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BA GeoSciences

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
45320 USD
National
45320 USD

Application fee

International 65 USD
National 65 USD
Department
Department of GeoSciences
Scores accepted
7

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About this course

The field of geosciences is central to many of the most pressing issues of today’s world: Earth resources and energy; natural hazards; human/environment interaction; and climate change. Through diverse coursework, small class sizes, and strong field and laboratory programs, theDepartment of Geosciences empowers students to understand how the Earth works and how to solve real-world problems.

Geoscience is a unique blend of lab experiments, field observation, data analysis, and computer modeling. Courses in geosciences apply principles of biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, and mathematics to real Earth problems, deal with length scales from global to atomic, and consider time scales from billions of years to less than a second. The flexible academic program allows students to develop individualized course of study.

Undergraduates studying geosciences often pursue careers in basic research, the energy industry, and education. Geosciences also provides a foundation for careers in applied research, environmental consulting, engineering, public policy, conservation, resource economics, environmental education, and general consulting.

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Eligibility Criteria

TOEFL

Educational Testing Service(link is external) administers the internet-based TOEFL. The Graduate School prefers scores from the iBT TOEFL. Due to the nature of the graduate admission process, the Graduate School has not set a recommended minimum score for the iBT TOEFL. Applicants who take the test in a country which does not offer the iBT TOEFL should take the PBT TOEFL.

Admitted students who score below a 28 on the speaking subsection of the TOEFL iBT will be required to take an English placement test at Princeton.  Students who do not pass the test will be required to enroll in English Language Program classes.

IELTS
IELTS is a testing arm of Cambridge University, United Kingdom ESOL examinations and the British Council. Students who wish to demonstrate English proficiency through the IELTS test should visit their website(link is external), for information about the administration of this test and how to have test results reported to Princeton in a timely fashion.

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Course Modules

 Geosciences Concentrations

  • Geoscience is a unique blend of lab experiments, field observation, data analysis, and computer modeling.  Courses in geosciences apply principles of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics to real Earth problems, deal with length scales from global to atomic, and consider time scales from billions of years to less than a second.  The flexible academic program allows students to develop individualized courses of study.

Geosciences Prerequisite Requirements:

  • All concentrators are required to take one introductory Geoscience course:  GEO 202 or GEO 203, or a Geosciences Freshman Seminar with permission of the Undergraduate Work Committee (UWC).  Students with adequate preparation may proceed directly to GEO 300-level courses with the consent of a member of the UWC, but this cannot substitute for one of the eight upper-level geosciences courses. Other introductory geosciences courses, such as GEO 102, 103, and 197 (formerly 297), are intended primarily for nonscience majors and are not ideal for students anticipating majoring in geosciences.  GEO 201 or GEO 255 (but not both) may be counted as a GEO 300-level course with permission of the UWC, but cannot substitute for GEO 202 or GEO 203. Please note that no other GEO 200 level courses or other courses satisfy this requirement.

Geosciences Core Science Requirements:

  • Students must complete two of the following core science requirements at Princeton; PHY 104, CHM 202, COS 226, MAT 202 and MOL 215. AP credits do not fulfill this requirement, but students with AP credit may choose to substitute a more advanced course to satisfy a core science requirement. For example, CHM 215 or CHM 301 could substitute for CHM 202.

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How to Apply

Required Application Components

  • A completed application form. You must submit your application through either the Common Application or the Universal College Application. The Common Application may be submitted online (preferred) or by PDF. The Universal College Application may be submitted online (preferred) or by PDF.
  • Princeton's Writing Supplement to the Common Application. If applying through the Common Application, all applicants must submit the writing supplement online (preferred) or by PDF
  • Princeton’s Supplement to the Universal College Application. If applying through the Universal College Application, all applicants must submit the supplement either online or by PDF.
  • A School Report (SR), Counselor Recommendation and transcript. The SR form is available from the Common Application and Universal College Application website. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit the SR form, along with a letter of evaluation and an official transcript. If you are using the Common Application online please note that the SR and the Counselor Recommendation are separate items. Be sure to 'invite' your counselor to complete both items.
  • Two teacher recommendations. Please ask two of your teachers from different academic areas of study to complete and send the teacher recommendation forms available on the Common Application and Universal College Application site. Choose teachers from two different areas of study.
  • A Mid-year School Report. Please ask your high school counselor or other school official to complete and submit this form, which is available on the Common Application and Universal Application site.
  • SAT Reasoning Test or ACT. Early action applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their SAT and ACT tests before the Nov. 1 deadline. Regular decision applicants should take the SAT Reasoning Test by the January test date or take the ACT with Writing by the December date.

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