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(Archive) Geosciences (GEOSC)

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Begin Date: Spring Semester 2000
End Date: Spring Semester 2000

Geosciences (GEOSC) - (ARCHIVE)

PROFESSOR TANYA FURMAN, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and their application to deciphering the evolutionary history of the Earth and its life; to discovering and developing natural resources such groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solving technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; and to predicting geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism.

The major provides a broad foundation in the physical and natural sciences, and, together with specialized knowledge of the solid Earth, can produce a graduate prepared for immediate employment or for graduate school. A senior thesis is required for all students.

For the B.S. degree in Geosciences, a minimum of 122 credits is required.

GENERAL OPTION: This option is designed to provide sufficient flexibility so that the student has the opportunity to prepare for graduate school by focusing on specialized areas in the geosciences. The option's flexibility also permits students to develop a broad background in the geosciences in preparation for post-graduate majors that require breadth, such as environmental law.

HYDROGEOLOGY OPTION: This option helps prepare the student for entry-level positions in environmental agencies and firms where a specialized knowledge of groundwater and related areas is required. The option is also appropriate for students wishing to pursue and advanced degree in the area of hydrogeology.

GEOSCIENCES MINOR: Students must take GEOSC 001(3), 020 GN(3), or 071(3); GEOSC 002 GN(3) and 470W(3). Select 9 additional credits from GEOSC 004(3) or 201(4) and 300- and 400-level GEOSC courses (6 of these 9 credits must be at the 400 level), for a total of 18 credits.

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

GENERAL EDUCATION: 46 credits
(15 of these 46 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 91 credits
(This includes 15 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses and 6 credits of GQ courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 61 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (61 credits)
MATH 140 GQ(4), 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 012 GN(3), 013 GN(3), 014 GN(1), 015 GN(1), PHYS 211 GN(4), 212 GN(4), 213 GN(2), 214 GN(2) (Sem: 1-4)
GEOSC 001(3) [if GEOSC 001 is not available, GEOSC 020 GN(3) may be substituted] (Sem: 1-6)
GEOSC 201(4)[1], 202(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
GEOSC 203(4)[1], 310(4)[1], 465(4)[1], 472(6) (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 494W(3), 496(1) (Sem: 7-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 30 credits

GENERAL OPTION: 30 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits from 300- and 400-level GEOSC courses: GEOSC 303(3), 340(3), 402(3), 416(3), 421(3), 422(3), 423(4), 424(3), 426(3), 434(3), 439(3), 440(3), 451(3), 452(3), 454(3), 461(3), 470W(3), 471(3), 489(4) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 3 credits of biology, computer science, mathematics [above the level of MATH 141 GQ(4)], or statistics (Sem: 3-6)
Select 12 credits, in consultation with adviser, supportive of the student's interest (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 3-8)

HYDROGEOLOGY OPTION: 30 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSE (3 credits)
GEOSC 452(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (18 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 201C GQ(3), 201F GQ(3), 203 GQ(4), STAT 250 GQ(3) [if STAT 250 is not available, STAT 200 GQ(4) may be substituted], or 451 (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from CHEM 034(3), 451(3), GEOSC 412(3), 419(3), or 457(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from GEOSC 340(3), 439(3), 454(3), 484(3), or GEOG 352(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from SOILS 101(3), 415(3), or A S M 327(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits, in consultation with adviser, supportive of the student's interest. (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC) (Sem: 3-8)

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[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


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The University reserves the right to change the requirements and regulations listed here and to determine whether a student has satisfactorily met its requirements for admission or graduation, and to reject any applicant for any reason the University determines to be material to the applicant's qualifications to pursue higher education. Nothing in this material should be considered a guarantee that completion of a program and graduation from the University will result in employment.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-02-014

Review Date: 10/12/99

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