Jun 25, 2018  
2009-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 

Earth Science Major

The Earth Science major is designed for those interested in pursuing a career as an earth science technician or interested in combining a background in earth science with other fields, including surveying and spatial analysis or even journalism and law. Students pursuing careers as professional earth scientists or considering graduate studies in this area should follow the Geology Major Professional Concentration and carefully select elective courses within that program, in consultation with an adviser, to provide complementary training in either the atmosphere, hydrosphere, or biosphere, or some combination thereof, depending on the student’s specific area of interest. Numerous minors complement the earth science major. These include, but are not limited to, the following: Coastal Environments, Environmental Analysis, Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Math.

Geography and Geology Department Information:

Department Head: Richard Alan Sambrook
Department Contact: rsambroo@emich.edu
Web site: http://www.emich.edu/public/geo/welcome.html

Additional department information is available here  in the online catalog.

General Education Requirements:

For specific requirements refer to the General Education Program .

Additional Requirements: 12 hours

Major Requirements: 30-32 hours

Required Courses: 27 hours

Restricted Elective Courses: 3-4 hours

* Error in catalog. ESSC424, ESSC448, and ESSC497 were incorrectly listed as part of the required courses.
** Error in catalog. ESSC498 and ESSC499 were left out of this program.

Three to four hours from the following:

Minor Requirements:

This program requires a minor. For a list of available minors refer to the list of programs .

Program Total:

Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.


Each student must choose a writing intensive course as part of major completion requirements. Consult your adviser for course options.

Critical Graduation Information:

To earn a degree, all students must:

  • earn a minimum total of 124 credits, excluding credits below the 100-level
  • meet the General Education requirements referenced here .
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits, excluding those earned at a community college. (Some articulation agreements waive this requirement. See specific agreement for details.)
  • earn a minimum of 30 credits from EMU.
  • complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from EMU courses.
  • 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 do not require a minor; see above for specific requirements.
  • earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their major at EMU.
  • earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses in their minor at EMU. These credits must be earned in courses different from the 300-level courses used for the major.
  • have earned a grade of ¨C¨ or better in order to apply transfer credit at EMU.
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 must be earned in the major and in the minor. (Note: some programs may require higher GPA.)

General Education Requirements:

For a current detailed listing of requirements, course options and waiver possibilities, please consult the General Education Program  listing.

  • Area I:  Effective Communication (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area II:  Quantitative Reasoning (1 course, 3 credits)
  • Area III: Perspectives on Diversity (2 courses, 6 credits)
  • Area IV: Knowledge of the Disciplines (8 courses, 25 credits)
  • Area V: Learning Beyond the Classroom (Satisfy two of six areas through a combination of experiences and/or courses)

The General Education requirements listed above apply to all students who began their undergraduate program at EMU during or after the Fall 2007 semester. Students who began their undergraduate program at EMU before the Fall 2007 semester may have different general education requirements to fulfill; consult your academic adviser for additional information. Students who transferred to EMU may have different general education requirements based on MACRAO or articulation agreements; consult your academic adviser for additional information.

University Information:

For more University information please refer to the online catalog at catalog.emich.edu.