Major in Earth Science for the Bachelor of Science Degree

The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science prepares students for graduate study, or a wide range of positions in Environmental Geoscience fields, including industry, consulting, or state/federal agencies. In addition to required and elective ESCI courses, additional courses in cognate fields (math and science) are required for completion of the degree program. All students are urged to plan their program with the help of ESCI faculty advising.

University Core Curriculum Requirements

General Education Distribution Area Cr. Hrs.
Fine Arts (FA)*
2 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: Art, CMT (Mass Media or Theatre), Music (includes Dance).
6
Humanities (HU)*
3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: CMT (Communication), English, Linguistics. Philosophy, Women's and Gender Studies, World Languages and Cultures, (Note: No more than two foreign language courses may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
9

Behavioral/Social Sciences (SB)*

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study: African & African American Studies, Anthropology, Computer Science, Economics, Geography & Environmental Studies, History, Justice Studies, Latino & Latin American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work

9

Natural Sciences (NS and NSL)**

3 courses, from at least two of the following areas of study; one course must have a laboratory component (NSL): Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physics (Note: If an FYE ANTH that counts as Natural Science is taken, only one Biology course may be used for Natural Science).

9

   
Engaged Learning Experiences  

Students must complete, at Northeastern, three courses designated as Engaged Learning Experiences courses. One of the Engaged Learning Experiences courses must be at the 300-level, and one Engaged Learning Experiences course must be designated as "Boundary Crossing".

 

Discipline Specific (ELE-DS)

These courses have pre-requisites that are specific courses within a program of study. Discipline Specific courses give students a deeper understanding of how knowledge is created and applied in their field.

 

Boundary Crossing (ELE-X)

These are courses that cross disciplinary boundaries and/or cross boundaries through engagements outside the classroom or University allowing students to see how knowledge gained in one field might inform other fields or other aspects of society.

 
   

Math/Quantitative Reasoning (MA)

1 Math course, that has intermediate Algebra as prerequisite OR is a course listed on the General Education Distributive Learning List of Approved Courses. Any 3 hour college level math course, beyond Intermediate Algebra, meets this requirement.

 
*

Majors in Fine Arts, Humanities or Social/Behavioral Sciences, may waive up to 6 credit hours of General Education requirements in the corresponding distribution area.

**

 Majors in Natural Sciences may waive up to 9 credit hours of General Education requirements in the Natural Sciences distribution area.

Students should also be aware of all other university requirements to obtain a degree - NEIU requirements


Major in Earth Science requirements (66-67 cr. hrs.)

Required Courses
ESCI-207Global Climate And Weather4
ESCI-211Physical Geology4
ESCI-306Writing Intensive Program: Rocks And Minerals4
ESCI-311Mineralogy4
ESCI-312Historical Geology4
ESCI-317Principles Of Sedimentation4
ESCI-331Geological Structures And Map Interpretation4
ESCI-390Field Geology5
Electives in Earth Science:
Choose from 300-level course offerings8
Required Courses in Related Fields:
CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
MATH-187Calculus I4
PHYS-203
PHYS-201
Physics I Laboratory
and College Physics I (with lab)
4
or PHYS-206L University Physics I With Lab
MATH-202Calculus II 14
or MATH-275 Applied And Computational Statistics
Select two of the following: 28-9
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Chemistry II 1
Writing Intensive Program: Quantitative Analysis
Organic Chemistry I
College Physics II
and Physics II Laboratory (with lab) 1
University Physics II With Lab
Modern Physics I
Total Hours66-67
1

 Students planning to pursue an advanced degree in geoscience should plan to incorporate these cognate courses.

2

Course substitutions may be allowed by prior arrangement with the undergraduate program advisor. Check program listings for course pre-requisites/ co-requisites.

This sample curricular map is provided to guide you in the planning of your progression for the Earth Science major.  This guide should not replace regular consultations with your Earth Science advisor. Please contact the Earth Science Department to develop your specific plan of study and for recommendations regarding your academic progress.  For questions, please contact Professor Ken Voglesonger at k-voglesonger@neiu.edu.

First Year
Term 1Hours
ESCI-211Physical Geology4
CHEM-211General Chemistry I5
ENGL-101Writing I3
 Term Hours12
Term 2
ESCI-306Writing Intensive Program: Rocks And Minerals4
MATH-187Calculus I4
ENGL-102Writing II3
Humanities Course3
 Term Hours14
Second Year
Term 1
ESCI-311Mineralogy4
CHEM-212General Chemistry II4
Fine Arts Course3
Social/Behavior Science Course3
 Term Hours14
Term 2
ESCI-312Historical Geology4
MATH-202 or 275Calculus II4
PHYS-201 or 206College Physics I3
PHYS-203Physics I Laboratory1
300 level Earth Science Elective4
 Term Hours16
Third Year
Term 1
ESCI-317Principles Of Sedimentation4
PHYS-202 or 207College Physics II3
PHYS-204Physics II Laboratory1
300 level Earth Science Course4
Social/Behavioral Science Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 2
ESCI-207Global Climate And Weather4
ESCI-331Geological Structures And Map Interpretation4
300-Level ESCI Elective4
Humanities Course3
 Term Hours15
Term 3
ESCI-390 (Taken during the Summer term of third year)Field Geology5
 Term Hours5
Fourth Year
Term 1
300-Level ESCI Elective4
Social/Behavioral Science Course3
Fine Arts Course3
Humanities Course3
 Term Hours13
Term 2
300-Level ESCI Elective4
Social/Behavioral Science Course3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Hours13
 Total Hours: 117