021-22) Geosciences Student Handbook;to learn more about the Geosciences major, sub plans, and important program information. Individual sub-plan Curriculum Guides and 2021-22 Sample Advisement Reports are also available for download below.

Current GEOS BS students should be aware of the following core course scheduling changes:

  • GEOS 308 Paleontology - Spring only offering as of Spring 2021
  • GEOS 304 Structural Geology - Spring only offering as of Spring 2021
  • GEOS 322 Intro to Geophysics - Fall only offering as of Fall 2021
  • Computer Ap - New Course as of Spring 2022! GEOS 285 GEOS Python course with Dr. Lofverstrom

2021-22 Curriculum Handbook


Program Fee

A $300 program fee is assessed for enrollment in the Geosciences undergraduate program per academic year. “Program Fees” are additional amounts charged to students in select degree programs within colleges, schools or departments, including honors colleges or programs, that have demonstrably higher costs of delivering instruction overall, or because of the need for or use of special equipment, technology, or key personnel expenses, or market conditions. This fee is applied to your Bursar’s account as a “TUI:UGrad Geosciences Prog Fee” of $150 each fall and spring semester. No program fees are assessed in Winter or Summer sessions.

Geosciences Minors

We offer Minors in Geosciences, as well as Marine Science. The curriculum requirements for each minor are provided below. Several departments advise for the Marine Science Minor. You may view a comprehensive list of Marine Science Minor Advisors and their contact information on the Advising Resource Center website: