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Earth Science - BA

Earth Science Undergraduate Bachelor of Arts

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Program Type

Bachelor's Degree

Program Description

The B.A. in Earth Science is similar to the B.S. degrees, but allows more flexibility in upper-division Earth Science courses and requires slightly fewer credits. As a B.A. student, you'll be required to take the same pre-major requirements in math, chemistry, physics and introductory Earth Science, and four core upper division courses on field methods (104A), Earth's climate (105), mineralogy (114), and data analysis (134). In addition, students take courses on optical mineralogy and analytical methods (115), sedimentation and stratigraphy (122), and choose 18 units of upper division Earth Science electives.

Students are generally encouraged to choose one of the B.S. emphases within the Earth Science major; however, the B.A. is an option for students who want more flexibility within the major or to design a degree that crosses over multiple emphases.

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Graduate and Professional Pathways

  • Academia

  • Environmental consulting

  • Government

  • Earth Science

  • Environmental Science

Top Employers

  • Consulting firms

  • Colleges and universities

  • United States Geological Survey and national labs

Program Highlights

  • Our program hosts the Muckers Coterie, an undergraduate club for Earth Science majors and minors

  • Every student in the department has a faculty advisor

  • There are opportunities for research and fieldwork

Related Disciplines

  • Geography

  • Environmental Science

  • Chemistry

  • Materials

  • Physics

Associated Interests

  • Earth

  • Chemistry

  • Tectonics

  • Physics

  • Climate change

  • Environment

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