International Field Geosciences Joint

Bachelor of Science - International Field Geosciences Joint

College of Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 108-115

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. Most of the course work completed during the year abroad will take place at University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland. For students who satisfy all degree requirements, a joint B.S. degree in International Field Geosciences will be awarded by The University of Montana and the University College Cork.

General Education Requirements

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


Lower-Division Core12
Upper-Division Core12
Degree Electives15
Computer Science3-4
Language Requirement8
Overseas Coursework33-36
Total Hours108-115

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

Rule: Complete all of the following subcategories. 12 total credits required.

Subcategory 1

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Subcategory 2

Complete one of the following courses:4
GEO 309
GEO 443
Principles of Sedimentary Petrology
Total Hours4

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Degree Electives

Complete 15 credits of the following courses:15
GEO 305
Igneous & Metamorph Petrology
GEO 309
GEO 311
GEO 320
Global Water
GEO 327
GEO 420
GEO 433
Global Tectonics
GEO 443
Principles of Sedimentary Petrology
GEO 460
Process Geomorphology
GEO 491
Special Topics
Total Hours15

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

Note: The "test out provision" applies as administered by the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literature.

Complete one of the following language sequences:8
GRMN 101
Elementary German I
GRMN 102
Elementary German II
IRSH 101
Elementary Irish
IRSH 102
Elementary Irish II
Total Hours8

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Overseas Coursework

In addition to Geosciences coursework completed at UM, complete the following courses and field work at University College of Cork and the University of Potsdam:33-36
Complete 1 of the following formal field course modules run by University College Cork:
GL 2016 (Easter Field Course - Dingle Peninsula)
GL 3019 (Easter Field Course - Western Scotland)
ER 3002 (Easter Field Course - North Clare)
GL 4008 (Easter Field Course - Central Greece)
Another equivalent-level field course run by UCC and approved apriori by their UCC and UM advisors
While in residence at Cork, complete any 9 of the following courses in consultation with UCC and UM advisors:
Sed Processes and Petrology
Igneous and MM Petrology
Invertebrate Paleontology & Evolution
Plate Tectonics & Global Geophysics
Igneous Petrogenesis & Geochemistry
Metamorphism & Geochronology
Advanced Structural Geology
Sedimentary Environments
Stratigraphy & Geologic Maps
Environmental Geology
Terr Ecosystems Through Time
Micropaleontology & Palynology
Petroleum Geology & Basin Analysis
Applied Geophysics & Computer Applications
Advanced Igneous Petrology
Complete 1 formal upper-level Geosciences course at the University of Potsdam. Recommended are courses that focus on computer-based visualization or geoscience data using GIS or other visualization platforms.
Total Hours33-36

Minimum Required Grade: C-