Oct 19, 2019  
2013-2014 APU Catalog 
    
2013-2014 APU Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Sciences, B.S.


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The B.S. in Earth Science provides you with an integrated curriculum in geology, meteorology, climate science, and oceanography and a solid foundation in laboratory and field techniques.  The degree program is for students interested in the physical aspects of the environment as well as climate change, aquatic science, and ,oceanography.  The degree prepares you to enter professional environmental careers with private consulting firms and public agencies at the county, state, and federal levels.  The degree also equips you with the natural sciences and quantitative methodologies necessary to pursue graduate degrees in earth sciences.

As a graduate, you will earn a Bachelor of Science degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies:  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry; and Ethical Engagement.

Foundational Studies (32-40 credits)


  • EC Written Communication** (WRIT 20100) (4)
  • EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
  • CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
  • CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (3-4)
  • CH Intellectual Traditions (from 10000-20000 level PH/HI) (4)
  • CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 level HUM) (4)
  • CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
  • SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab) (4)
  • SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
  • EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
  • EE Personal Responsibility (from 10000-20000 OS/PE or BAM 20400) (1-2)

                       [†  Foundational Studies requirement satisfied by Major Studies]

                       [ **  Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]

Self-Determined Studies (varies)


  • Students are encouraged to expand on Earth Science electives or undertake an Eco League exchange to distinguish their program of study.

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 128


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