Earth Science and Policy, B.S.

Program Code: EARSP_BS

Entrance to Major

In order to be eligible for entrance to this major, a student must:

  1. attain at least a C (2.00) cumulative grade-point average for all courses taken at the University; and
  2. have third-semester classification.

READ SENATE POLICY 37-30: ENTRANCE TO AND CHANGES IN MAJOR PROGRAMS OF STUDY

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science and Policy, a minimum of 120 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 0-2
Requirements for the Major 106-108

33 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
BIOL 110Biology: Basic Concepts and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course4
CHEM 110Chemical Principles I Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 111Experimental Chemistry I Keystone/General Education Course1
CHEM 112Chemical Principles II Keystone/General Education Course3
CHEM 113Experimental Chemistry II Keystone/General Education Course1
EARTH 400Earth Sciences Seminar3
EARTH 495Internship3
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
EMSC 100SEarth and Mineral Sciences First-Year Seminar Keystone/General Education Course 13
GEOG 126Economic Geography Keystone/General Education Course3
GEOG 364Spatial Analysis3
PHIL 118Environmental Philosophy Keystone/General Education Course3
PLSC 1American Politics: Principles, Processes and Powers Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
EARTH 402Modeling the Earth System3
EBF 472Quantitative Analysis in Earth Sciences3
GEOSC 450Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences3
Additional Courses
CAS 100Effective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202C Effective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course
CED 201Introductory Environmental and Resource Economics3
or EBF 200 Introduction to Energy and Earth Sciences Economics Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 30H Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
GEOSC 1Physical Geology3
or GEOSC 20 Planet Earth Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 111Techniques of Calculus II Keystone/General Education Course2-4
or MATH 141 Calculus with Analytic Geometry II Keystone/General Education Course
PHYS 211General Physics: Mechanics Keystone/General Education Course4
or PHYS 250 Introductory Physics I Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select one of the following:4
Technical Calculus Keystone/General Education Course
Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course
Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Select 8 credits of the following:8
Earth Materials
Chemical Processes in Geology
Physical Processes in Geology
Requirements for the Option
Select an option27

Requirements for the Option

All options must include one W course.

Water and Land Use Option (27 credits)
Additional Courses
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Water: Science and Society Keystone/General Education Course
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Basic Principles and Calculations in Environmental Analysis
Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Handling
Watershed Management
Geographic Information Systems
Geomorphology
Natural Disasters
Geomicrobiology
Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry
Hydrogeology
Environmental Geophysics
Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability
Environmental Geographic Information Systems
Select a total of 12 credits of the following:12
Select 3-6 credits of the following:
Natural Resource Economics
CED 431
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6-9 credits of the following:
Land Economics and Policy
Land Use Planning and Procedure
The Global Seminar
Human Use of Environment
Geography of Water Resources
Politics of the Environment
Property and the Global Environment
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Seminar in Environmental Policy
Climate Change Option (27 credits)
Additional Courses
Select 3 credits of the following:3
The Earth System and Global Change Keystone/General Education Course
Climates of the World Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course
Weather and Risk Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Introduction to Global Climatic Systems
GEOG 412
Geology of Climate Change
Introduction to Weather Analysis
Planetary Atmospheres
Select a total of 12 credits of the following:12
Select 3-6 credits of the following:
Natural Resource Economics
CED 431
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis Keystone/General Education Course
Select 6-9 credits of the following:
Development Issues in the Global Context
The Global Seminar
Energy and Modern Society
Human Use of Environment
Politics of the Environment
Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
Energy Option (27 credits)
Additional Courses
EBF 484Energy Economics3
or GEOG 424 Geography of the Global Economy
Select 3 credits of the following:3
Environment Earth Keystone/General Education Course
Energy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course
Energy Conservation for Environmental Protection Keystone/General Education Course
Select 9 credits of the following:9
Principles of Energy Engineering
Energy in a Changing World
Green Engineering & Environmental Compliance
Natural Resources: Origins, Economics and Environmental Impact
Geology of Oil and Gas
Environmental Geophysics
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Development Issues in the Global Context
The Global Seminar
Energy and Modern Society
Human Use of Environment
Politics of the Environment
Property and the Global Environment
Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course
General Option (27 credits)
Additional Courses
Select 3 credits of the following:3
The Earth System and Global Change Keystone/General Education Course
Environment Earth Keystone/General Education Course
Water: Science and Society Keystone/General Education Course
Energy and the Environment Keystone/General Education Course
Physical Geography: An Introduction Keystone/General Education Course
Environment and Society in a Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
Mapping Our Changing World Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Meteorology Keystone/General Education Course
Weather and Risk Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Soil Science Keystone/General Education Course
Select 12 credits of the following:12
Principles of Energy Engineering
Green Engineering & Environmental Compliance
Basic Principles and Calculations in Environmental Analysis
Remote Sensing and Spatial Data Handling
Watershed Management
Introduction to Global Climatic Systems
Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 412
Geology of Climate Change
Geomorphology
Natural Disasters
Geomicrobiology
Techniques in Environmental Geochemistry
Natural Resources: Origins, Economics and Environmental Impact
Hydrogeology
Geology of Oil and Gas
Environmental Geophysics
Planetary Atmospheres
Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability
Environmental Geographic Information Systems
Select a total of 12 credits of the following:12
Select 3-6 credits of the following:
Natural Resource Economics
CED 431
Energy Economics
Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis Keystone/General Education Course
Geography of the Global Economy
Select 6-9 credits of the following:
Development Issues in the Global Context
Land Economics and Policy
Land Use Planning and Procedure
The Global Seminar
Energy and Modern Society
Legal Aspects of Resource Management
Human Use of Environment
Geography of Water Resources
Politics of the Environment
Human Dimensions of Global Warming
Property and the Global Environment
The Legislative Process
International Political Economy
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Science, Technology, and Public Policy
American Constitutional Law
Policy Making and Evaluation
Climate Change, Energy, and Biodiversity Keystone/General Education Course

Program Learning Objectives

  1. To produce graduates who can analyze, understand, and utilize data and model results relevant to the Earth and environmental sciences.
  2. To produce graduates who can make decisions regarding environmental problems based on fundamental knowledge of the mathematics, science, geography, economics, and political science.
  3. To produce graduates who possess a broad understanding of the impact of Earth system processes and resources on humans and the impact of human activities on Earth systems.
  4. To produce graduates who can communicate the results of scientific inquiry through writing and speaking to an audience with diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Jacob Hoover
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
542 Deike Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-7791
undergrad@geosc.psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

General Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 1 or 203MATH 111, 141, or 141G4
CHEM 110 (GN)3Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 83, 110, 140, or 140G (GQ)*‡4CHEM 1123
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 1131
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PLSC 1 (GS)3
 ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
ECON 102 (GS)3GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
BIOL 110 (GN)4PHIL 118 (GH)3
GEOG 126 or 326 (GS)3CED 201 or EBF 2003
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CAS 100 or ENGL 202C‡†3Option elective3
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3General education-Knowledge domain3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising notes:

General Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 2 GN(3), EARTH 100 GN(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), GEOG 10 GN (3), GEOG 30N GN/GS(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), METEO 3 GN(3), METEO 4 GN(3), SOILS 101 GN(3)

Select 12 credits from: ERM 300(3), EGEE 302(3), EGEE 412(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 310(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 454(3),  GEOSC 483(3), METEO 466(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3)

Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), EBF 484(3), ECON 302 GS(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3)

6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), ERM 411(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 439(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), PLSC 403(3), PLSC 412(3), PLSC 426(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), PLSC 471(3), PLSC 490(3), STS 201(3).

Water and Land Use Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 1 or 203MATH 111, 141, or 141G4
CHEM 110 (GN)3Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 83, 110, 140, or 140G (GQ)*‡4CHEM 1123
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 1131
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PLSC 1 (GS)3
 ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
ECON 102 (GS)3GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
BIOL 110 (GN)4PHIL 118 (GH)3
GEOG 126 or 326 (GS)3CED 201 or EBF 2003
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CAS 100 or ENGL 202C‡†3Option elective3
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3General education-Knowledge domain3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising notes:

Water and Land Use Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 111 GN;US(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), SOILS 101 GN(3)
Select 12 credits from: ERM 300(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 483(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3)
Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), ECON 302 GS(3)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 439(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), PUBPL 481(3)

Climate Change Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 1 or 203MATH 111, 141, or 141G4
CHEM 110 (GN)3Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 83, 110, 140, or 140G (GQ)*‡4CHEM 1123
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 1131
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PLSC 1 (GS)3
 ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
ECON 102 (GS)3GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
BIOL 110 (GN)4PHIL 118 (GH)3
GEOG 126 or 326 (GS)3CED 201 or EBF 2003
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CAS 100 or ENGL 202C‡†3Option elective3
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3General education-Knowledge domain3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising notes:

Climate Change Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 2 GN(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), METEO 3 GN(3), METEO 4 GN(3)
Select 12 credits from: GEOG 310(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC/METEO 475(3), METEO 201(3), METEO 466(3)
Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), ECON 302(3)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), STS 201(3)

Energy Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at University Park Campus

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 1 or 203MATH 111, 141, or 141G4
CHEM 110 (GN)3Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 83, 110, 140, or 140G (GQ)*‡4CHEM 1123
CHEM 111 (GN)1CHEM 1131
EMSC 100S (GWS)‡†13PLSC 1 (GS)3
 ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
ECON 102 (GS)3GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
BIOL 110 (GN)4PHIL 118 (GH)3
GEOG 126 or 326 (GS)3CED 201 or EBF 2003
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 15.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CAS 100 or ENGL 202C‡†3Option elective3
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3General education-Knowledge domain3
 16 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and replace both ENGL 30H and CAS 100. Each course is 3 credits.

Advising notes:

Energy Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 100 GN(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3)
Select 9 credits from: EGEE 302(3), EGEE 401(3), EGEE 412(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 483(3)
Select 3 credits from: EBF 484(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3)
Select 12 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 439(3), PLSC/ STS 460(3), STS 201 GN(3)

General Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3MATH 111 or 1414
ECON 1023Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 110, 83, or 140 (GQ)*‡†4CHEM 1123
CHEM 110 (GN)3CHEM 1131
CHEM 1111PLSC 1 (GS)3
 General Education-Knowledge Domain3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4GEOSC 1 or 203
BIOL 110 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
GEOG 126 (GS)3PHIL 118 (GH)3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡13ENGL 202C‡†13
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CED 201 or EBF 2003Option elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising notes:

General Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 2 GN(3), EARTH 100 GN(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), GEOG 10 GN (3), GEOG 30N GN/GS(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), METEO 3 GN(3), METEO 4 GN(3), SOILS 101 GN(3)

Select 12 credits from: ERM 300(3), EGEE 302(3), EGEE 412(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 310(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 454(3),  GEOSC 483(3), METEO 466(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3)

Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), EBF 484(3), ECON 302 GS(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3)

6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), ERM 411(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438(3), GEOG 439(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), PLSC 403(3), PLSC 412(3), PLSC 426(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), PLSC 471(3), PLSC 490(3), STS 201(3)

Water and Land Use Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3MATH 111 or 1414
ECON 1023Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 110, 83, or 140 (GQ)*‡†4CHEM 1123
CHEM 110 (GN)3CHEM 1131
CHEM 1111PLSC 1 (GS)3
 General Education-Knowledge Domain3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4GEOSC 1 or 203
BIOL 110 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
GEOG 126 (GS)3PHIL 118 (GH)3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡13ENGL 202C‡†13
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CED 201 or EBF 2003Option elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising notes:

Water and Land Use Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 111 GN;US(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), SOILS 101 GN(3)

Select 12 credits from: ERM 300(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 483(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3)

Select a total of 12 credits from the following:

3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), ECON 302 GS(3)

6 to 9 credits from: CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 439(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), PUBPL 481(3)

Climate Change Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3MATH 111 or 1414
ECON 1023Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 110, 83, or 140 (GQ)*‡†4CHEM 1123
CHEM 110 (GN)3CHEM 1131
CHEM 1111PLSC 1 (GS)3
 General Education-Knowledge Domain3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4GEOSC 1 or 203
BIOL 110 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
GEOG 126 (GS)3PHIL 118 (GH)3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡13ENGL 202C‡†13
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CED 201 or EBF 2003Option elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising notes:

Climate Change Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 2 GN(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), METEO 3 GN(3), METEO 4 GN(3)

Select 12 credits from: GEOG 310(3), GEOG 412(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC/METEO 475(3), METEO 201(3), METEO 466(3)

Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431(3), ECON 302(3)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), PLSC/STS 460(3), STS 201(3)

Energy Option: Earth Science and Policy, B.S. at Commonwealth Campuses

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
ENGL 15, 30H, or ESL 15 (GWS)3MATH 111 or 1414
ECON 1023Elective (2 cr needed if schedule MATH 111)0
MATH 110, 83, or 140 (GQ)*‡†4CHEM 1123
CHEM 110 (GN)3CHEM 1131
CHEM 1111PLSC 1 (GS)3
 General Education-Knowledge Domain3
 14 14
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
PHYS 211 or 250 (GN)4GEOSC 1 or 203
BIOL 110 (GN)4STAT 200 (GQ)‡†4
GEOG 126 (GS)3PHIL 118 (GH)3
CAS 100, 100A, 100B, or 100C‡13ENGL 202C‡†13
General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5General Education- Health and Wellness (GHW)1.5
 15.5 14.5
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 402 (instead of EARTH 202)* 3EARTH 400 (take SUST 200 in place of EARTH 400)3
GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4GEOSC 201, 202, or 203* 4
GEOG 3643GEOSC 450* 3
Option elective3Option elective3
CED 201 or EBF 2003Option elective3
 16 16
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
EARTH 4953Option elective3
EBF 472* 3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
Option elective3Option elective3
General education-Knowledge domain3General Education-Knowledge domain3
 15 15
Total Credits 120

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising notes:

Energy Option electives (27 credits): Must include one writing across the curriculum course

Select 3 credits from: EARTH 100 GN(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3)
Select 9 credits from: EGEE 302(3), EGEE 401(3), EGEE 412(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 483(3)
Select 3 credits from: EBF 484(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3)
Select 12 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EMSC/STS/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 439(3), PLSC/ STS 460(3), STS 201 GN(3)

Career Paths

An Earth Science and Policy degree can prepare you to work within a diverse set of industries or for further graduate study in many Earth science or policy-related fields.

Careers

Earth Science and Policy graduates may find careers in local, state, or federal government; investigating the impact of new scientific findings on industry practices; conducting science advocacy for a variety of institutions; consulting on land and water use policies; investigating the application of environmental law; or educating the public on the science behind issues involving the Earth, the environment, and sustainability.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE EARTH SCIENCE AND POLICY PROGRAM

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

The Earth Science and Policy program can prepare graduates for many fields of graduate school, such as environmental science, the Earth sciences, or policy. Some may be inclined to pursue Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, or Environmental Law degrees.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OPPORTUNITIES FOR GRADUATE STUDIES

Professional Resources

Contact

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DEPARTMENT OF GEOSCIENCES
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University Park, PA 16802
814-865-6711
contact@geosc.psu.edu

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