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Earth Science, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
Harrisonburg, VA, United States
The B.A. in Earth Science degree from James Madison University presents high-quality programs of specialized study focusing on earth materials, internal and external earth processes, analysis of earth history, and application of geology to environmental and engineering issues. 
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Overview

The B.A. in Earth Science degree from James Madison University seeks to foster the ability to think analytically and to communicate both within the discipline and with non-scientists. Course work and research experiences prepare the student for postgraduate study or professional careers that are subject to rapidly changing societal needs.

Second, we are committed to enhancing general education by offering timely and challenging courses that provide insight into earth processes and human-environment interactions. These courses promote life-long liberal learning by fostering critical thinking and an awareness of natural science.

Carrers

Many graduates choose typical career paths associated with this major. However, some graduates choose nontraditional career fields that utilize skills and experiences developed during their years in college. Keep in mind, that some fields will require graduate study or further training. The listing below offers examples of possible career paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.

  • Aerial Photographer
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Cartographer
  • Cooperative Extension Agent
  • Earth Science Teacher
  • Economic Geologists
  • Energy Resource Geologist
  • Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Environmental Engineer
  • Environmental Geologist
  • Field Technician
  • Geochemist
  • Geologist
  • Geophysics Technician

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

     15/01/2020  National Deadline 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Physical Geology Laboratory 
  • History and Philosophy of the Geosciences
  • Introduction to Oceanography
  • Evolution of Earth
  • Writing and Communicating in the Geosciences
  • Meteorology
  • Genesis of Solid Earth Materials
  • Earth Surface Processes 
  • Stratigraphy, Structure, and Tectonics
  • Oceanography for Teachers
  • Contemporary Issues in the Geosciences

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    80

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Successful completion of the equivalent of a US secondary education
  • Minimal 2.5 GPA (Grade Point Average) - equivalent to 80% or a 'B-' average
  • Diploma or certification of graduation from High School in your home country
  • Undergraduate applicants who intend to major in theater, dance, music and studio art must also submit a portfolio and/or arrange an audition.

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24150 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 24150 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7250 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7250 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Harrisonburg

  • 1050 - 1720 USD/month
    Living Costs

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