Bachelor of Science – Comprehensive Major in Physical Sciences

A student must complete the core requirements, an option, and the Essential Studies requirements. Students seeking to enter graduate school are advised to take advanced coursework in the discipline, plus additional mathematics. Students should consult their advisor.

Some courses require successful completion of Prerequisite courses prior to enrollment, as articulated in the catalog course descriptions. Successful completion means earning a “C” or better in the Prerequisite course(s).

Essential Studies
Core Requirements
CHEM 131
131L
COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I
and COLLEGE CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 132
132L
COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II
and COLLEGE CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM/GEOS 310CAPSTONE I: RESEARCH SEMINAR1
CHEM/GEOS 401CAPSTONE II: SENIOR RESEARCH1
CHEM/GEOS 410CAPSTONE III: SENIOR RESEARCH/THESIS1
MATH 232APPLIED STATISTICS3
Select one of the following options:40-45
Total Credits54-59

Chemistry Option

Core Requirements14
CHEM 333
333L
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY
4
CHEM 334
334L
ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II
and ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY
4
CHEM 335
335L
BIOCHEMISTRY
and BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY
4
CHEM 341
341L
QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS
and QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS LABORATORY
4
Science or Math elective (BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS, MATH)14
Upper division Science or Math electives (BIOL, CHEM, GEOS, PHYS, MATH)10
Total Credits54

Students should consult with their academic advisor in Chemistry in choosing elective courses specializing in Sciences and Mathematics.

Environmental Geoscience Option

Core Requirements14
MATH 135PRE-CALCULUS MATHEMATICS3
PHYS 151
151L
COLLEGE PHYSICS I
and COLLEGE PHYSICS I LABORATORY
4
PHYS 152
152L
COLLEGE PHYSICS II
and COLLEGE PHYS II LABORATORY
4
GEOS 231
231L
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
and PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY
4
GEOS 234
234L
EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY
and EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY LABORATORY
4
GEOS 431GEOLOGY OF WATER RESOURCES3
GEOS 246GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP I2
GEOS 346GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP II2
GEOS 446GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP III,GEOLOLGY FIELD CAMP III2
BIOL 337ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT3
GEOS 390INTERNSHIP IN GEOSCIENCE2
Choose one of the following3-4
RANGELAND HYDROLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY
and ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY LABORATORY
Choose two of the following6
GENERAL ECOLOGY
and GENERAL ECOLOGY LABORATORY
PRINCIPLES OF RANGELAND AND FORAGE MANAGEMENT
PRINCIPLES OF SOIL SCIENCE
and PRIN OF SOIL SCIENCE LABORATORY
ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS
Total Credits56-57

Geoscience Option

Students pursuing this option must complete MATH 151 CALCULUS I as their Essential Studies Math requirement.

Core Requirements14
MATH 252CALCULUS II5
Select one of the following:4-5
COLLEGE PHYSICS I
and COLLEGE PHYSICS I LABORATORY
UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I
and UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I LABORATORY
Select one of the following:4-5
COLLEGE PHYSICS II
and COLLEGE PHYS II LABORATORY
UNIVERSITY PHYSICS II
and UNIVERSITY PHYS II LABORATORY
GEOS 231
231L
PHYSICAL GEOLOGY
and PHYSICAL GEOLOGY LABORATORY
4
GEOS 234
234L
EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY
and EARTH SYSTEM HISTORY LABORATORY
4
GEOS 338ROCKS AND MINERALS3
GEOS 431GEOLOGY OF WATER RESOURCES3
GEOS 432STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY3
GEOS 439
439L
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
and SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY LABORATORY
4
GEOS 246GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP I2
GEOS 346GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP II2
GEOS 446GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP III,GEOLOLGY FIELD CAMP III2
Upper division GEOS elective3
Total Credits57-59