BS in Earth and Ocean Sciences – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

BS in Earth and Ocean Sciences

The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Earth and Ocean Science is designed to serve as a primary major for students who are seeking a future career in the earth sciences. This includes academia, industry, government laboratories, research institutes, NGOs, and K-12 Education. The B.S. curriculum thoroughly prepares students for graduate work in the earth sciences, including but not limited to fields such as geology, physical oceanography, climatology, hydrology, and environmental sciences.

A list of EOS courses is available hereA full list of ALL ENV/EOS courses is available here

Students who don’t go on to graduate school may also pursue careers in these areas:

  • Petroleum or mineral exploration
  • Research or policy making at government agencies such as the U.S. Geological Survey and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Research assistance at universities and institutes
  • Environmental consulting, in areas such as hydrology and groundwater quality
  • K-12 Education


Degree Requirements (Select 4 from the following 5 options)


  • Four additional Earth and Ocean Sciences courses at the 200 level or above, including one field-oriented class.
    • Up to two courses from a related field (Biology, Chemistry, Environment, Evolutionary Anthropology, Mathematics, Physics or Statistics) may be substituted with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

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