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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Geosciences

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

PROFESSOR PETER J. HEANEY, 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. The Bachelor of Arts degree program stresses data collection; investigation, analysis and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression. The B.A. provides a basic education in geosciences, and is designed for students who wish to prepare themselves for careers that interface among science, social science, and business. Examples of these careers include environmental law, national and international planning or resource management, and K-12 teaching.

For the B.A. degree in Geosciences, a minimum of 120 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 or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

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

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: 24 credits
(3 of these 24 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, GENERAL EDUCATION, or ELECTIVES and 0-12 credits are included in ELECTIVES if foreign language proficiency is demonstrated by examination.)
(See description of Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements in this bulletin.)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 72 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 (10 credits)
EMSC 100 GWS(3)[71] (Sem: 1-2)
GEOSC 1(3)[1] [if GEOSC 1 is not available, GEOSC 20 GN(3) may be substituted] (Sem: 1-6)
GEOSC 201(4)[1] (Sem: 3-6)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (48-51 credits)
ENGL 15 GWS(3) or ENGL 30 GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
MATH 140 GQ(4) or MATH 110 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)
GEOSC 310(4)[1] or GEOSC 320(3)[1] (Sem: 3-6)
GEOSC 202(4), GEOSC 203(4), or GEOSC 204(4) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 20 credits--two of the following sequences for 8 credits each and the third sequence for 4 credits:
-BIOL 110 GN(4), BIOL 220W GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
-CHEM 110 GN(3), CHEM 111 GN(1), CHEM 112 GN(3), CHEM 113 GN(1) (Sem: 1-4)
-PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4) (Sem: 1-4)
Note: PHYS 211 GN(4), PHYS 212 GN(4), PHYS 213 GN(2), PHYS 214 GN(2) may substitute for up to 8 credits in Physics for students with MATH 140 GQ(4), MATH 141 GQ(4).
Select 2-4 credits of advanced mathematics in consultation with an adviser; list includes MATH 111 GQ(2), MATH 141 GQ(4), STAT 200 GQ(4), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 2-6)
Select 6 credits from 300- and 400-level GEOSC courses (Sem: 5-8)
Select 3 credits of appropriate field/laboratory experience in consultation with adviser (Sem: 6-8)
Select 3 credits of writing-intensive courses from within Earth and Mineral Sciences to include, but not limited to: GEOG 412(3), GEOG 310(3), GEOSC 402(3), GEOSC 470(1-6), METEO 471(3) (Sem: 6-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (11-14 credits)
Select 11-14 credits in consultation with adviser.
(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 course is not offered: CAS 100 GWS or ENGL 202C GWS can be substituted for EMSC 100 GWS.

 

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2000

Blue Sheet Item #: 28-05-014

Review Date: 10/8/02

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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