Earth Sciences, B.S. - College of Arts & Sciences at Syracuse University

Updated: Feb. 2022

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 (22-24 credits):

                Calculus I (MAT 285 or 295)              Calculus II (MAT 286 or 296)

                Chemistry (CHE) 106 and 107           Chemistry (CHE) 116 and 117

                Physics (PHY) 211 and 221                Physics (PHY) 212 and 222

Introduction to skills set (4 credits):

EAR 201 Introduction to Data Analysis (2 credits)

EAR 204 Introduction to Field Methods (2 credits)

New courses, co-taught, half-semester each, offered back-to-back in the spring through Maymester


Geology Core  (15 credits)

EAR 314 Mineralogy                           

EAR 317 Sedimentary Processes and Systems

EAR 333 Structural Geology 

        EAR 417 Geochemistry

Divisions of Earth Science - Choose one from each block  (12-15 credits):

Solid Earth

EAR 418 Petrology

EAR 435 Geophysics

EAR 431 Plate Tectonics

EAR 403 Geomorphology

Water Science

EAR 401 Hydrogeology

EAR 413 Physical Hydrology

EAR 419 Environmental Aqueous Geochemistry

EAR 311 Environmental Geophysics

Ancient Climates and Ecosystems

EAR 325 Paleobiology**

EAR 405 Global Change: Geologic Record

EAR 4xx Environmental Reconstruction

EAR 415 Introduction to Climate Dynamics

Quantitative Skills

EAR 410 GIS in the Earth Sciences

EAR 402 Numerical Methods

EAR 4xx Statistics in Earth and Environmental Science

EAR 422 Applications of Electron Probe Microanalysis

All offered at least once in a 2-year cycle; ** Writing Intensive class for the Liberal Arts Core
Approved EAR, computer science, mathematics, statistics, or other class may be substituted by petition

Field Experience (4-6 credits):

                EAR 470 (transfer credit; a list of approved field programs will be provided)


Department Colloquium (1 credit)

                EAR 483, taken in junior or senior year


Electives (3 credits):

Any lower or upper-division EAR or approved auxiliary science or math course(s)

Total of 69-76 credits out of 120 needed to graduate of which 32-40 satisfy upper-division credits of 30 need for BS
(current total BS is 72-74 credits)

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