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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Earth and Mineral Sciences

Earth Sciences

University College: Penn State DuBois
University Park, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EARTH)

PROFESSOR PETER J. HEANEY, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

This major provides a comprehensive program in environmental sciences based on a strong emphasis in earth sciences. It is especially directed toward study of the problems that arise from the complex interaction of man's technological and social activities with the natural environment. Graduates are in demand for positions in government, industry, and consulting. Professional activities include gathering and evaluating data on environments; management and coordination of specialized programs in environmental control and modification; and industrial and government planning. Suitable choices of courses may qualify students for graduate work in several fields.

For the B.S. degree in Earth Sciences, a minimum of 123 credits is required.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(21 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)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 99-101 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (31 credits)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
BIOL 110(4) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (36 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 15 credits of introductory earth science from the following list (courses may not double count with minor requirements): EARTH 002 GN(3), EARTH 101 GN(3), EARTH 103 GN(3), EARTH 105 GN(3), METEO 003 GN(3), METEO 022(2), GEOG 030 GS;IL(3), GEOG 110 GN(3), GEOG 111 GN(3), GEOG 115 GN(3), GEOG 160(3), GEOSC 001(3), GEOSC 021 GN(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 1-6)
Select 15 credits[1] of advanced earth science from the following list (courses may not double count with minor requirements): GEOG 430(3), GEOG 438W(3), GEOG 412W(3), GEOSC 204(4), GEOSC 320(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402W(3), GEOSC 416(3), METEO 300(4), METEO 431(3), METEO 475(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits of writing-intensive courses from within Earth and Mineral Sciences to include, but not limited to: GEOG 412W(3), GEOG 310W(3), GEOSC 402W(3), GEOSC 470W(3), METEO 471W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (32-34 credits)
Select 3-4 credits of advanced math, statistics, computer science in consultation with an adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of field, laboratory experience in consultation with an adviser (Sem: 5-8)
Select 8-9 credits in other approved courses (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 18 credits[1], in consultation from an adviser, from one of the following Earth and Mineral Sciences interdisciplinary minors:
CLIMATOLOGY
MARINE SCIENCE
WATERSHEDS & WATER RESOURCES
EARTH SYSTEMS
GLOBAL BUSINESS STRATEGIES FOR EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL INDUSTRIES

[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: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-05-017

Review Date: 1/20/04

UCA Revision #1: 8/3/06

Department Head Change: 4/12/05

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