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Earth Sciences

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Earth Sciences (120 Credits)

A student may be admitted to the Earth Sciences major upon making their intention known to the School of the Environment.

A student maintains eligibility for the major by completing each of the following courses with a C or better by the start of the third semester in the major: SOE 101 or 102, SOE 110 or BIOLOGY 106, and CHEM 101 or 105. The following courses must be completed with a C or better by the end of the fourth semester in the major: MATH 140, MATH 171, or STAT 212, and SOE 350. In addition, admitted students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.

A student who does not meet these minimum requirements for maintaining eligibility in the major may be released by the School of the Environment after two semesters of failing to meet minimums. A student may be eligible to re-enter into the same major when minimum requirements are met.
First Year
First TermCredits
CHEM 101[PSCI] or 105 [PSCI]4
MATH 106 or electives13
SOE 1001
SOE 101 or 1024
Second TermCredits
CHEM 102 or 106 4
MATH 108 or electives12
SOE 210 4
Second Year
First TermCredits
Humanities [HUM]3
PHYSICS 101 or 201, or ASTRONOM 135 or 1383 or 4
PHYSICS 111 or 211, if taking PHYSICS 101 or 2010 or 1
SOE 340 [M]4
SOE 350 4
Second TermCredits
MATH 140 [QUAN], MATH 171 [QUAN], or STAT 212 [QUAN]14
SOE 110 or BIOLOGY 1064
Earth Sciences or Professional Electives2,37 or 8
Complete Writing Portfolio
Third TermCredits
Summer Session: SOE 207 43
Third Year
First TermCredits
Earth Sciences or Professional Electives2,39
Foreign Language, if needed, or Electives53 - 4
Second TermCredits
COM 102 [COMM] or H D 205 [COMM]3 or 4
SOE 315 or 4613
Earth Sciences or Professional Electives2,36
Foreign Language, if needed50 or 4
Fourth Year
First TermCredits
Arts [ARTS]3
SOE 300 or BIOLOGY 3723 or 4
Earth Sciences or Professional Electives2,39
Second TermCredits
Equity and Justice [EQJS]3
SOE 312 [DIVR]3
SOE 474 [CAPS] [M] or 480 [CAPS]33
Earth Sciences or Professional Electives2,36
Exit Survey6

1MATH 106 and 108 are required courses. However, if students have tested into or taken MATH 140, 171, 172, STAT 212, or ALEKS with an 80% or better, MATH 106 and 108 will be waived. If waived, students may need to take additional credits to meet the University minimum requirement of 120 credits.
2Earth Sciences or Professional Electives: Students will complete six (6) courses of Earth Sciences electives, selected from the following list: SOE 303, 320, 356, 357, 405, 474, 475, 480, and Geology 490 (Co-op course with the University of Idaho). In addition, students will complete 22 credits of professional electives, 13 of which must be upper division. Professional Electives are courses selected by students in concert with their advisor and pertain to their major and/or to a specific sub-discipline of interest. Professional electives may also include courses from outside of their major as needed to complete a minor in another field of study. Course used to fulfill the [CAPS] requirement cannot be used to fulfill Earth Sciences or Professional Electives.
3The School of the Environment requires students to take three [M] courses. At least one writing in the major [M] course should come from the professional electives.
4SOE 207 is the approved Experiential Elective for Earth Science majors.
5Two years of high school foreign language or at least two semesters of college-level foreign language are required by the College of Arts and Sciences for graduation.
6Students must complete a School of the Environment exit survey, administered during the final semester.

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