B.S. in Geoscience

Bachelor of Science program in Geosciences

The Bachelor of Science program in Geosciences has a choice of majors in the Geological Sciences and in Atmospheric Sciences. The Geological Sciences major encompasses a rigorous background in Geology from the history and structure of the Earth, through rocks and minerals, to natural disasters and the environment. It prepares students to become licensed Professional Geologists in the State of Florida, professional geologists in private consulting and resource industries, as well as for further graduate studies in the earth or environmental sciences.

The Atmospheric Sciences major adds meteorological and climatological dimensions to the basic background across the Earth Sciences. It prepares students for graduate school, employment as a meteorologist in government or industry, and it meets undergraduate course work requirements for professional certification by the American Meteorological Society.

Degree Program Hours: 120

Lower Division Preparation

GLY 1010 & GLY 1010L Introduction to Earth Science and Introduction to Earth Science Lab

or

GLY 3039 & GLY 3039L Environmental Geology and Environmental Geology Lab

CHM 1045 & CHM 1045L CHM 1045 General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Lab CHM 1046 & CHM 1046L General Chemistry II and General Chemistry II Lab MAC 2311 Calculus I

MAC 2312 Calculus II

PHY 2048 Physics with Calculus I or PHY 2053 Physics without Calculus I*

PHY 2049 Physics with Calculus II or PHY 2054 Physics Without Calculus II*

PHY 2048L General Physics Lab I

PHY 2049L General Physics Lab II

*Physics with Calculus is strongly recommended for the Atmospheric Sciences major

Other Lower Division Courses Required for the degree

For the Geological Sciences Major Only

BSC 1011 & BSC 1011L General Biology II and General Biology II Lab

For the Atmospheric Sciences Major Only

MAC 2313 Multivariable Calculus

MAP 2302 Differential Equations

Upper Division Program (38 credits minimum)

Geosciences Essentials (13 credits)

GLY 3112 Earth Through Time*

GLY 4822 Introduction to Hydrogeology

MET 3003 General Meteorology

OCP 3002 Physical Oceanography

GLY 4937/ MET 4937 Senior Seminar

*Students may substitute Historical Geology from another institution.

Geological Sciences Major (25 credits)

1. Complete all courses (with labs as necessary) from List 1 (16 credits)

2. Choose an additional 9 credits or more from List 2, at least three of which must be field experience.

List 1: Major-specific Courses

GLY 3202 & GLY 3202L Earth Materials and Earth Materials Lab

GLY 4300 & GLY 4300L Petrology and Petrology Lab

GLY 4511& GLY 4511L Stratigraphy and Stratigraphy Lab

GLY 4400 & GLY 4400L Structural Geology and Structural Geology Lab

List 2: Geo-elective Courses

GIS 3043 Introduction to GIS

GLY 3034 Natural Disasters

GLY 3759 Visualizing Our World With GIS

GLY 3760C Geological Map Analysis

GLY 3782 Geology Field Excursion

GLY 4450 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics

GLY 4603 Paleobiology

GLY 4660 Paleoecology

GLY 4730 Marine Geology

GLY 4791 Field Geology and Geologic Mapping

GLY 4812 Introduction to Ore Deposits

GLY 4910 Undergraduate Research in Geology

GLY 4970 Geology Honors Thesis

GLY 4989L Geology Honors Research

GLY 4734 Coastal Geomorphology

MET 4300 Severe Weather

MET 4400 Meteorological Instrumentation & Observations

MET 4532 Hurricanes

MET 3102 Physical Climatology

MET 4420 Physical Meteorology

MET 3502 Synoptic Meteorology

MET 3502L Synoptic Meteorology Lab

MET 4301 Dynamic Meteorology I

MET 4302 Dynamic Meteorology II

Other courses as approved by the Program Director may also be used.

Atmospheric Sciences Major (25 credits)

1. Complete all courses (with labs as necessary) from List 1 (16 credits)

2. Choose an additional 9 credits or more from List 2.

List 1: Major-specific Courses

MET 3102 Physical Climatology

MET 4420 Physical Meteorology

MET 3502 & MET 3502L Synoptic Meteorology and Synoptic Meteorology Lab

MET 4301 Dynamic Meteorology I

MET 4302 Dynamic Meteorology II

List 2: Geo-elective Courses

GIS 3043 Introduction to GIS

GLY 3034 Natural Disasters

GLY 3202 Earth Materials

GLY 3202L Earth Materials Lab

GLY 3759 Visualizing Our World With GIS

GLY 3760C Geological Map Analysis

GLY 3782 Geology Field Excursion

GLY 4300 Petrology

GLY 4300L Petrology Lab

GLY 4400 Structural Geology

GLY 4400L Structural Geology Lab

GLY 4450 Environmental and Exploration Geophysics 3

GLY 4511 Stratigraphy

GLY 4511L Stratigraphy Lab

GLY 4603 Paleobiology

GLY 4603L Paleobiology Lab

GLY 4730 Marine Geology

GLY 4791 Field Geology and Geologic Mapping 3

GLY 4812 Introduction to Ore Deposits

GLY 4970 Geology Honors Thesis

GLY 4989L Geology Honors Research

GLY 4734 Coastal Geomorphology

MET 4300 Severe Weather

MET 4400 Meteorological Instrumentation & Observations

MET 4410 Remote Sensing: Radar and Satellite Meteorology

MET 4532 Hurricanes

MET 4750 Calculations for the Atmospheric Sciences

MET 4910 Undergraduate Research in Meteorology

MET 4941 Internship in Meteorology

Other courses as approved by the Program Director may also be used.

Combined BS/MS in Geosciences

The combined BS/MS degree program in Geosciences allows qualified students to earn both degrees in a shorter amount of time than typically required for earning degrees sequentially. The accelerated program is designed for highly qualified undergraduate students in the Earth Sciences, allowing them to complete their MS degree within approximately 2.5 years after starting their second year.

To be considered for admission to the combined bachelor’s/master’s degree program, students must have completed at least 75-90 credits in the bachelor’s degree program at FIU and meet the admissions criteria for the graduate degree program to which they are applying. Students need only apply once to the combined degree program, but the application must be submitted to Graduate Admissions before the student starts the last 30 credits of the bachelor’s degree program. A student admitted to the combined degree program will be considered to have undergraduate status until the student applies for graduation from their bachelor’s degree program. Upon conferral of the bachelor’s degree, the student will be granted graduate status and be eligible for graduate assistantships. Only 5000-level or higher courses, and no more than the number of credits specified by the program catalog, may be applied toward both degrees.

Admission Requirements

• Current enrollment in the Bachelor of Science program in Geosciences at FIU.

• Completed at least 90 credits of coursework (including UCC and CLAS).

• Minimum GPA of 3.2.

• Minimum GRE (verbal + quantitative) score of 1000.

• Three letters of recommendation.

• Approval by the Earth Sciences Graduate Committee.

General Requirements

• Meet the requirements of both the BS and MS degree in Geosciences.

• Overlap: Up to 3 courses (9 credits) may be used in satisfying both the BS and MS degree requirements, which must be at the 5000-level or higher.

For more information on courses, see the course catalog