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Degree Requirements

The completion of university and program requirements apply to all students in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree in Geosciences.

University Requirement

Computer Literacy - 3 semester hours
Water Resources
English Composition - 6 semester hours
EN 1103 - English Composition I
EN 1113 - English Composition II
Fine Arts - 3 semester hours
CO 1503 or approved substitute
(Ex.Art, Dance Music or Theater Appreciation)
Foreign Language - 6 semester hours
(Ex. Spanish I & II, French I & II, etc.)
History - 3 semester hours
Must be a general course (Ex. Western Civilization I & U.S. History etc.)
Jr/Sr Writing Course - 3 semester hours
GG 4333 - Geowriting
CO 3313 - News Writing for Elec Media
Literature - 3 semester hours
Must be a general course (Ex. American, English, or World Literature)
Mathematics - 6 semester hours
MA 1313 - College Algebra
One math Higher than College Algebra (Ex. Trigonometry or Statistics)
Natural Science - 9 semester hours
Click here to view a list of Natural Sciences
Public Speaking - 3 semester hours
CO 1003 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
CO 1013 - Intro to Communication
Social Science - 3 semester hours
Ex. Intro to Psychology, Intro to Sociology, Micro or Macro Economics
Political Science, Anthropology,etc
Electives 27 semester hours-Approx
Any course producing credit applicable towards degree

University Curriculum Total Approx. 72 semester hours

BOMP Requirements

  • GR 1114 - Physical Geography (4 semester hours)
  • GR 1123 - World Geography (3 semester hours)
  • GR 1603 - Introduction to Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4813 - Natural Hazards and Processes (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4603 - Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4633 - Statistical Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4713 - Synoptic Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4753 - Satellite & Radar Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GG 3613 - Water Resources (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4613 - Applied Climatology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4473 - Numerical Weather Prediction (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4623 - Physical Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4913 - * Thermodynamic Meteorology (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4923 - Severe Weather (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4443 - Weather Prediction I (3 semester hours)
  • GR 4453 - Weather Prediction II (3 semester hours)
  • GG 3603 - Oceanography (3 semester hours)

BOMP Curriculum Total Approx. 52 semester hours

A total of 124 semester credit hours are required for the B.S. degree in Geosciences. Course descriptions are available in the Course Catalog. Additional courses may be required for those pursuing the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist.

* Students seeking to work for the NWS or seeking the CBM should contact an advisor for program adjustments.

For questions, contact Mary Dean at Mary@geosci.msstate.edu, or 662.325.3476, or find more information at Academic Catalog.


Important Degree Reminders

  • In order to complete a baccalaureate degree, a student must satisfactorily complete all curriculum requirements with an overall "C" average or better. This applies to both transfer and MSU courses.
  • The B.S. degree in Geosciences can be awarded on the completion of no fewer than 124 semester hours.
  • The university will accept no more than 62 semester hours from a two-year institution (Community College) toward degree requirements. The remaining 62 hours needed for the degree must come from a four-year college.
  • All students must meet the 32-hour MSU residency requirement. This 32 hour upper division residency requirement will be met upon completion of the OMP curriculum.
  • Basic English, Math, and Intermediate Algebra courses do not satisfy any graduation requirement. They do not fulfill any of the English or Math graduation requirements, nor can they be counted as electives.
  • We do accept some National CLEP and Advanced Placement courses to fulfill degree requirements. Official test scores must be evaluated by MSU's Registrar's Office before credit can be awarded.
  • No more than 25% (31 semester hours) of a student's degree can be earned through Advanced Placement, CLEP, or Correspondence courses (Independent Study). In addition, no more than 20% (25 semester hours) can be earned through correspondence courses (Independent Study) and no more than 15 semester hours can be earned through Advanced Placement examinations.
  • We will accept a maximum of 2, one-hour Physical Education (PE) courses toward degree requirements.
  • We do not accept graduate course work toward undergraduate degree requirements.
  • We do not accept life experience in lieu of degree requirements.
  • For questions concerning degree requirements please contact Mary Dean by email at Mary@geosci.msstate.edu or at 662.325.3476.

Request Evaluation

Any current BOMP student interested in earning a B.S. Degree or certificate through MSU Geosciences Distance Education Department can request an official evaluation by completing and submitting an Evaluation Form.

By completing the Evaluation Form you are requesting to have your file be evaluated for the B.S. degree in Geosciences from MSU. Please know that it is your responsibility to provide MSU with all college/university transcripts in addition to any CCAF (military), or CLEP examination scores before an evaluation can be completed.

* Evaluations will not be completed until all transcripts have been provided

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