Geoscience at Iowa is a nationally ranked program recognized for state-of-the-art equipment, an enthusiastic faculty, and abundant opportunities for undergraduate research projects. Career opportunities are readily available for geoscience graduates. Professional geologists work in resource companies, environmental corporations, educational institutions, conservation agencies, urban planning, state and federal geological surveys, and government resource and research organizations.

Student Responsibilities

Review the responsibilities required to become and remain eligible for the 2 Plus 2 Guaranteed Graduation Plan.

Student Responsibilities

Iowa Western Community College checkpoints
  • Complete the fourth level of a single world language as needed for Iowa's General Education Program.
  • In consultation with an advisor, select one chemistry sequence:
    • CHM 166 General Chemistry I
    • CHM 176 General Chemistry II

      -- OR --

    • CHM 122 Introduction to General Chemistry
    • CHM 132 Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
  • In consultation with an advisor, select 10 semester hours of college-level mathematics as suggested by math placement, including computer science and statistics, from the following:
    • MAT 129 Precalculus
    • MAT 130 Trigonometry
    • MAT 156 Statistics
    • MAT 211 Calculus I
    • MAT 217 Calculus II
    • MAT 220 Calculus III
    • MAT 225 Differential Equations
  • Complete PHS 172 Physical Geology.
  • Complete all requirements for the AA degree.
  • When transferring to Iowa, present a cumulative transfer grade-point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 from all colleges attended.
University of Iowa Checkpoints
  • Complete the UI courses required for this major, as specified in the UI General Catalog.
  • Complete at least half of the remaining semester hours needed for your major and degree during each of your two years at Iowa. (A total of 35 semester hours is required for the geoscience major and 120 semester hours for the BA degree.)

A current schedule of UI courses is available online via Iowa Student Information Services (MyUI).