Geosciences B.A.

All students must meet the Degree and University Requirements.

All students must meet the Catamount Core Curriculum Requirements.

All students must meet the College Requirements.

Major Requirements

At least 30 credits in major courses, plus at least 15 credits in ancillary courses, including:

FOUNDATIONS. 10 credits.
GEOL 1400Environmental Geology4
or GEOL 1020 Topics In: LASP Writing
or GEOL 1025 Topics In: LASP Seminar
GEOG 1200Weather, Climate & Landscapes3
GEOL 1100Earth Through Time3
CORE COURSES. 16 credits.
At least 6 additional credits from the Core Courses Subfields lists at the 4000-level or higher in GEOL and/or the 3000-level or higher in GEOG, in any combination6-16
Up to 10 additional credits from the Core Courses Subfields lists at the 2000-level or 3000-level in GEOL and/or the 2000-level in GEOG, in any combination0-10
SUBFIELD REQUIREMENTS. Select at least 1 course/3 credits from each of the following subfields; a single course can be counted in more than one subfield.
Atmospheric and Climatological Processes. GEOG 2230, GEOG 2250, GEOG 2715, GEOG 3230, GEOG 3250, GEOG 3520, GEOL 2405, GEOL 3405
ELECTIVES. At least 4 credits.
At least 4 additional credits from the following:4
GEOL numbered 1040, or 2105 to 2990, or 3000 to 3990, or 4000 to 4990
GEOG numbered 2205 to 2715, GEOG 3230, GEOG 3250, or GEOG 3520
ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, CS, PHYS, or STAT numbered 2000 to 2989, or 3000 to 3989, or 4000 to 4989
ENVS numbered 2600 to 2699
NR numbered 2000 or above
ALE, CEE, or ENSC numbered 2000 to 2989, or 3000 to 3989, or 4000 to 4989
ANCILLARY REQUIREMENTS. At least 15 credits.
CALCULUS I. Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Fundamentals of Calculus I
Calculus I
STATISTICS OR CALCULUS II . Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Basic Statistical Methods 1 (recommended)
Fundamentals of Calculus II
Transitional Calculus
Calculus II
CHEMISTRY. Choose 1 of the following:3-4
Outline: General Chem w/lab
Outline: General Chem
General Chemistry 1
ANCILLARY ELECTIVES. In consultation with an advisor in Geosciences, chose at least 3 additional credits in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, CS, and/or PHYS. Teaching assistantships cannot be counted toward this requirement.3-8
With department permission, students may apply up to 3 total credits of internship credits, independent studies, teaching assistantships, undergraduate research, and honors to other, level-appropriate requirements in the major.
Students planning to pursue a graduate degree in Geosciences are encouraged to take an appropriate mixture of methods and theory courses at the advanced level, as well as undertake research. Please consult your advisor for recommendations on ancillary, core, and elective courses tailored to your particular graduate school objectives.


Students completing the B.A. in Geosciences may not also receive the B.S. in Geosciences.


Introductory and intermediate courses for various subject areas may be necessary to reach the courses at the 2000-level or above applicable to the major.

Other Information

In the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), only one course may overlap between a major and a minor or between two CAS majors.

Courses for the major and/or its pre/co-requisites that are cross-listed in the catalog or schedule of courses under another course prefix may be taken under that other prefix and still count for these requirements.

With the approval of the chair/director, courses that applied to the major in previous years but have since been deactivated may be applied to this year’s major requirements if they are reactivated.

For a Bachelor of Arts degree, no more than 45 credits in courses with the same departmental prefix may be used toward completion of the 120 credits required for graduation.

At least half of the credits used to complete major requirements must be taken at the University of Vermont.