BS with a Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences

Degree Requirements

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences degree from UIC, students need to complete University, college, and department degree requirements. The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences degree requirements are outlined below. Students should consult the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for additional degree requirements and college academic policies.

Summary of Requirements
Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses26-28
Core Courses20
Selective Courses 19
General Education and Electives to reach minimum Total Hours53-55
Total Hours120

General Education

See General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences section for information on meeting these requirements. Students should consult the course lists below and their advisors to determine which courses are counted toward the General Education and Writing-in-the-Discipline requirements.

Required Prerequisite and Collateral Courses

Required Courses
Select one of the following options in general physics:4-5
Introductory Physics I - Lecture
and Introductory Physics I - Laboratory a,b
General Physics I (Mechanics) a
CHEM 122General Chemistry I Lecture c4
CHEM 123General Chemistry Laboratory I a,c1
MATH 180Calculus I a,d4
MATH 181Calculus II a4
Select one of the following:5
General Chemistry II Lecture
and General Chemistry Laboratory II a,c
Survey of Organic and Biochemistry a
Select one of the following courses in general physics or biology:4-5
Introductory Physics II - Lecture
and Introductory Physics II - Laboratory a,b
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism) a
Biology of Cells and Organisms a
Biology of Populations and Communities a
Total Hours26-28
a

These courses are approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

Each of the following pairs will be considered one course in meeting the LAS General Education requirements: PHYS 105/PHYS 106 and PHYS 107/PHYS 108.

c

General Education credit is given for successful completion of both CHEM 122 and CHEM 123 or CHEM 124 and CHEM 125.

d

MATH 180 fulfills the LAS Quantitative Reasoning requirement.

Core Courses

Required Courses
EAES 101Global Environmental Change a4
EAES 111Earth, Energy, and the Environment a4
EAES 200Field Work in Missouri a2
EAES 230Earth Materials4
EAES 285Earth Systems4
EAES 290Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences b2
Total Hours20
a

This course is approved for the Analyzing the Natural World General Education category.

b

EAES 290 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

Selective Courses

Students must select at least 19 hours with at least one course from each of the following groups. In order to reach the 19 hours, one course can be chosen, with permission of the director of undergraduate studies, from an approved list of courses in environmental studies offered in other departments; these courses must be at the 200-level or above.

Courses
Group I: Solid Earth Materials 3-10
Mineralogy
Crystal Chemistry
Petrology
Group II: Surface Environments and Processes 3-10
Sedimentary Environments
Environmental Geomorphology
Soils and the Environment
Hydrology/Hydrogeology
Group III: Geochemistry and Geobiology 3-10
Introduction to Paleontology
Environmental Geochemistry
Organic Geochemistry
Introduction to Biogeochemistry
Earth System History
Principles of Paleontology
Group IV: Geophysical and Mathematical Methods 3-10
Structural Geology and Tectonics
Geophysics
Plate Tectonics
Statistical Methods in Earth and Environmental Sciences
Planetary Science
Approved summer course in geological or environmental field methods (4-6 hours)
Total Hours19

Recommended Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL 160 Academic Writing I: Writing in Academic and Public Contexts 3
CHEM 122 General Chemistry I Lecture 4
CHEM 123 General Chemistry Laboratory I 1
EAES 101 Global Environmental Change 4
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16
Spring Semester
ENGL 161 Academic Writing II: Writing for Inquiry and Research 3
CHEM 124 General Chemistry II Lecture 4
CHEM 125 General Chemistry Laboratory II 1
EAES 111 Earth, Energy, and the Environment 4
Foreign Language 4
 Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
EAES 230 Earth Materials 4
MATH 180 Calculus I 4
Foreign Language 4
EAES 290 Current Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences 2
 Hours14
Spring Semester
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics I (Mechanics)  
Introductory Physics I - Lecture
and Introductory Physics I - Laboratory
 
Foreign Language 4
EAES 285 Earth Systems 4
EAES 200 Field Work in Missouri 2
 Hours14-15
Third Year
Fall Semester
Select one of the following: 4-5
General Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism)  
Introductory Physics II - Lecture
and Introductory Physics II - Laboratory
 
Biology of Cells and Organisms  
Biology of Populations and Communities  
MATH 181 Calculus II 4
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours14-15
Spring Semester
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3-4
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3-4
Elective 3
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-17
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3-4
Electives 6
General Education Requirement course 3
General Education Requirement course 3
 Hours15-16
Spring Semester
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3-4
Group I,II,III,IV EAES required course 3-4
Electives 7-9
 Hours13-17
 Total Hours120