Earth Sciences BS

The Earth Sciences BS program is designed for students who intend to pursue professional careers in earth and planetary sciences, engineering, policy, law, teaching, business, or who otherwise desire the broad, quatitative training available at UCSC.  In addition to providing comprehensive preparation in the basic physical sciences, and particular breadth and depth in earth and planetary sciences, the curriculum is structured to prepare students for the competitive graduate school and career marketplace.

The core of the major includes calculus, physics, chemistry, and a group of comprehensive earth and planetary sciences courses.  For the standard BS, students select at least four additional elective courses from a diverse list of upper-division electives, with at least two that involve significant laboratory or field data acquisition and analysis.  These electives, often in the combination with additional upper-division courses from this and related departments, provide the student with expertise in one or more subdisciplines within earth sciences.

Elective distributions can be designed to emphasize earthquake and faulting studies, earth surface processes, earth system sciences, geologic hazards, geology, crustal and deep-earth geophysics, marine geophysics, and water resources.  Three formal concentrations, all with specific course requirements and leading to an Earth and Planetary Sciences BS degree, are available: environmental geology, ocean sciences, and planetary sciences.  A senior comprehensive experience is required of all Earth Sciences majors.

Follow these steps to complete your Earth Sciences BS degree:
1.  Getting started in the major
2.  Qualify for your major
3.  Declare your major
4.  Make an academic plan
5.  Review your academic plan with a faculty advisor
6.  Complete your major requirements
7.  Satisfy your Disciplinary Communication requirement
8.  Satisfy your Senior Exit requirement
9.  Graduate
Optional: Participate in undergraduate research and/or write a senior thesis
Optional: Receive honors in the major