Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

Undergraduate degrees in Earth science require a broad‐based background in mathematics, chemistry, and physics, as well as basic training in the Earth sciences. The curriculum emphasizes fundamentals and thus provides the background for entry into a number of Earth science professions or graduate schools. The graduate program provides specialized training and research opportunities in theoretical or applied aspects of Earth science. Areas or particular expertise in the department include: ore genesis, origins of magmas, volcanology, tectonic history of the continents, geothermal and hydrocarbon exploration, recharge, flow, and water quality in groundwater basins and at hazardous waste sites, modern and ancient depositional processes and environments; landscape and soil evolution, atmospheric and land surface controls on regional energy and water budgets, earthquake seismology, seismic imaging, infrasound studies, geodesy, faults and fluid flow, marine geophysics; radiometric dating,  geobiology, and cave and karst studies. Staff members of the on‐campus New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources participate in the graduate program by offering courses and supervising research work for theses and dissertations. Earth science is a highly interdisciplinary field with many critical environmental, science, and resource connections to society. Graduates commonly enter professional careers in water resources, in the science, monitoring and management of geologic hazards and water quality, and in the exploration for and stewardship of energy and other natural resources. Scroll down to view information about the various options offered for a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science degree at New Mexico Tech.

Earth Science Core Curriculum

  • Courses taken to fulfill mathematics and basic science requirements of the General Degree Requirements, and courses in Earth Science, taken to fulfill departmental requirements must be taken for a letter grade. All degree options in the Bachelor of Science in Earth Science program share the following common core curriculum.  Students may therefore immediately begin coursework for the major before choosing a specific option track.
  • Earth Science Core Curriculum: ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Geology Option

  • In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements (page 87 in the catalog), the following courses are required:
    • A 100‐level ERTH course and associated lab (4)
    • Earth Science core [ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)]
    • ERTH 380 (4), ERTH 385 (3), ERTH 453 (4), ERTH 468 (3), either ERTH 483 (2), ERTH 484 (2), and ERTH 485 (2) or ERTH 480 (6)
    • Earth science electives, minimum 12 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above
    • MATH 283 or 382 (3)
    • Total of 3 credit hours 200‐level or above from chemistry, mathematics, or physics
    • Technical electives, minimum 9 credit hours from courses numbered 300 or above from the following fields: mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, engineering, or courses numbered 500 or above from GEOL, GEOP, GEOC, and HYD

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Geophysics Option

  • In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements (page 87 in the catalog), the following courses are required:
    • A 100‐level ERTH course and associated lab (4)
    • Earth Science core [ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)]
    • ERTH 380 (4) or ERTH 385 (3), ERTH 448 (3)
    • Two of the following: ERTH 434 (3), ERTH 445 (3), ERTH 453 (3), ERTH 454 (3), ERTH 455 (3), ERTH 456 (3), ERTH 459 (3), ERTH 460 (3), ERTH 468 (3), any GEOP  (3), PETR 370 (3), ERTH Technical Elective (3-4)
    • ERTH 483 (2) and ERTH 484 (2), or approved geophysics field experience (4)
    • MATH 231 (4), MATH 254 (3), MATH 332 (3), MATH 335 (3), MATH 283 or 382 (3)
    • PHYS 241 (3), PHYS 242 (3), PHYS 333 (3)
    • Technical electives, minimum 3 credit hours from courses numbered 300 or above from the following fields: mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering.
    • Earth science elective in courses numbered 300 and above (3)

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Hydrology Option

  • In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements (page 87 in the catalog), the following courses are required:
    • A 100‐level ERTH course and associated lab (4)
    • Earth Science core [ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)]
    • ERTH 384 (1), ERTH 440 (3) and ERTH 440L (1), ERTH 483 (2), ERTH 484 (2), ERTH 486 (2)
    • One of the following: ERTH 411 (3), ERTH 413 (3), or ERTH 414 (3)
    • Math 231 (4), Math 283 (3), Math 335 (3)
    • Earth science electives, minimum 9 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above
    • CHEM 311 & 311L (4), ENVS 412 (3), CSE 107 & 107L (4)

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science with Mineral Resources Option

  • In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements (page 87 in the catalog), the following courses are required:
    • A 100‐level ERTH course and associated lab (4)
    • Earth Science core [ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)]
    • ERTH 380 (4), ERTH 431 (3), ERTH 453 (4), ERTH 462 (3), ERTH 480 (6), ERTH 4xx [Environmental Geochemistry of Mining Activities]
    • ME 320 (2), ME 340 (3)
    • Technical electives, minimum 3 credit hours from courses numbered 300 or above from the following fields: mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering.
    • Earth science and mineral engineering electives, 12 credit hours from the following classes: ERTH 360 (2), ERTH 407/GEOC 507 (3), GOEC 565 (3), ME 522 (3), ME 523 (3), ME 551 (3)
    • Earth science elective in course numbered 300 and above (3)

Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

  • In addition to the General Education Core Curriculum Requirements (page 87 in the catalog), the following courses are required:
    • A 100‐level ERTH course and associated lab (4)
    • Earth Science core [ERTH 201 (4), ERTH 202 (4), ERTH 203 (4), ERTH 204 (4), ERTH 325 (3), ERTH 340 (3), ERTH 390 (3)]
    • ERTH 384 (4), ERTH 483 (2), ERTH 484 (2)
    • Earth science electives, minimum 24 credit hours in courses numbered 300 and above
    • MATH 283 or 382 (3)
    • Total of 3 credit hours 200‐level or above from chemistry, mathematics, or physics
    • Technical electives, minimum 9 credit hours from courses numbered 300 or above from the following fields: mathematics, biology, computer science, physics, chemistry, and engineering

Additional details, including course descriptions, are in the College Catalog.

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