International Field Geosciences Dual

Bachelor of Science - International Field Geosciences Dual

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 100-107

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2019-2020

Note: This degree is designed specifically for students who seek to combine a rigorous education in the Geosciences with a yearlong international Geosciences experience and an emphasis on field-based learning. It requires attending classes and living overseas. For students who satisfy all degree requirements, a B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by The University of Montana and a second B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by the University of Potsdam. The degree requirements specified below pertain both to UM-based and Potsdam-based students seeking their UM diploma. Potsdam-based students are eligible to satisfy any of the following specific requirements through credits that are transferred from the University of Potsdam and approved as equivalent by the UM Geosciences undergraduate advisors.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog.


Lower-Division Core12
Upper-Division Core8
Degree Electives17
Computer Science3-4
Language Requirement8
Overseas Coursework27-30
Total Hours100-107

Lower-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 101NIntroduction to Physical Geology3
GEO 102NIntroduction to Physical Geology Lab1
GEO 211Earth's History and Evolution4
GEO 225Earth Materials4
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper-Division Core

Complete all of the following courses:
GEO 315Structural Geology4
GEO 318Climate System Dynamics4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Degree Electives

Complete 17 credits of the following courses:17
GEO 305
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
GEO 309
GEO 311
GEO 320
Global Water
GEO 327
GEO 420
GEO 433
Global Tectonics
GEO 460
Process Geomorphology
GEO 491
Special Topics
Total Hours17

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following Physics sequences:10
Algebra- and Trigonometry-based Physics:
& PHSX 206N
College Physics I
and College Physics I Laboratory
& PHSX 208N
College Physics II
and College Physics II Laboratory
Calculus-based Physics:
& PHSX 216N
Fund of Physics w/Calc I
and Physics Laboratory I w/Calc
& PHSX 218N
Fund of Physics w/Calc II
and Physics Laboratory II w/Calc
Total Hours10

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete one of the following courses:4-5
Introduction to General Chemistry
& CHMY 142N
College Chemistry I
and College Chemistry I Lab
Total Hours4-5

Minimum Required Grade: C-


Complete all of the following courses:
M 171Calculus I4
M 172Calculus II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Computer Science

Complete one of the following courses:3-4
GPHY 284
Intro to GIS and Cartography
STAT 216
Introduction to Statistics
Total Hours3-4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Language Requirement

Rule: UM outgoing students must complete the following language sequence (the "test out provision" applies as administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures).

Complete all of the following courses:
GRMN 101Elementary German I4
GRMN 102Elementary German II4
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Overseas Coursework

Complete the following courses and field work at the University of Potsdam:27-30
Complete one of the following field courses run by the University of Potsdam:
BP 15 (Field Course - France)
BW01 (Field Course - Norway)
BW02 (field Course - Alps)
Complete 4 of the following courses offered by the University of Potsdam:
Regional Geology
Paleoclimate @ Quaternary Geology
Analysis of Geologic Maps
Analytic Geochemistry
Natural Hazards
Tectonophysics & Rheology
Sedimentary Systems & Stratigrahic Geomorphology
Tectonics and Geodynamics
Complete 2 additional cognate science courses at the University of Potsdam
Total Hours27-30

Minimum Required Grade: C-