Geological Sciences Major Sample Specializations Course Lists

Students who choose the Earth and Environmental Sciences major are encouraged to build a specialization that suits their own interests by taking additional upper level courses in the Earth and Environmental Sciences department. They may elect to use additional relevant courses from other departments as well. Students should build their specialization in close consultation with their department advisor.

The following includes titles of a few example specializations that students may consider pursuing These are common examples, but other specializations and course sets may be considered in consultation with a major advisor.

Geology

EARTH 305        Earth's Surface and Sediments
EARTH 310        Geochemistry of the Solid Earth
EARTH 313        Geobiology
EARTH 315        Earth Materials
EARTH 351        Earth structure
EARTH 418/9     Paleontology
EARTH 420        Intro Earth Physics
EARTH 422        Principles geochemistry
EARTH 440        Field course geology
EARTH 442        Earth Surface Processes, soils
EARTH 467        Basin analysis, stratigraphy
EARTH 515        Tectonics oceans, continents

Environmental Geoscience

BIOLOGY 171       Intro Biology: ecology, evolution
CHEM 210 or 230  Struct. & reactivity or physical chemistry
EARTH 284         Environmental geology
EARTH 325         Environmental geochemistry
EARTH 341         Ecosystem science in the Rockies
EARTH 380         Mineral resources, economics, environment
EARTH 422         Principles geochemistry
EARTH 427         Environmental & technological applications of mineralogy
EARTH 442         Earth surface processes, soils
EARTH 452         Paleoceanography
EARTH 465         Biogeochemical cycles
EARTH 477         Hydrogeology

Energy and Mineral Resources

ECON 101            Principles economics I
EARTH 305         Earth's Surface and Sediments
EARTH 314         Global and Applied geophysics
EARTH 315        Earth Materials
EARTH 344         Sustainable & fossil energy
EARTH 351         Earth structure
EARTH 380         Mineral resources, economics, environment
EARTH 467         Basin analysis, stratigraphy
EARTH 483         Geophysics: seismology

Geophysics

MATH 216             Intro differential equations
PHYSICS 240/1     General Physics II
EARTH 310         Geochemistry of the Solid Earth
EARTH 314         Global and Applied geophysics
EARTH 321         Earth systems dynamics
EARTH 351         Earth structure
EARTH 409         Earth system modeling
EARTH 420         Intro earth physics
EARTH 426         Mineral physics
EARTH 468         Data analysis, model estimation
EARTH 486         Geodynamics
EARTH 500         Intro EARTH computer programming
EARTH 483         Geophysics: seismology
EARTH 515         Tectonics oceans, continents
EARTH 525         Tectonophysics

Geochemistry

EARTH 310         Geochemistry of the Solid Earth
EARTH 315         Earth Materials
EARTH 325         Environmental geochemistry
EARTH 422         Principles geochemistry
EARTH 427         Environmental & technological applications of mineralogy
EARTH 428         Mineral surface chemistry
EARTH 429         Computational mineralogy
EARTH 455         Determinative methods
EARTH 479         Marine geochemistry
EARTH 555         Kinetics geochem. processes
EARTH 580         Isotope geology

Paleontology and Geobiology

EARTH 305         Earth's Surface and Sediments
EARTH 313         Geobiology
EARTH 418/9      Paleontology
EARTH 431         Terrestrial biomes
EARTH 437         Evolution vertebrates
EARTH 438         Evolution primates
EARTH 439         Evolution mammals
EARTH 510         Paleobiology I
EARTH 511         Paleobiology II
EARTH 513         Microbial Biogeochemistry

Oceanography

EEB 380               Oceanography: marine ecology
EARTH 320         Earth systems evolution
EARTH 321         Earth systems dynamics
EARTH 409         Earth system modeling
EARTH 420         Intro Earth physics
EARTH 421         Principles physical oceanography
EARTH 422         Principles geochemistry
EARTH 449         Marine geology
EARTH 452         Paleoceanography
EARTH 479         Marine geochemistry