B.A., Earth Science

Admission to this program is currently suspended.

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

Minimum Requirements for Earth Science B.A.: 120-130 credits

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

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
General Education Requirements
Complete the general education requirements.
As part of the general education requirements, complete:
Complete one of the following:
Introduction to General Chemistry
and Introduction to 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.
As part of the B.A. degree requirements, complete:
Environmental Ethics and Actions
Earth Science Program Requirements
GEOS F101XThe Dynamic Earth4
GEOS F112XThe History of Earth and Life4
Concentrations
Complete one of the following concentrations:34-52
Earth Systems Science
Geological Hazards and Mitigation
Secondary Education

Concentrations

Earth Systems Science

GEOS F304Geomorphology3
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
GEOG F483Research Design, Writing and Presentation Methods 13
Complete 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
Change Detection in Arctic Systems
Complete one course from any three of the following areas:9-11
Climatic Impacts
Weather and Climate of Alaska
The Dynamic Alaska Coastline
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

Geological Hazards and Mitigation

As part of the general education requirements, complete:
Introduction to Sociology
As part of the B.A. requirements, complete:
Communicating Ethics
Elementary Statistics
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 F165XIntroduction to Astronomy4
Complete one course from each of the following areas:9-12
Earth Materials
Mineralogy
Rocks and Minerals
Geospatial Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Change Detection in Arctic Systems
Climatic Impacts
Weather and Climate of Alaska
The Dynamic Alaska Coastline
Complete 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

Secondary Education

As part of the general education requirements, complete:
Expedition Earth: Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Psychology
Program Requirements
ATM F101XWeather and Climate of Alaska4
GEOS F262Rocks and Minerals3
GEOS F315Paleobiology and Paleontology4
MSL F111XThe Oceans4
GEOG F483Research Design, Writing and Presentation Methods 13
PHYS F165XIntroduction to Astronomy4
Complete one course from each of the following areas:12-14
Landform Analysis
Earth and Environment: Elements of Physical Geography
Geomorphology
Geospatial Sciences
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Change Detection in Arctic Systems
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

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