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2018-2019 University Catalog 
2018-2019 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Geoscience, BS

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About the Program

The EAPS Environmental Geoscience major offers an interdisciplinary curriculum that immerses students in the fundamentals of geology, chemistry, atmospheric science, biology, math, and physics. This coursework prepares students so they can help solve challenging environmental problems such as climate change, emerging pollutants, shrinking and shifting energy resources, food production, and ecology. The Environmental Geoscience major at Purdue is flexible, allowing students to create their own coursework focus based on their particular scientific passion: air quality, soil and sediments, or hydrology. Undergraduate research is required in this major, and students have the opportunity to work directly with professors and industry leaders. Graduates develop quantitative problem-solving skills that make them highly competitive for further graduate school studies related to environmental science or careers in environmental monitoring, consulting, and decision support for environmental public policy.

Environmental Geoscience Website

Degree Requirements

120 Credits Required

Curriculum and Degree Requirements for College of Science

A College of Science degree is conferred when a student successfully completes all requirements in their degree program.  Students will complete coursework or approved experiential learning activities to meet the following three degree components:

  1. Major
  2. Science Core Curriculum
  3. Electives

Students may use any of the following options to meet College of Science degree requirements:

  • Purdue Coursework
  • Ap, IB, and CLEP credit.  The use of AP and IB coursework varies between College of Science degree plans.
  • Transfer Credit. Students should consult the Admissions Transfer Credit Resource page for all available transfer options.

College of Science degree programs vary widely in their approval and use of the proceeding options and thus students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their academic advisors and to regularly consult their MyPurduePlan to view the use of each option in their degree plan. 

Most College of Science degree programs contain elective credits students may use to pursue courses that relate to their interests or which support their major area of study. The elective area of a degree plan may also be used to complete minors, second majors and certificates such as the Entrepreneurial Certificate. With the exception of courses on the No Count List, any Purdue course may be used to meet the elective area of a student’s degree plan.

College of Science Core Requirements

All Students starting Purdue University Fall semester, 2007 or later are required to pursue the 2007 Science Core curriculum.

The College of Science Core Curriculum requires the completion of approved coursework and/or experiential learning opportunities in the following academic areas:

Earning Core Curricular Requirements through Experience

Students may meet selected core curriculum requirements through approved experiential learning opportunities. Interested students should contact their academic advisor for more information on this option and incorporating experiential learning into their four-year program of study. For more information on earning requirements through experience, please click here.

Departmental/Program Major Courses (54 credits)

Other Departmental/Program Course Requirements (54-63 credits)

Electives (3-12 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Environmental Geoscience Supplemental Information  

University Core Requirements

  • Human Cultures Humanities
  • Human Cultures Behavioral/Social Science
  • Information Literacy
  • Science #1
  • Science #2
  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Written Communication
  • Oral Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning

For a complete listing of course selectives, visit the Provost’s Website.

Prerequisite Information:

For current pre-requisites for courses, click here.


Program Requirements

15-17 Credits

15 Credits

Fall 2nd Year

  • General Education I Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Multidisciplinary Experience Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Environmental Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ^
  • Environmental Selective with Lab - Credit Hours: 3.00 ^^
  • Language II Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00

15 Credits

Spring 2nd Year

  • Physics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00 ♦
  • Statistics Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • General Education II Selective - Credit Hours: 3.00
  • Language III Selective/Culture/Diversity - Credit Hours: 3.00

16 Credits

Fall 3rd Year

16 Credits

16 Credits

Fall 4th Year

15 Credits

15 Credits


  • ^Environmental Selectives for advanced courses and specializations
  • ^^Environmental Selectives with Labs for advanced courses and specializations
  • 2.0 Graduation GPA required for Bachelor of Science degree
  • 2.0 average in EAPS major courses required to graduate

Foreign Language Courses

Foreign Language proficiency requirements vary by program. 

For acceptable languages and proficiency levels, see your advisor: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, (ancient) Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

Critical Course

The ♦ course is considered critical. A Critical Course is one that a student must be able to pass to persist and succeed in a particular major.


The student is ultimately responsible for knowing and completing all degree requirements.

The myPurduePlan powered by DegreeWorks is the knowledge source for specific requirements and completion.

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