Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

To earn a Bachelor of Science degree in earth and environmental sciences, a student must receive credit for 120 hours of coursework. This coursework must include core and foundation coursework in EES plus the required and elective courses for one of two available concentrations: Geoscience or Environmental and Coastal Science. The curriculum allows students the flexibility to focus in areas of hydrocarbon geology, environmental science, coastal science, and traditional geosciences. A grade of C or better must be earned in all math and science courses.

Student Learning Outcomes

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences

  1. Students will be able to construct and effectively present earth and environmental sciences information and concepts visually and verbally through oral presentations.
  2. Students will be able to explain earth and environmental sciences concepts and present and interpret data in a technical writing format by their date of graduation.
  3. Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts in geomorphology.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental concepts in paleontology, earth history, and evolution.
  5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of environmental sciences.

Degree Requirements

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences

General Education Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
English    EES 1002  3
ENGL 1157 3  Humanities  
ENGL 1158 or ENGL 11591 3  Humanities Elective2  6
Mathematics3    Literature2  3
MATH 1126 3  Social Sciences  
MATH 2114 4  Social Sciences elective2 6
Science    Arts  
BIOS 1073 3  Arts elective2 3
EES 1000 3    
    Total 39
Other Requirements
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
BIOS 1071 1  PHYS 1033 or PHYS 1063  1
CHEM 1007 1  2nd SCI Elective + PAIRED LAB (non EES)5  4
CHEM 1017 3  Science Electives  9
PHYS 1031 or PHYS 1061 3  Electives  14
    Total 374
Course Requirements for Major
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
EES 2004  3  EES 1003  1
EES 2051  3  EES 2005  1
EES 3740  3  EES 2000  4
EES 4560  3  EES 4099  3
EES 1001  1  Approved EES electives  6
    Total 28
 Concentration Requirements – TWO CONCENTRATIONS
Geosciences Environmental and Coastal Sciences
Course Name/ # Credit Hours  Course Name/#  Credit Hours
EES 2700  3  EES 2510  3
EES 31006  3  EES 49256  3
EES 33106  3  EES 45206  4
EES 41106  3  EES 45506  3
EES 47506  4  EES 49496  3
 Total  16 Total 16
Total Credit Hours Required Credit Hours
  120
Additional Requirement
 Minimum grade of C in all science courses (BIOS, CHEM, CSCI, EES, MATH, PHYS, PSYC)
  1.  "C" or better required
  2. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  3. 6 credits of Math satisfy the General Education requirements. Check General Education Courses to confirm what courses fulfill this requirement.
  4. Includes 1 credits of Math listed in General Education Requirements section.
  5. Select from BIOS 1081 and BIOS 1083; or CHEM 1008 and CHEM 1018; or PHYS 1032 and PHYS 1035; PHYS 1062 and PHYS 1065.
  6. Up to two of these courses may be substituted by other EES courses of the same level and credit hours.

Recommended Four-Year Plan of Study

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Science
Environmental and Coastal Concentration

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 1000  3  EES 2004  3
EES 1001  1  EES 2005  1
MATH 1126  3  MATH 2114  4
ENGL 1157  3  CHEM 1017  3
BIOS 1073  3  CHEM Lab 1007  1
BIOS Lab 1071  1  ENGL 1158 or ENGL 1159  3
UNIV 10011  1  Elective  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 17
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 1002  3  Science Elective  3
EES 1003  1  EES 2000 Lec/Lab  4
EES 3740  3  EES 2510  3
Elective  2  Humanities  3
EES 2051  3  Science Elective/Lab  4
ENGL Literature  3    
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 17
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
Elective  3  Science Elective  3
Arts  3  EES 4520 Lec/Lab  4
Humanities  3  Social Sciences  3
PHYS 1031  3  Elective  3
PHYS Lab 1033  1    
 EES 4949  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 13
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 4560  3 EES 4099  3
Social Sciences  3 EES 4550  3
EES Approved Elective  3 EES 4925  3
Science Elective  3 Elective  2
    EES Approved Elective  4
Total Hours  12 Total Hours 15
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

College of Sciences
Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Science
Geosciences Concentration

Four Year Plan of Study
First Year of Enrollment 
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 1000  3  EES 2004  3
EES 1001  1  EES 2005  1
MATH 1126  3  MATH 2114  4
ENGL 1157  3  CHEM 1017  3
BIOS 1073  3  CHEM Lab 1007  1
BIOS 1071 Lab  1  ENGL 1158 or ENGL 1159  3
UNIV 10011  1  Elective  2
Total Hours  15 Total Hours 17
Second Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 1002  3  Science Elective  3
EES 1003  1  EES 2000 Lec/Lab  4
EES 3740  3  Elective  2
EES 2740 Lec/Lab  3  Humanities  3
EES 2051  3  Science Elective/Lab  4
ENGL Literature  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 16
Third Year of Enrollment
First Term  Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 3100  3  Science Elective  3
Arts  3  EES 4750 Lec/Lab  4
Humanities  3  Social Sciences  3
PHYS 1031  3  Elective  4
PHYS Lab 1033  1    
EES 3310  3    
Total Hours  16 Total Hours 14
Fourth Year of Enrollment
First Term Second Term
Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours Course Prefix & Number Credit Hours
EES 4560  3 EES 4099  3
Social Sciences  3 Elective  2
EES Approved Elective  3 Elective  3
Science Elective  3 EES 4110  3
    EES Approved Elective  3
Total Hours  12 Total Hours 14
Total Degree Hours 120
  1. Required for all first-time full-time students.

Minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences

An undergraduate majoring in another subject may minor in earth and environmental sciences by completing 20 .credit hours in EES with a grade of C or better in each EES course taken. These courses must include EES 1000 and 1001. Students must also take either EES 1002 and 1003 or EES 2004 and 2005 (cannot take both for Minor). Of the remaining 12 credit hours, 10 credit hours must be taken at the 3000-level or above. Also, at least 10 of the 20 credit hours must be taken at UNO.

Honors in Earth and Environmental Sciences

An honors program is available to EES majors. Successful completion of the program will result in graduation with Honors in Earth and Environmental Sciences. To be eligible for admission to the program, a student must maintain a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade average and a 3.5 grade point average in EES courses. To remain in the program, a student must maintain a 3.25 in both overall and EES course averages. Before graduation a student must have completed at least six hours of EES 4098, including an oral defense of the honors thesis before a committee of the faculty.