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Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 requirements EASCIBS

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science provides training for those who want to become professional geologists and seek careers in the application of earth sciences to the minerals, energy, and environmental industries as well as federal and state agencies, research laboratories, and postsecondary education.


The major requires at least 39 credit hours (70 with the Addenda requirements), including the requirements listed below.
  1. Core Requirements.
    1. Earth Materials. One (1) course:
      • EAS-E 225 Earth Materials
    2. Earth Processes. One (1) course:
      • EAS-E 226 Earth Processes
    3. Earth Climate. One (1) course:
      • EAS-E 227 Earth Climate and History
    4. Data Analysis.
      • EAS-E 314 Data Analysis for Earth Science
    5. Field Experience. One (1) course:
      • EAS-X 429 Field Geology in the Rocky Mountains
      • EAS-X 479 Geology, Hydrology and Geochemistry in the Rocky Mountains
  2. Advanced Electives.
    1. 300-Level Electives. Three (3) courses:
      • EAS-A 332 Atmospheric Thermodynamics & Cloud Processes
      • EAS-A 339 Weather Analysis and Forecasting
      • EAS-A 347 Instrumentation for Atmospheric Science
      • EAS-A 364 Dynamic Meteorology 1
      • EAS-E 302 Development of the Global Environment
      • EAS-E 308 Paleontology and Geology of Indiana
      • EAS-E 316 Mineral Fuels and Materials
      • EAS-E 322 Introduction to Petrology
      • EAS-E 323 Structural Geology
      • EAS-E 330 Human Impacts on Earth Systems: Quantifying Impacts, Designing Solutions
      • EAS-E 334 Principles of Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
      • EAS-E 341 Natural History of Coral Reefs
      • EAS-E 351 Elements of Hydrology
      • EAS-E 390 Geoarchaeology
      • EAS-E 399 Reading for Honors
    2. 400-Level Electives. Four (4) courses:
      • EAS-A 434 Dynamic Meteorology 2
      • EAS-A 437 Advanced Synoptic Meteorology and Climatology
      • EAS-A 466 Hydrometeorology
      • EAS-E 406 Introduction to Geochemistry
      • EAS-E 411 Invertebrate Paleontology
      • EAS-E 412 Introduction to Vertebrate Paleontology
      • EAS-E 415 Principles of Geomorphology
      • EAS-E 416 Economic Geology
      • EAS-E 417 Optical Mineralogy
      • EAS-E 418 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
      • EAS-E 423 Methods in Applied Geophysics
      • EAS-E 424 Geographic Information Systems Applications in Geology
      • EAS-E 426 Field Techniques in Basin Analysis
      • EAS-E 430 Environmental and Energy Diplomacy
      • EAS-E 432 Virtual Geosciences Field Camp - Northern Rocky Mountains
      • EAS-E 435 Glacial and Quaternary Geology
      • EAS-E 444 Methods in Analytical Geochemistry
      • EAS-E 448 Sustainable Energy Systems
      • EAS-E 451 Principles of Hydrogeology
      • EAS-E 454 Fundamentals of Plate Tectonics
      • EAS-E 470 Micrometeorology
      • EAS-E 486 Aqueous Chemistry and Modeling
      • EAS-E 488 Paleoclimatology: A Geological Record of Earth's Climate History
      • EAS-E 490 Undergraduate Seminar
      • EAS-E 491 Physical Sedimentology
      • EAS-E 499 Honors Research in Geology
  3. Addenda Requirements*.
    1. Chemistry.
      1. Principle of Chemistry Lecture. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I
        • CHEM-H 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I, Honors
        • CHEM-J 117 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry for Science Majors
      2. Principle of Chemistry Lab. One (1) course:
        • CHEM-C 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory
        • CHEM-H 127 Principles of Chemistry and Biochemistry I Laboratory, Honors
        • CHEM-X 150 ASURE Chemistry Research Lab I
    2. Mathematics.
      1. Calculus I. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 211 Calculus I
        • MATH-S 211 Honors Calculus I
      2. Calculus II. One (1) course:
        • MATH-M 212 Calculus II
        • MATH-S 212 Honors Calculus II
    3. Physics. One (1) course:
      • PHYS-P 221 Physics I
      • PHYS-H 221 Honors Physics I
    4. Biology. One (1) course:
      • BIOL-L 111 Foundations of Biology: Diversity, Evolution, and Ecology
      • BIOL-L 112 Foundations of Biology: Biological Mechanisms
    5. Allied Mathematics and Sciences.
      1. Allied Mathematics and Sciences Advanced Electives. Two (2) courses:
        • One of the following:
          • BIOL-B 300 Vascular Plants
          • BIOL-Z 374 Invertebrate Zoology
        • One of the following:
          • CHEM-C 360 Introductory Physical Chemistry
          • CHEM-C 361 Physical Chemistry of Bulk Matter
        • One of the following:
          • MATH-M 311 Calculus III
          • MATH-M 343 Introduction to Differential Equations with Applications I
        • One of the following:
          • PHYS-P 331 Theory of Electricity and Magnetism I
          • PHYS-P 340 Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
      2. Allied Mathematics and Sciences Elective. One (1) course:
        • Additional course from Allied Mathematics and Sciences Advanced Electives list above
        • Additional EAS course at the 400–499 level (Note: This course will count toward the Major Hours and Major GPA requirements)
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.

Major Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course at the 100-499 level with the EAS subject area prefix--as well as any other subject areas that are deemed functionally equivalent
  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken--as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent--except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geological Sciences (GEOLBA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science (ATSCIBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Earth Science and Master of Science in Secondary Education (EAS-BSMSED)
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience (ENGEOSCBS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Geological Sciences (GEOLBS)
  • Certificate in Atmospheric Science (ATMSCIACRT)
  • Minor in Atmospheric Science (ATSCIMIN)
  • Minor in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences (EASMIN)
  • Minor in Geological Sciences (GEOLMIN)
  • [Discontinued credential name unavailable] (GEOLSASCON)

Exceptions to and substitutions for major requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.