B.A., Earth Science

Concentrations: Earth Systems Science, Geological Hazards and Mitigation, Secondary Education

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120-130 credits

Students must earn a C- grade or better in each course.

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
As part of the general education requirements, complete:
NRM F303XEnvironmental Ethics and Actions3
Select one from the following:8
Basic General Chemistry
and Survey of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry II
College Physics I
and College Physics II
B.A. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.A. degree requirements.
Program Requirements
GEOS F101XThe Dynamic Earth4
or GEOS F120X Glaciers, Earthquakes and Volcanoes: Past, Present and Future
GEOS F112XThe History of Earth and Life4
or GEOS F106X Life in the Age of Dinosaurs
Concentrations
Select one from the following concentrations:31-49
Earth Systems Science
Geological Hazards and Mitigation
Secondary Education
Total Credits50-68

Concentrations

Earth Systems Science

GEOS F304Geomorphology3
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
GEOG F483Research Design, Writing and Presentation Methods 13
Select one course from each of the following areas:9-12
Earth Systems
Expedition Earth: Introduction to Geography
The Oceans
Natural Resources Conservation and Policy
Introduction to Astronomy
Earth Materials
Mineralogy
Rocks and Minerals
Geospatial Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Field and Computer Methods in Geology
and Photogeology
Select one course from any two of the following areas:6-7
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Weather and Climate
Natural Resources
Geography of Alaska
Ore Deposits and Structure
Geoscience
Tectonics
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Geobiology
Mass Extinctions, Neocatastrophism and the History of Life
Vertebrate Paleontology
9 additional credits at the F300 level or above 29
Total Credits34-38
1

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

2

These credits should have an emphasis in geology, geography, biology, natural resources management or other Earth science-related field as approved by the undergraduate advisor.

Geological Hazards and Mitigation

As part of the general education requirements, complete:
COMM F300XCommunicating Ethics3
SOC F100XIndividual, Society and Culture3
As part of the B.A. requirements, complete:
STAT F200XElementary Probability and Statistics3
Program Requirements
ED F486Media Literacy3
ENGL F314Technical Writing3
GEOG F483Research Design, Writing and Presentation Methods 13
GEOS F304Geomorphology3
GEOS F380Geological Hazards3
GEOS F406Volcanology3
HSEM F301Principles of Emergency Management and Homeland Security3
PHYS F175XIntroduction to Astronomy4
Select one course from each of the following areas:9-12
Earth Materials
Mineralogy
Rocks and Minerals
Geospatial Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Field and Computer Methods in Geology
and Photogeology
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Weather and Climate
Select two courses from one of the following specialized areas:6
Mitigation
Emergency Planning and Preparedness
Disaster Response Operations and Management
All-Hazards Risk Analysis
Communications
Organizational Communication
Conflict, Mediation and Communication
Persuasion
Total Credits49-52
1

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Secondary Education

As part of the general education requirements, complete:
GEOG F101XExpedition Earth: Introduction to Geography3
PSY F101XIntroduction to Psychology3
Program Requirements
GEOS F262Rocks and Minerals3
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
GEOS F475Presentation Techniques in the Geosciences2
GEOS F497Individual Study1
MSL F111XThe Oceans4
PHYS F175XIntroduction to Astronomy4
Select one course from each of the following areas:14-17
Landform Analysis
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
Geomorphology
Geospatial Sciences
Field and Computer Methods in Geology
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Weather and Climate
Weather and Climate of Alaska
Weather and Climate
Natural Resources
Geography of Alaska
Ore Deposits and Structure
Evolutionary Processes
Tectonics
Mass Extinctions, Neocatastrophism and the History of Life
Vertebrate Paleontology
Minor in secondary education16
Additional requirements in secondary education licensure program19
Total Credits72-75
1

 Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Note: We strongly recommend that prospective secondary science teachers seek advising from the UAF School of Education early in your undergraduate degree program, so that you can be appropriately advised of the state of Alaska requirements for teacher licensure.