B.A. in Earth Sciences - College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University

Introductory 2-course Sequence (8 credits):

                first course:           EAR 105 and 104 Dynamic Earth, or EAR 203 Earth Systems

                second course:     EAR 210 History of Earth Life

Cognate Sciences and Mathematics (7-8 credits):

                Chemistry (CHE) 106 and 107

Mathematics (MAT 193 or above)  

Introduction to Data Analysis (EAR 201) (2 credits)

New course, co-taught, half-semester in the spring

Divisions of Earth Science - Choose 4 courses spanning at least two of the following blocks, with appropriate prerequisites (12-16 credits):

Fundamentals of Geology

EAR 314 Mineralogy

EAR 317 Sedimentary Processes and Systems

EAR 333 Structural Geology

EAR 417 Geochemistry

Solid Earth

EAR 418 Petrology

EAR 435 Geophysics

EAR 403 Geomorphology

EAR 431 Plate Tectonics

Ancient Climates and Ecosystems

EAR 325 Paleobiology**

EAR 405 Global Change the Geologic Record

EAR 414 The Holocene: Climate and Environmental Change

EAR 415 Introduction to Climate Dynamics

Water Science

EAR 311 Environmental Geophysics

EAR 401 Hydrogeology

EAR 413 Physical Hydrology

EAR 419 Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry

All offered at least once in a 2-year cycle; ** Writing Intensive class for the Liberal Arts Core
Approved EAR or other relevant courses by petition may be used

Electives (6 credits):

Any lower or upper-division EAR or approved auxiliary science or math courses.


Total of 35-40 credits out of 120 needed to graduate; 12-22 upper-division credits of 12 needed for BA.

(current total BA 33-34 credits)

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