Geological Science Course Requirements

Course Outline

Intro Course

Students must complete the following intro course:

Core Courses

Students must complete the following 3 core courses:

Concentration Courses

Students must complete 5 concentration courses at the 3000-level or above. Students should speak with their advisor about which concentration courses are most appropriate for their program of study.

Field Courses

Exposure to the basic observations of earth science in the field is necessary to fully understand the chosen area of concentration in the major. A minimum of 3 credits of appropriate coursework is required, although more experience with fieldwork is encouraged. The following field course is recommended:

Other field options:

  • Field courses offered by another college or university*
  • Experience gained participating in field research with Cornell faculty (or REU at another institution)*

*Field course options marked by an asterisk (*) require pre-approval by the faculty advisor and the EAS Curriculum Committee. These courses/internships/REUs should require observations to be taken in the field and interpreted by the student. Field courses should generally require 40+ hours of active observation and data collection in the field. Students using a non-credit research option for the field course requirement are required to complete an additional EAS concentration course.

Temporary Solutions during the Pandemic

  • EAS 4340 Exploration Geophysics with Professor Katie Keranen
  • EAS 2550 Observing the Earth: Remote Sensing and GIS + 2 Credit Independent Study Course (by petition only) with Professor Rowena Lohman
  • EAS 4730 Field Geophysics with Professor Larry Brown (if offered in the Spring Semester)
  • 3 Credit independent study with an EAS faculty member that will involve data or samples collected in the field (the student needs to approach a faculty member to design a project like this) 

We will only accept these options by Seniors and Juniors in Fall/Summer of 2020 or Spring of 2021