B.S., Geoscience

Concentrations: Geology, Palentology, Geospatial Sciences and Geophysics

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 120 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:
CHEM F105XGeneral Chemistry I4
MATH F251XCalculus I4
B.S. Degree Requirements
Complete the B.S. degree requirements.
Program Requirements
GEOS F101XThe Dynamic Earth4
GEOS F112XThe History of Earth and Life4
GEOS F309Tectonics3
Concentrations
Select one from the following concentrations:62-73
Geology
Paleontology
Geospatial Sciences
Geophysics
Total Credits81-92

Concentrations

Geology

Program Requirements
CHEM F106XGeneral Chemistry II4
PHYS F103XCollege Physics I4
PHYS F104XCollege Physics II4
GEOS F213Mineralogy4
GEOS F214Petrology and Petrography4
GEOS F225Field and Computer Methods in Geology2
GEOS F304Geomorphology3
GEOS F314Structural Geology4
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
GEOS F322Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOS F351Field Geology 1,28
GEOS F430Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology3
STAT F200XElementary Probability and Statistics3
or STAT F300 Statistics
Complete 12 additional credits of upper-division GEOS courses or other upper-division courses approved by the undergraduate advisor12
including one O (oral-intensive) course from any department
Total Credits63
1

GEOS F351 is offered at UAF during the summer of odd-numbered years. Students may substitute a 6-credit field geology class at another institution. The geology and geophysics undergraduate advisor will assist students in placement in an approved field geology class.

2

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Paleontology

Program Requirements
CHEM F106XGeneral Chemistry II4
PHYS F103XCollege Physics I4
GEOS F213Mineralogy4
GEOS F214Petrology and Petrography4
GEOS F225Field and Computer Methods in Geology2
GEOS F314Structural Geology4
GEOS F322Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOS F351Field Geology 1,28
GEOS F430Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology3
STAT F200XElementary Probability and Statistics3
or STAT F300 Statistics
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
GEOS F317Paleontological Research and Laboratory Methods2
Select at least two from the following electives:5-7
Palynology and Paleopalynology
Mass Extinctions, Neocatastrophism and the History of Life
Vertebrate Paleontology
Undergraduate Research
Complete the requirements for a minor in biological sciences20
Total Credits71-73
1

GEOS F351 is offered at UAF during the summer of odd-numbered years. Students may substitute a 6-credit field geology class at another institution. The geology and geophysics undergraduate advisor will assist students in placement in an approved field geology class.

2

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Geospatial Sciences

Program Requirements
CHEM F106XGeneral Chemistry II4
PHYS F103XCollege Physics I4
PHYS F104XCollege Physics II4
GEOS F213Mineralogy4
GEOS F214Petrology and Petrography4
GEOS/GEOG F222Fundamentals of Geospatial Science3
GEOS F225Field and Computer Methods in Geology2
GEOS F304Geomorphology3
GEOS F314Structural Geology4
GEOS F322Stratigraphy and Sedimentation4
GEOS F351Field Geology 1,28
GEOS F430Statistics and Data Analysis in Geology3
STAT F200XElementary Probability and Statistics3
or STAT F300 Statistics
Electives
Remote sensing electives
Select at least two of the following:4-7
Photogeology
Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing
Undergraduate Research
Natural Resource Applications of Remote Sensing
GIS electives
Select at least two of the following: 6-7
Digital Cartography and Geo-Visualization
GIS Analysis
Applications of GPS and GIS in Geophysics
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Complete 9 additional credits of upper-division GEOS courses or other upper-division courses approved by the undergraduate advisor9
including one O (oral-intensive) course and one additional W (writing-intensive) course from any department
Total Credits69-73
1

GEOS F351 is offered at UAF during the summer of odd-numbered years. Students may substitute a 6-credit field geology class at another institution. The geology and geophysics undergraduate advisor will assist students in placement in an approved field geology class.

2

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.

Geophysics

Program Requirements
GEOS F262Rocks and Minerals3
GEOS F406Volcanology3
GEOS F419Solid Earth Geophysics3
GEOS F431Foundations of Geophysics4
GEOS F475Presentation Techniques in the Geosciences2
GEOS F477Ice in the Climate System3
GEOS F488Undergraduate Research 12
MATH F252XCalculus II4
MATH F253XCalculus III4
MATH F302Differential Equations3
MATH F314Linear Algebra3
PHYS F211X
and PHYS F212X
General Physics I
and General Physics II
8
PHYS F213XElementary Modern Physics4
PHYS F220Introduction to Computational Physics4
Select at least three of the following science and engineering electives:9-12
Mechanics of Materials
Fluid Mechanics
Structural Geology
Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
Geoscience Applications of Remote Sensing
Heat and Mass Transfer
Introduction to Mathematical Physics
Classical Physics I: Particle Mechanics
Additional upper-division GEOS credits or other upper-division courses as approved by the undergraduate advisor3
Complete one W (writing-intensive) course approved by the undergraduate advisor.
Total Credits62-65
1

Fulfills the baccalaureate capstone requirement.