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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Earth Science and Policy

University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EARSP)


PROFESSOR PETER J. HEANEY, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

Global climate change and environmental change on a more local scale present major challenges for our future. The solution to these problems requires people with a solid scientific understanding of natural earth/environmental systems, and also an understanding of the social, economic, and political dimensions of these problems. This major is intended to bridge the gap between the physical, natural sciences (the earth sciences) and the social sciences, with the understanding that intelligent, effective solutions to environmental problems will require people who grasp the scientific and social dimensions of environmental problems. This major is intended to produce graduates who not only grasp these problems, but who can also apply a wide array of quantitative tools and fundamental principles to generate practical solutions.

Students develop a sense of community through a set of common upper level courses and they gain practical experience through a mandatory internship course. A variety of options are offered to enable greater depth of study in aspects of science and policy related to water and land use, climate change, and energy; a general option is also available.

This major will provide an excellent preparation for careers in environmental law, environmental consulting, and non-profit organizations engaged in the science and policy of environmental issues. This major will also serve as a strong basis for postgraduate studies in environmental science and policy.

WATER AND LAND USE OPTION: This option is intended to develop a focus on the role of water and land in environmental issues, encompassing scientific, economic, and policy dimensions of groundwater and surface water resources and of land use. The Water and Land Use option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to enter the work force.

CLIMATE CHANGE OPTION: This option is intended for students who want to focus on the science and policy related to climate change, including the scientific basis for identifying, understanding, and potentially mitigating climate change. The option also develops a basis for understanding the economic costs and risks related to climate change, as well as the political dimensions. This option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to enter the work force.

ENERGY OPTION: This option is designed to provide a focus on aspects of Earth science and policy related to energy, including the origins of energy and mineral resources, the future of these resources, and the alternatives for meeting future needs. This option also provides a focus on the economics of energy systems and the political dimensions of the challenges related to our energy future. The Energy option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to enter the work force.

GENERAL OPTION: This option is intended for students who desire a broad sampling of Earth science as it relates to policy or those who desire to design their own focus within Earth science in consultation with an academic adviser. The General option is appropriate both for students who intend to pursue postgraduate degrees and for students who want to enter the work force.

For the B.S. degree in Earth Science and Policy, a minimum of 120 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits (33 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR) (See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR: (Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES: (Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM: (Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 0-2 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 106-108 credits (This includes 33 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 9 credits of GWS courses; 3 credits of GH courses; 6 credits of GS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS
): 79-81 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES
(49 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), ECON 102 GS(3), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], GEOG 126 GS;US;IL(3), PHIL118 GH(3), PL SC 001 GS(3), STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)
EARTH 202(3)[1] (Sem: 6)
E B F 472(3) [1], GEOG 364(3), GEOSC 450(3)[1] (Sem: 6-8)
EARTH 400(3), EARTH 495(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (30-32 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 083 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 110 GQ(4)[1] or MATH 140 GQ(4)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
GEOSC 001(3) or GEOSC 020 GN(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 111 GQ(2) or MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 2-3)
PHYS 211(4) or PHYS 250(4) (Sem: 2-3)
CAS 100 GWS(3) or ENGL 202C GWS(3) (Sem: 2-5)
CED 201(3) or E B F 200 GS(3) (Sem: 2-5)
Select 8 credits from: GEOSC 201(4)[1], GEOSC 202(4)[1], GEOSC 203(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 27 credits

WATER AND LAND USE OPTION: (27 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES
(27 credits) Must include one W course
Select 3 credits from: EARTH 111 GN;US(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 2-5)
Select 12 credits from: E R M 300(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 483(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431W(3), ECON 302 GS(3) (Sem: 4-8)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 439(3), PL SC/S T S 460(3), PUBPL 481(3) (Sem: 4-8)

CLIMATE CHANGE OPTION: (27 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (27 credits) Must include one W course
Select 3 credits from: EARTH 002 GN(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), METEO 003 GN(3), METEO 004 GN(3) (Sem: 2-5)
Select 12 credits from: GEOG 310W(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC/METEO 475W(3), METEO 201(3), METEO 466(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431W(3), ECON 302(3) (Sem: 4-8)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EM SC/S T S/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), PL SC/S T S 460(3), S T S 201(3) (Sem: 4-8)

ENERGY OPTION: (27 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (27 credits) Must include one W course
Select 3 credits from: EARTH 100 GN(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), EGEE 102 GN(3) (Sem: 2-5)
Select 9 credits from: EGEE 302(3), EGEE 401(3), EGEE 412(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 483(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 3 credits from: E B F 484(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select 12 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 410(3), EM SC/S T S/SOC 420(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 439(3), PL SC/S T S 460(3), S T S 201 GN(3) (Sem: 4-8)

GENERAL OPTION: (27 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES: (27 credits) Must include one W course
Select 3 credits from: EARTH 002 GN(3), EARTH 100 GN(3), EARTH 111 GN;US(3), EGEE 101 GN(3), GEOG 010 GN (3), GEOG 030 GS(3), GEOG 160 GS(3), METEO 003 GN(3), METEO 004 GN(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 2-5)
Select 12 credits from: E R M 300(3), EGEE 302(3), EGEE 412(3), FOR 455(3), FOR 470(3), GEOG 310W(3), GEOG 363(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402Y IL(3), GEOSC 409W(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 475W(3), GEOSC 483(3), METEO 466(3), SOILS 415(3), SOILS 422(3), SOILS 450(3) (Sem: 4-8)
Select a total of 12 credits from the following:
3 to 6 credits from: CED 429(3), CED 431W(3), E B F 484(3), ECON 302 GS(3), GEOG 424 US;IL(3), (Sem: 4-8)
6 to 9 credits from: CED 230(3), CED 309(3), CED 409(3), CED 410(3), E R M 411(3), GEOG 130 GS(3), GEOG 430(3), GEOG 431(3), GEOG 434(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 439(3), EM SC/S T S/SOC 420(3), PL SC 403(3), PL SC 412(3), PL SC 426(3), PL SC/S T S 460(3), PL SC 471(3), PL SC 490(3), S T S 201(3) (Sem: 4-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.
[71] The following substitutions are allowed for students attending campuses where the indicated course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EM SC 100S GWS.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 40-01-052

Review Date: 08/16/2011