Earth System Scientists integrate multiple fields of study to address the grand challenges our growing global population faces, such as sea level rise, climate change, life near geologic hazards, and sustainable sources of energy. As an Earth System Scientist, you can explore questions such as: why is the Earth’s climate warming, how do we know, and how will this affect the Earth systems? How do ocean currents influence temperature? How can we teach future generations to ask and answer interdisciplinary problems within Earth System Science?
As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science, you’ll learn the application of the scientific method to enhance our understanding of the principle components of the Earth System and the connections that exist among them to produce complex planetary-scale phenomena, such as climate change. At EMU, the Geology Program focuses on the Geosphere component of the Earth System, whereas the Earth Science Program broadly addresses all four components.
Pursue a career as an Earth Science technician or combine a background in Earth Science with other fields, including surveying and spatial analysis or even journalism and law. Complement your major with a relevant minor, such as coastal environments, environmental analysis, chemistry, biology, and math.
A degree in Earth Science could have you working with: Construction Companies | Coal/Mining Companies | Consulting Firms | Drilling Companies | Environmental Agencies | Government Agencies | K-12 School System | Museums | Petroleum Industry | Railroad Companies | Research Firms | University/College
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Major Requirements: 44-48 hours
Foundational Requirements: 11-13 hours
Required Courses: 30-31 hours
Restricted Elective Courses: 3-4 hours
This major requires a minor | For a list of available minors, please see Academic Programs or contact your major advisor.
Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.
Critical Graduation Information
The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the on-line catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.
- Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
- Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
- Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
- Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
- Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
- Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
- Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
- Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
- Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
- Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
- Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
- Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
- Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; the internal review of such courses is conducted by individual departments/schools within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credits for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)
General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education section of the catalog.
Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.