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Geosciences (GSCBS) - Archive

ARCHIVED FILE (major and minor separated November 2001)
Begin Date: Summer Session 2000
End Date: program current

Geosciences (GSCBS) - Archive

PROFESSOR TANYA FURMAN, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

The geosciences are concerned with understanding earth processes and the evolutionary history of the Earth. Geoscientists work to discover and develop natural resources such as groundwater, metals, and energy sources; to solve technology-generated environmental problems such as acid mine drainage and waste disposal; to predict geological events, such as the occurrence of earthquakes and volcanism; and to solve fundamental questions concerning, the origin and evolution of Earth and life. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression. The Bachelor of Science provides a broad foundation in the physical and natural sciences for students who seek immediate employment or post-graduate education in several areas of the geosciences. Examples of careers include the petroleum and mining industries, local or federal resource management; water resources, treatment and management; energy and environmental industries; and academia. A senior thesis involving independent research is required of all students.

For the B.S. degree in Geosciences, a minimum of 121 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), GEOSC 020 GN(3), or GEOSC 071(3); GEOSC 002 GN(3) and GEOSC 470W(3). Select 9 additional credits from GEOSC 004(3) or GEOSC 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. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

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 front of Bulletin.)

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

INTERCULTURAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETENCE:
(Included in GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 97 credits
(This includes 21 credits of General Education courses: 9 credits of GN courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 6 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 67 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (64 credits)
EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 012 GN(3), CHEM 013 GN(3), CHEM 014 GN(1), CHEM 015 GN(1), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 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], GEOSC 202(4)[1](Sem: 3-6)
GEOSC 203(4)[1], GEOSC 310(4)[1], GEOSC 465(4)[1], GEOSC 472(6) (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 494W(3), GEOSC 496(1) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)

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), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 402(3), GEOSC 416(3), GEOSC 421(3), GEOSC 422(3), GEOSC 423(4), GEOSC 424(3), GEOSC 426(3), GEOSC 434(3), GEOSC 439(3), GEOSC 440(3), GEOSC 451(3), GEOSC 452(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 461(3), GEOSC 470W(3), GEOSC 471(3), GEOSC 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), CMPSC 201F GQ(3), CMPSC 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), CHEM 451(3), GEOSC 412(3), GEOSC 419(3), or GEOSC 457(3) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 6 credits from GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 439(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 484(3), or GEOG 352(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits from SOILS 101(3), SOILS 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)

[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 courses is not offered: SPCOM 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 #: 28-07-049

Review Date: 4/11/00

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