Earth Science - B.A.

College of Arts and Sciences
Department of Geology
221 McGilvrey Hall
Kent Campus
330-672-2680
geology@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/geology


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Earth Science is ideal for students interested in an interdisciplinary basic science leading to potential careers in allied environmental, ecological or earth system fields. The program requires a minimum of 21 credit hours of biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics; and 30 credit hours of geology, including courses in oceanography, minerals, rocks, fossils and landforms. A geography sequence is also required. A capstone field course is not required; however, most geology courses have extensive (one-to-three-day) excursions that allow students to obtain valuable field experience.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Understand and communicate to others: a. the nature of scientific investigation and evidence, b. the complex interrelationships of the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and the lithosphere through geologic time.
  2. Understand Earth materials and interpret geologic and environmental processes.
  3. Synthesize geologic information to understand and solve geologic and environmental problems.
  4. Students will demonstrate critical thinking skills and be able to work as a geologist in the field and in the laboratory.
 
 

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AS-BA-ESCI]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
BSCI 10110BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB) 4
or BSCI 30560 INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
CHEM 10060GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOG 31062FUNDAMENTALS OF METEOROLOGY 3
GEOG 31064PRINCIPLES OF CLIMATOLOGY 3
GEOG 41073CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES 3
GEOG 41082GEOGRAPHY OF SOILS 3
GEOL 11040HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 11042EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 21080ALL ABOUT THE OCEANS (KBS) 3
GEOL 23063EARTH MATERIALS I 4
GEOL 31070EARTH MATERIALS II 4
GEOL 32066GEOMORPHOLOGY 4
GEOL 34061INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY (WIC) 14
Geology Upper-Division Electives (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level)3
Geography Upper-Division Electives (GEOG 30000 or 40000 level) or Geology Upper-Division Electives (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level)3
MATH 11010ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
MATH 11022TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
PHY 13001
PHY 13021
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB)
5
or PHY 23101 GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB)
Additional Program Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language (see Foreign Language College Requirement below)14-16
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (minimum one course from each)9
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciplines)6
College General Requirement (must be from Kent Core Social Sciences) 23
General Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 42 upper-division credit hours)16
Minimum Total Credit Hours:120
1

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

2

One additional course taken from the Kent Core Social Sciences courses in the following Arts and Sciences disciplines: Anthropology (ANTH), Applied Conflict Management (CACM), Geography (GEOG), Criminology and Justice Studies (CRIM), Political Science (POL), Psychology (PSYC) or Sociology (SOC).

The course may not be from the student's major.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.000 2.000

Foreign Language College Requirement

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 14-16 credit hours of foreign language.1

To complete the requirement, students have the equivalent of Elementary I and II in any language, plus one of the following options:

  1. Intermediate I and II of the same language 2
  2. Elementary I and II of a second language
  3. Any combination of two courses from the following list:
1

All students with prior foreign language experience should take the foreign language placement test to determine the appropriate level at which to start. Some students may begin beyond the Elementary I level and will complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses.This may be accomplished by (1) passing a course beyond Elementary I through Intermediate II level; (2) receiving credit through Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP); or (3) being designated a "native speaker" of a non-English language (consult with the College of Arts and Sciences Advising Office for additional information). When students complete the requirement with fewer than 14 credit hours and four courses, they will complete remaining credit hours with general electives.

2

Certain majors, concentrations and minors may require specific languages, limit the languages from which a student may choose or require coursework through Intermediate II. Students who plan to pursue graduate study may need particular language coursework.

 
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
GEOL 11040 HOW THE EARTH WORKS (KBS) 3
GEOL 11041 HOW THE EARTH WORKS LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
MATH 11010 ALGEBRA FOR CALCULUS (KMCR) 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Two
GEOL 11042 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME (KBS) 3
GEOL 11043 EARTH AND LIFE THROUGH TIME LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 21080 ALL ABOUT THE OCEANS (KBS) 3
MATH 11022 TRIGONOMETRY (KMCR) 3
Foreign Language 4
 Credit Hours14
Semester Three
CHEM 10060 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I (KBS) 4
CHEM 10062 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY (KBS) (KLAB) 1
GEOL 23063 EARTH MATERIALS I 4
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours18
Semester Four
BSCI 10110
BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY (KBS) (KLAB)
or INVERTEBRATE ZOOLOGY
4
GEOL 31070 EARTH MATERIALS II 4
Foreign Language 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Five
GEOL 32066 GEOMORPHOLOGY 4
GEOL 34061 INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY (WIC) 4
PHY 13001
PHY 13021
GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS I (KBS)
and GENERAL COLLEGE PHYSICS LABORATORY I (KBS) (KLAB)
or GENERAL UNIVERSITY PHYSICS I (KBS) (KLAB)
5
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Six
GEOG 31062 FUNDAMENTALS OF METEOROLOGY 3
GEOG 31064 PRINCIPLES OF CLIMATOLOGY 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
GEOG 41082 GEOGRAPHY OF SOILS 3
Geography or Geology Upper-Division Electives (GEOG or GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
General Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
GEOG 41073 CONSERVATION OF NATURAL RESOURCES 3
Geology Upper-Division Electives (GEOL 30000 or 40000 level) 3
College General Requirement 3
General Electives 4
 Credit Hours13
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:120