Sep 21, 2023  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Geosciences Major, B.S. (Paleontology Concentration)

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Department Information

Department of Geosciences
PO Box 70357
322 Ross Hall (Main Office)
Phone: (423) 439-7516
Fax: (423) 439-7520
Web Address:

Geosciences is the study of the Earth in all its complexities, from the investigation of minerals and rocks, natural resources, evolution of plants and animals, climate change, natural hazards caused by earthquakes, horrendous weather, or careless human engineering, to the tools of geospatial science used to map out and visually portray our land. It is a fundamental science for humans to appreciate, understand, and utilize in order to have a functioning society.

The department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences. This degree program brings together depth and breadth of Geosciences and does so by offering four concentrations: Geospatial Science, Paleontology, Geology & Environment, and Geography. Geospatial science is an applied science taught throughout all the concentrations and is found to be highly beneficial in obtaining employment, be it in geosciences, urban planning, public health, anthropology, sociology, engineering, or among a host of federal and state government agencies.

The study of earth’s geology related to environment is taught in the concentration, Geology & Environment. It applies knowledge of geology in solving environmental problems occurring due to natural and human induced hazards. Graduates from Geology and Environment work for consulting industries, state and local government agencies such as geological surveys, department of transportation, and department of environment and conservation.

ETSU’s graduates in the geosciences with a good background in geospatial sciences and geology and environment typically obtain jobs right after graduation. Graduates in paleontology often continue with advanced degrees in the profession.

Double counting of courses for the major and minor are permitted when utilizing a minor offered by the Department of Geosciences.

Graduate Study-Students interested in graduate studies in geosciences may elect to participate in either the Geospatial Analysis or Paleontology concentrations with a M.S. degree. Further information is contained in the Graduate Catalog.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Dr. Arpita Nandi
(423) 439-6086

Transfer Students

Transfer students majoring in geosciences should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible. This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements.

For general information about the department or courses, contact the main office at (423) 439-7516.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education  41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 49 credits
     Major Core    (15 credits)
     Concentration    (34 credits)
Free Electives 29-30 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: GEOS-BS (PALE)  

College of Arts and Sciences Visit link to view the complete list of B.S. degree requirements. 

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Geosciences Major: 49 credits

Paleontology Concentration: 34 credits

No Minor Required

Free Electives: 29-30 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.

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