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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Geobiology

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

PROFESSOR PETER J. HEANEY, Associate Head for Undergraduate Programs

Geobiology is the interdisciplinary study of the Earth and it biosphere. It embraces the history of life and its interactions with the Earth over geologic time; it also includes study of interactions between living organisms and physical and chemical processes in the modern environment on Earth, and possibly elsewhere in the universe. Thus, geobiology encompasses the fields of paleobiology and paleontology, biogeochemistry, geomicrobiology, and astrobiology. The degree program provides students with a strong background in general science and especially in Geosciences and Biology, with core selections from both disciplines. Students gain practical field experience in the study of the physical environment and ecological properties. The senior thesis provides students with hands-on research experience, as well as an emphasis on data synthesis and the written expression of scientific observations and ideas. Students will be well prepared for advanced studies in this emerging discipline, and for careers in the environmental sciences. Geobiology is critical to the study of environmental quality, global change and environmental-human health interactions, all of which have profound importance in legal, economic, and policy arenas.

For the B.S. degree in Geobiology, a minimum of 121 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 ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

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

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.)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (54 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4)[1], EM SC 100S GWS(3)[71], MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1), PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 213 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), GEOSC 204(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
GEOSC 310(4)[1] (Sem: 5-6)
GEOSC 494W(3), GEOSC 496(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (13-14 credits)
ENGL 015 GWS(3) or ENGL 030 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
Select 4 credits from GEOSC 202(4), GEOSC 203(4) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3-4 credits from BIOL 230W GN(4), BIOL 240W GN(4), MICRB 201(3) (Sem: 3-6)
Select 3 credits of field experience from BIOL 444(3), GEOSC 472A(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (29-30 credits)
Select 17-18 credits, in consultation with advisor, supportive of the student's interest. (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC) (Sem: 3-8)
Select 12 credits, at least 3 credits from each category, from the approved list of evolution, paleobiology and geology courses and biogeochemistry courses (Sem: 7-8)

[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: Summer Session 2007

Blue Sheet Item #: 35-01-129

Review Date: 8/29/06

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

Department Head Changed: 4/12/05

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