Earth Sciences Major Requirements

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The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Earth Sciences is designed specifically as a second major for students in the College of Education and Human Services interested in teaching earth science in high schools. The program is tailored to meet the earth science-related objectives of high school education majors and to facilitate the timely completion of their dual requirements in the College of Education and Human Services and the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This program is not designed to prepare students for further study in science disciplines at the graduate or professional level.

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the following requirements for the Earth Sciences Major may be satisfied by taking similar coursework through Rider Approved Study Abroad Programs. Please contact your academic advisor, the GEMS department chair, and/or Rider's Center for International Education (CIE) for further information.

TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED: 51-52 (In addition to CLAS General Education Curriculum). Earth Sciences majors also will take either MTH-105: Algebra and Trigonometry or MTH-210: Calculus I to satisfy the CLAS mathematics core requirement.

1The courses, Introduction to Field Marine Sciences and The Learning and Teaching of Marine Sciences, are taught at various field stations on a rotating basis during the Summer I or Summer II terms. Introduction to Field Marine Sciences courses include:

  • Subtropical Environments; MAR-227
  • Boreal Environments; MAR-228
  • Tropical Environments; MAR-229

2MAR-580 can be used for graduate credit


Graduation with Honors in Earth Sciences is awarded in recognition of majors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in the program is by invitation of the GEMS faculty. Eligibility requirements include a minimum GPA of 3.5 in courses required for the major and the satisfactory completion of a three- or four-credit Independent Research and Study course. In addition, an honors candidate must maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.0.