Bachelor of Science in Environmental Geoscience

The B.S. in Environmental Geoscience, administered by the College of Engineering and Mines, combines a broad foundation in geology with a thorough background in related sciences and mathematics. This degree provides the graduate with more applied and interdisciplinary science skills than the Geology B.S. or B.A. Although not an engineering degree, graduates with a B.S. in Environmental Geoscience are qualified to work in various environmental fields, including field monitoring, remediation of contaminated sites, evaluation of natural hazards, site selection, waste disposal, and water resources. Continuing at the graduate level at UND or other institutions is another option, with opportunities to branch into fields such as geography, ecology, hydrology, and environmental policy. The program includes electives in biology, chemistry, geological engineering, law, and Earth system science. Completion of a summer geology field course, although strongly recommended, is not required for graduation.

Required 120 credits, including:

I. Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II. The following Core Curriculum:

54 major hours including:
GEOL 101
Introduction to Geology
and Introduction to Geology Laboratory
or GEOE 203
Earth Dynamics
and Earth Dynamics Laboratory
GEOL 103Introduction to Environmental Issues3
GEOL 106Global Warming: The Facts and Myths3
GEOL 220Computer Applications in Geology and Environmental Science2
GEOL 256Critical Thinking in the Geosciences2
GEOL 311Geomorphology4
GEOL 318Mineralogy3
or GEOE 301 Petrophysics
GEOL 321Geochemistry3
GEOL 322Geology, Society, and the Environment3
GEOL 342Conservation and Environmental Hydrology3
GEOL 356Geoscience Lectures1
GEOL 411Sedimentology and Stratigraphy5
GEOL 414Applied Geophysics3
GEOE 417Hydrogeology3
GEOE 419Groundwater Monitoring and Remediation3
GEOL 420Geology Capstone3
GEOL 421Seminar I1
GEOL 422Seminar II1
GEOL 487Research I1
GEOL 488Research II2
GEOL 494Senior Thesis1
30-31 hours required in other departments:
BIOL 150
General Biology I
and General Biology I Laboratory
BIOL 151
General Biology II
and General Biology II Laboratory
GEOG 474
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
and GIS Laboratory
CHEM 121
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 122
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory
MATH 165Calculus I4
PHYS 211College Physics I4
or PHYS 251 University Physics I
Statistics (PSYC 241, BIOL 470, ECON 210, or MATH 321)
Program Electives
Select at least 6-9 credits from the following list:14
General Ecology
and Gen Ecology Lab
Wildlife Management
Aquatic Ecology
Analytical Chemistry
Engineering Geology
Cold Region Hydrologic Modeling
Environmental Ethics
Other Approved Electives6
Total Credits120