Geosciences Degree 4-Year Plan

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your BS in Geosciences degree in a timely manner. The plan below is one of several possible ways for you to complete the Geosciences degree. Your individualized plan may look different if you have already fulfilled some requirements. Check your Financial Aid as it may require additional term credits for full-time funding. You must complete all university and program requirements successfully to complete this degree (GPA, 120 credits, LASC, WI, residency).

The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your BS in Geosciences with Geoarchaeology emphasis degree in a timely manner. The plan below is one of several possible ways for you to complete the Geosciences with Geoarchaeology emphasis degree. Your individualized plan may look different if you have already fulfilled some requirements. Check your Financial Aid as it may require additional term credits for full-time funding. You must complete all university and program requirements successfully to complete this degree (GPA, 120 credits, LASC, WI, residency).

PDF version of the BS in Geosciences with Geoarchaeology Emphasis Roadmap

  • Program: Bachelor of Science: Geosciences with Geoarchaeology Emphasis
  • Total Credits: 120
  • Catalog: 2022-2023

First Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (1st Fall)
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 3 GEOS 115/115L Physical Geology with Lab 4
Related Requirement: LASC Goal 3   Recommended BIOL 115/305, CHEM 150, PHYS 160/200 4
First-Year Experience Course FYE 101 First Year Experience 1
LASC Goal 1A COMM 100 Speech Communication 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 5 ANTH 115 Intro to Archaeology 3
Total Credits: 15
Spring (1st Spring)
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 3 GEOS 117/117L Water, Land and People w/Lab 4
Related Requirement:   Recommended BIOL 115/305, CHEM 150, PHYS 160/200 4
Restricted Elective: GEOS 210 Cartography *Recommended 3
LASC Goal     3
LASC Goal 1B ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Total Credits: 17

 

Second Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (2nd Fall)
Program Requirement: GEOS 302 Mineralogy with Lab 3
Program Requirement: ANTH 300 Archaeology 3
Related Requirement: GEOS 207 GPS Field Techniques *Recommended 3
Related Requirement: LASC Goal 4 MATH 261 Calculus I 3
LASC Goal 8 SUST 421 Systems Thinking *Recommended 3
Total Credits: 15
Spring (2nd Spring)
Program Requirement: GEOS 303 Petrology with Lab 3
Restricted Elective: GEOS 205 Thinking Spatially *Recommended 3
Related Requirement: LASC Goal 3 CHEM 210 General Chemistry II w/Lab *Recommended 3
LASC Goal 10 BIOL 346 An Ecological Perspective *Recommended 3
LASC Goal 2 SUST 200 Nature of Sustainability *Recommended 3
Total Credits: 15

 

Third Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (3rd Fall)
Program Requirement: GEOS 301 Archaeological and Prospection 3
Program Requirement: WI for major GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 3
Related Requirement:   Recommend BIOL 115/305, CHEM 150, PHYS 160/200 3
LASC Goal     3
LASC Goal     3
Total Credits: 15
Spring (3rd Spring)
Restricted Elective: GEOS 340 Economic and Environmental Geology *Recommended 3
Restricted Elective: GEOS 416 Paleontology *Recommended 3
Program Requirement: GEOS 307 Introduction to GIS 3
Related Requirement: BIOL 275 Quantitative Biology *Recommended sub for stats 3
LASC Goal/WI     3
Total Credits: 15

 

Fourth

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (4th Fall)
Program Requirement: GEOS 415 Reading Geochemical Fingerprints 3
Program Requirement: GEOS 492 Senior Seminar 1
Program Requirement: GEOS 350 Geoarchaeology 3
LASC Goal/WI     3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
Total Credits: 13
Spring (4th Spring)
Restricted Elective: GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping *Recommended 3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
Summer Field Camp: *Approved summer for 3rd or 4th year 3-6 credits GEOS 455/ ANTH 450 Field Methods-Work in Geoarchaeology/Anthropology 6
Total Credits: 15



The 4-Year Plan is a model for completing your BS in Geosciences with Geographical Sciences emphasis degree in a timely manner. The plan below is one of several possible ways for you to complete the Geosciences with Geographical Sciences emphasis degree. Your individualized plan may look different if you have already fulfilled some requirements. Check your Financial Aid as it may require additional term credits for full-time funding. You must complete all university and program requirements successfully to complete this degree (GPA, 120 credits, LASC, WI, residency).

PDF version of the BS in Geosciences with Geographical Science Emphasis Roadmap

  • Program: Bachelor of Science: Geosciences with Geographical Sciences Emphasis
  • Total Credits: 120
  • Catalog: 2022-2023

First Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (1st Fall)
Restricted Elective: LASC Goal 7 GEOS 111 Cultures and Religions 3
General Elective/Minor Course:   Recommended CSIS 145 in support of GIS 3
LASC Goal 2   Recommended ANTH 100 3
First-Year Experience Course FYE 101 First Year Experience 1
LASC Goal 1A COMM 100 Speech Communication 3
General Elective/Minor Course: LASC Goal 5   Recommended ANTH 115 3
Total Credits: 16
Spring (1st Spring)
Restricted Elective: LASC Goal 3 GEOS 110 Intro Physical Geography 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 5 GEOS 210 Cartography *Recommended 3
General Elective/Minor Course:   Recommended CSIS 152 in support of GIS 3
LASC Goal     3
LASC Goal 1B ENGL 101 English Composition 3
Total Credits: 15

 

Second Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (2nd Fall)
Program Requirement: GEOS 207 GPS Field Techniques *Recommended 3
Restricted Elective: GEOS 235 Geography of ND and MN 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 10 GEOS 305 Oceanography 3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
Total Credits: 15
Spring (2nd Spring)
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 3 GEOS 205 Thinking Spatially *Recommended 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 8 GEOS 320 Economic Geography 3
General Elective/Minor Course:   Recommend SUST 200 3
LASC Goal 3   Different rubric other than GEOS 3
LASC Goal     3
Total Credits: 15

 

Third Year

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (3rd Fall)
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 5 GEOS 310 US and Canada 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 10 GEOS 335 Environmental Geography & Conservation 3
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 3 and 10 GEOS 330 Elementary Meteorology 3
Program Requirement: GEOS 325 Reading Landscapes 3
LASC Goal 3 GEOS 117/117L Water, Land and People w/Lab 4
Total Credits: 16
Spring (3rd Spring)
Program Requirement: GEOS 307 Introduction to GIS 3
General Elective/Minor Course: LASC Goal 4 MATH 234 Recommend MATH 234 3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
LASC Goal/WI     3
Total Credits: 15

 

Fourth

Curriculum Course Course Title Credits
Fall (4th Fall)
Program Requirement: LASC Goal 10 ANTH 307 Ecological Anthropology 3
Program Requirement: GEOS 492 Senior Seminar 1
LASC Goal     3
General Elective/Minor Course:   Recommend CSIS 433 in support of GIS 3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
Total Credits: 16
Spring (4th Spring)
Restricted Elective: GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping *Recommended 3
General Elective/Minor Course:   WI 200-level or higher 3
General Elective/Minor Course:   Recommended additional math or science 3
General Elective/Minor Course:     3
Total Credits: 12