The earth science major in the Department of Geosciences at Western Michigan University is a flexible course of instruction with a broad understanding of the earth and environmental processes.
The program is interdisciplinary, offering you an opportunity to select earth science and related courses such as:
- Biological sciences
Courses are selected in consultation with the earth science advisor in order to design a program which will satisfy your needs and professional objectives. This major requires 36 semester hours.
The earth science major is not recommended as a stand alone major. It should be undertaken by students who are taking a double major (e.g., environmental science, law, business, engineering, etc.).
For employment in geosciences with this degree alone, as many as possible of the following courses are highly recommended (note that many of these courses have prerequisites beyond those in this major): GEOS 4320, GEOS 5120, GEOS 5210, GEOS 5230, GEOS 5240, GEOS 5250, GEOS 5260, GEOS 5270, GEOS 5280, GEOS 5350, GEOS 5550, and GEOS 5600.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers a two-tiered advising system for undergraduates. You will receive:
- Major-specific advising through the faculty or staff expertise within the department. The faculty advisor for the earth science major is Dr. Michelle Kominz.
- General advising regarding University and general education requirements as well as pre-professional advising through the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate advising.
As a student with a College of Arts and Sciences major you will need to meet regularly with both a departmental and college advisor to ensure you are meeting all requirements for graduation.