Undergraduate Earth Science

The structure and movements of our planet shape our existence, from the life-giving foundations of soil and water to the life-threatening occurrences of earthquakes and volcanoes. EAS is designed for students who are fascinated by the Earth and want to understand it. EAS students get hands-on field experience though both courses and research opportunities with Tech faculty.

Suggested schedule for Earth Science for catalog year 2016-2017

First Year

Second Year

Fall Semester:
GT 1000: EAS - Intro to Tech (1)
EAS 1600: Intro. To Env. Science (4)
MATH 1552: Integral Calculus1 (4)
CHEM 1211K: Chemical Principles I (4)
ENGL 1101: English Composition 1 (3)
Total Semester Hours = 16

Fall Semester:
CS 1371: Computing for Engineers (3)
MATH 2551: Multivariable Calculus (4)
PHYS 2121: Physics I (4)
HIST 2111 or equivalent (3)
APPH 1040 or 1050 (2)
Total Semester Hours = 16

Spring Semester:
EAS 2600: Earth Processes (4)
MATH 1553: Linear Algebra (2)
CHEM 1212K: Chemical Principles II (4)
ENGL 1102: English Composition 2 (3)
Free Electives (3)
Total Semester Hours = 16

Spring Semester:
EAS 2655: Quantitative Methods (3)
MATH 2552: Differential Equations (4)
PHYS 2122: Physics II (4)
Social Science Elective (3)
Total Semester Hours = 14

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fall Semester:
EAS Technical Elective (3)
EAS 3610: Intro to Geophysics (CE) (3)
EAS 3603: Earth System Thermo (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Free Electives (3)
Total Semester Hours = 15

Fall Semester:
EAS 4610: Earth System Modeling (3)
EAS Technical Elective (3)
EAS Core Elective with Lab (4)
Social Science Elective (3)
Free Electives (3)
Total Semester Hours = 16

Spring Semester:
EAS 4699: Undergraduate Research (TE) (3)
EAS Technical Elective (3)
Social Science Elective (3)
Free Electives (6)
Total Semester Hours = 15

Spring Semester:
EAS 4420: Environ. Field Methods (4)
EAS Technical Elective (3)
Humanities Elective (3)
Free Electives (4)
Total Semester Hours = 14

Total Hours = 122

1. Assumes AP credit for MATH 1551 Differential Calculus (2)

Core Electives(two of):

EAS 3610 Introduction to Geophysics; EAS 4220/21 Environmental Geochemistry and Lab; EAS 4655/56 Atmospheric Dynamics andPracticum; EAS 4740 Atmospheric Chemistry; EAS 4370 Physics of Planets; EAS 4305  Physical and Chemical Oceanography

Technical Electives(15 hours – typically 5 courses): any EAS course - core electives or those below:

EAS 4200 Structural Geology; EAS 4314 Seismology; EAS 4331 Physical Volcanology; EAS 4350 Paleoclim and Paleocean; EAS 4360 Space Physics and Instr.; EAS 4414 Geodynamics; EAS 4480 Env. Data Analysis; EAS 4602 Biogeochemical Cycles; EAS 4803 Exploration Geophysics; EAS 4699 Undergraduate Research