Advising for the Geosciences Major

Advising for a Major in the Geosciences
The Lawrence University Department of Geosciences is a vibrant, fun, and intellectually stimulating department made up of passionate students and faculty working together to better understand the planet we all call home.  We would love to have you join us!

Getting started
Students interested in pursuing a geosciences major should plan to take one of our introductory courses as a first year or a sophomore.

  • GEOS 110: Introduction to the Geosciences
  • GEOS 125: Natural Hazards
  • GEOS 150: Environmental Science.

What’s next?
Most geoscientists did not come to college planning to major in the geosciences. Perhaps, you are in a similar situation. Maybe you have completed one of our introductory courses and found our planet to be truly fascinating!  Now, you want to learn more about our Earth, what comes next? The following courses are a good way to further explore the geosciences.

  • GEOS 210: History of Earth and Life
  • GEOS 240:  The Material World
  • GEOS 214: Climate and Climate Change

Choosing your path through a geosciences major
The requirements for the rest of the geosciences major/minor can be found here.
There are many different paths you can choose to navigate your way through a major in the geosciences depending on your interests and passions. You might choose to focus on “classical geology” with an eye towards the geological, biological, physical and chemical processes and systems that have formed our planet over billions of years. Or, you might choose to a set of classes more focused on contemporary environmental issues. Regardless of the path you choose, the courses you take will guide you to a greater understanding of how our planet works and the ways that geologic processes and life on Earth have come to create the beautiful and amazing planet that we call home.

  “Classic” Geology Environmental Geology
Required of all Geosciences majors
  • GEOS110, 125, or 150
  • GEOS 210
  • GEOS 240
  • GEOS110, 125, or 150
  • GEOS 210
  • GEOS 240

Additional Geosciences courses

(27 units)

  • GEOS 214
  • GEOS 250
  • GEOS 360
  • GEOS 370
  • GEOS 550
  • GEOS 214
  • GEOS 265
  • GEOS 314
  • GEOS 340
  • GEOS 360
  • GEOS 430
  • GEOS 550
Courses in supporting sciences
  • CHEM 115 or 116
  • PHYS 141 or 151
  • BIOL 130 or 150 or 230
  • STAT 107, MATH 120 or 140, or BIOL 170
  • CHEM 115 or 116
  • PHYS 141 or 151
  • BIOL 130 or 150 or 230
  • STAT 107, MATH 120 or 140, or BIOL 170

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field work and off-campus study:
Field-based studies are at the core of Lawrence geology program.  Students can expect to participate in field studies starting at the introductory level and again in many of our geosciences courses.  These field trips range from 3 hour excursions during standard lab meetings to overnight trips in our 200 and 300 level courses.  Additionally, students often participate in one of our GEOS 550 field courses or in an off-campus program.

  • GEOS 550: Typically prior to Term 1, or in some cases during the December break, students conduct field investigations at an area of geological complexity.  Recent trips have studied the geology of the Lake Superior Region, the Mississippi River, Puerto Rico, Scotland, and the Appalachian Mountains.  Students need to have completed one of the introductory courses, and ideally additional courses in the geosciences, to participate in this course.
  • Off-campus study:  Many of our majors study off-campus for a term or more in a wide variety of programs including studying aboard a tall-ship through the SEA semester program or studying at the University of Aukland and studying the incredible geology of New Zealand.  You can learn more about the many off-campus options for Lawrence students here.

If you are interested in learning more about the geosciences at Lawrence, please don’t hesitate to contact any of the geosciences faculty members: Marcia Bjornerud marcia.bjornerud@lawrence.edu, Jeff Clark jeffrey.j.clark@lawrence.edu, Andrew Knudsen andrew.knudsen@lawrence.edu, or Relena Ribbons relena.r.ribbons@lawrence.edu.