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Bachelor of Arts in Earth Science


The Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science is designed for students who seek more advanced knowledge of Geology than the Minor in Geology, but who have other academic interests that complement their interest in Geology. The degree is particularly useful when coupled with a minor or BA from an additional field. The B.A. in Geology can be of particular benefit to students with an interest in Education, Anthropology, Environmental Law, Architecture, Leisure Studies, Business, Political Science, Geography, Journalism and other liberal arts or science fields. Other employment opportunities include work as naturalists in parks and museums. The program requires biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics. The Geology sequence includes courses in oceanography, minerals, rocks, fossils, and landforms, whereas that in geography includes courses in meteorology, climatology, soils, and conservation.  Download the Roadmap to the B.A. in Earth Science for the official reference to the degree program.

For additional information about our undergraduate program, please contact an undergraduate advisor in Geology.

General Requirements

  • At least 42 semester credits must be taken in upper division courses (30000-level and above). 
  • At least 36 semester credits must be taken in Kent CORE courses, and these should be completed during the first 64 credits of enrollment. 
  • At least 121 semester credits of approved coursework must be completed successfully.
  • GEOL 21062 Environmental Earth Sciences may be substituted for GEOL 21080 All About the Oceans with Departmental permission.
  • Does not requires completion of GEOL 41092, Summer Field Camp, although students are encouraged to attend.
  • A 2.00 cumulative grade-point average both overall and in the major, is necessary to graduate. 

Required Courses

Course Number
Course Title
Credits
 GEOL 11040
 How the Earth Works 3
 GEOL 11041
 How the Earth Works Lab 1
 GEOL 11042
 Earth and Life through Time 3
 GEOL 11043
 Earth and Life through Time Lab 1
 GEOL 21080
 All about the Oceans 3
 GEOL 23063
Earth Materials I
4
 GEOL 31070
 Earth Materials II 4
 GEOL 32066
 Geomorphology 4
 GEOL 34061
 Invertebrate Paleontology 4
   and 3 GEOL elective credits
3
 GEOG 31062
 Fundamentals of Meterolgy
3
 GEOG 31064
 Principles of Climatology
3
 GEOG 41073
 Conservation - Natural Resources 3
 GEOG 41082
 Geography of Soils 3
   and 3 upper division elective credits in Geology or Geography (GIS recommended)
3
 CHEM 10060
 General Chemistry I 4
 CHEM 10062
 General Chemistry I Lab 1
 MATH 11010
 Algebra for Calculus
3
 MATH 11022
 Trigonometry
2
 PHY 24001
 Astronomy 3
 BSCI 10110 or
 BSCI 30560
 Biological DIversity (4) or
 Invertebrate Zoology (4)
4
 PHY 13001 and PHY 13021 or
PHY 23101
 General College Physics I  and General College Physics Lab (5) or
 General  University Physics (5)
5

Total
67