General Degree Requirements - Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences - Purdue University

General Degree Requirements

The specifics listed below are required of all B.S. students in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

College of Science Core Requirements

College of Science Requirements for those enrolling 2007-2012. 

College of Science Requirements for those starting 2013 or after.

These links are to the lists of College of Science core requirements: including lists of approved courses or options for areas such as general education (includes great issues), composition and presentation, language and culture, teambuilding, multidisciplinary, etc.

University Core Requirements (Fall 2013 catalog term and forward)

You can find courses counting toward Behavioral/Social Sciences; Humanities; Oral Communication; Quantitative Reasoning; Science; Science, Technology, and Society; Written Communication. Your EAPS major plan of study has specific courses which count in many of these areas; you can always check to be certain. The myPurdue Plan is also a reference as courses are completed.

Requirements for Entry into the Upper Division in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences 

A student pursuing a major in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences must satisfy the following before being permitted to enter the upper division:
  • For students starting Fall 2003, or after, you must complete MA16100, MA 16200, CHM 11500, CHM 11600, and PHYS 17200 or equivalents each with a grade of C- or better.
  • Completion of required lower division courses in the student's major area each with a grade of C- or better.

For the application of these requirements, entry into the upper division is defined as registration for the semester which includes EAPS 35300 Surface Processes or EAPS 35400 Plate Tectonics (for solid earth programs), EAPS 42100 Thermodynamics (for atmospheric science), EAPS 30900 Computer Aided Analysis (environmental geosciences), and EAPS 55600 Planetary Geology (planetary science) in the course selection.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate in any of the earth and atmospheric science majors, a student must have an average grade point index of 2.00 or above in earth, atmospheric, and planetary science courses required for the major. This requirement applies to students who enrolled in their EAPS major after the Fall Semester of 2001.

Your electives (EAPS, Science/Engineering/Agriculture, General Education, and Free Electives) and your EAS major courses (including the summer geology field camp for the Geology and Education majors) must add up to 32 hours of courses numbered 30000 and above to meet University graduation requirements.

All College of Science students (beginning Fall 2013) must earn a total of 120 credit hours of approved courses to graduate.

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