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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Geosciences

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

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. Our degree programs stress data collection; investigation, analysis and synthesis of information related to complex natural problems; and rigor of thought and clarity of oral and written expression. The B.S. 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.

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 an advanced degree in the area of hydrogeology.

Entrance to Major Requirements:
In addition to the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirements described in the University Policies, the Geosciences entrance-to-major requirement must also be completed with a minimum grade of C: MATH 140 GQ(4). This course must be completed by the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major process is carried out.

For the B.S. degree in Geosciences, 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 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: 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): 69 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (66 credits)
BIOL 110 GN(4), 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)[1], GEOSC 202(4)[1], GEOSC 204(4) (Sem: 3-6)
GEOSC 203(4)[1], GEOSC 310(4)[1], GEOSC 465(4)[1], GEOSC 472A(3), GEOSC 472B(3) (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: 28 credits

GENERAL OPTION: (28 credits)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (14 credits)
Select 14 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 (14 credits)
Select at least 2 credits in physics from approved departmental list (Sem: 1-4)
Select 3 credits of computer science, mathematics [above the level of MATH 141 GQ(4)], or statistics (Sem: 3-6)
Select 9 credits, in consultation with adviser, supportive of the student's interest (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC.) (Sem: 3-8)

HYDROGEOLOGY OPTION: (28 credits)

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

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 3 credits from CMPSC 201 GQ(3), CMPSC 202 GQ(3), CMPSC 203 GQ(4), STAT 250 GQ(3) [if STAT 250 is not available, STAT 200 GQ(4) may be substituted] (Sem: 3-8)
Select 3 credits from A S M 327(3), E R M 450(3), SOILS 101 GN(3) (Sem: 5-8)
Select 9 credits from A and B. Students must select at least 3 credits from A and 3 credits from B.
A. CHEM 202(3), CHEM 450(3), E R M 433(3), GEOSC 413W(3), GEOSC 419(3) (Sem: 3-8)
B. ENVSE408(3), GEOG 362(3), GEOSC 340(3), GEOSC 439(3), GEOSC 454(3), GEOSC 483(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (10 credits)
Select at least 2 credits in Physics from approved departmental list (Sem: 1-4)
Select 8 credits, in consultation with advisor, supportive of the student's interest. (Students may apply 6 credits of ROTC) (Sem: 3-8)

Integrated B.S./M.S. Program in Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences offers an integrated B.S./MS. Program that is designed to allow academically superior students to obtain both the B.S. and the M.S. degree in Geosciences within 5 years of study. Students who wish to complete the Integrated B.S./M.S. Program in Geosciences must apply for admission to the Graduate School and the Integrated B.S/M.S program by the end of their junior year.

During the first three years, the student follows the course scheduling of one of the options in Geosciences; however, if a student intends to enter the Integrated B.S./M.S. program, he/she would be encouraged to take, wherever appropriate, upper level classes. By the end of the junior year,the student normally would apply for admission to the program. A decision of acceptance would be made prior to the beginning of the senior year and a M.S. Advising Committee appointed. During the senior year, the student would follow the scheduling of the B.S. Geosciences option he/she has selected, with an emphasis on completing 500-level coursework wherever appropriate. In place of the Senior Thesis, the student will complete a M.S. Thesis

During the fifth year the student will take courses fulfilling the departmental M.S. degree requirements and complete the M.S. Thesis.

Admissions Requirements

Students who wish to complete the Integrated B.S./M.S. Program in Geosciences must apply for admission to the Graduate School and the Integrated B.S./M.S program by the end of their junior year. Typical tests scores of students admitted to the Geosciences Graduate Program are: GPA 3.5, and GRE's Verbal 570 and Quantitative 700. Three letters of recommendation by faculty members for admission to graduate studies are required. The applications are reviewed by the Admissions Committee of the Geosciences Graduate Program and acted upon by the Associate Head for Graduate Programs.

The details of the program requirements can be found in the Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin.

[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 2008 (GSCBS); Summer Session 2005 (Integrated B.S./M.S.)

Blue Sheet Item #: 36-04-026 (GSCBS); 33-04-165 (Integrated B.S./M.S.)

Review Date: 1/15/08

R & T: 01/14/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06
UCA Revision #2: 7/27/07

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