Environmental, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences

Environmental Geoscience Option

The Environmental Geoscience option is designed for students who have an interest in the physical environment, but desire a broader preparation than that of the traditional geology major. The focus is on Earth Systems Science and a strong geoscience core is supplemented by additional courses in the biological sciences and geographical information systems. A suite of technical electives allows the student, in consultation with his/her advisor, to further deepen his/her understanding of a particular area of Earth Systems Science. Students who follow this program will not only be prepared for entry into the traditional areas of geological employment (petroleum and mining) but also for the expanding opportunities in hydrogeology, hazardous waste assessment and management, groundwater remediation, wetlands delineation and evaluation, and environmental management. Students who graduate from this option are also well prepared to continue their education at the graduate level in the geosciences or environmental sciences.

General Education courses (24 credits)

Basic Science and Mathematics courses (35 credits):

Calculus I (4 credits), Calculus II (4 credits), Math elective (3 credits)
Chemistry 1 + Lab (4 credits), Chemistry II + Lab (4 credits)
General Physics I + Lab (4 credits), General Physics II + Lab (4 credits)
Principles of Biology I + Experimental Biology I (4 credits), Principles of Biology II + Experimental Biology II (4 credits)

Core Science courses (41 credits):

87.101 Environmental Science Seminar 1 credit
87.102 Environmental Problems Seminar 1 credit
87.201 Principles of Earth & Environmental Systems I 3 credits
87.203 Principles of Earth & Environmental Systems I Lab 1 credit
87.202 Principles of Earth & Environmental Systems II 3 credits
87.204 Principles of Earth & Environmental Systems II Lab 1 credit
89.314 Hydrogeology 3 credits
89.315 Environmental Geochemistry 4 credits
89.315 Principles of Ecology 3 credits
89.317 Principles of Ecology Lab 2 credits
87.301 GIS in Earth and Environmental Sciences 3 credits
89.307 Earth Materials I 3 credits
89.309 Earth Materials I Lab 1 credit
89.308 Earth Materials II 3 credits
89.310 Earth Materials II Lab 1 credit
89.319 Surface Processes 3 credits
89.321 Surface Processes Lab 1 credit
89.331 Earth History 3 credits
89.333 Earth History Lab 1 credit

Science Electives (12 - 20 credits):

Four courses selected in consultation with the Academic Advisor. Courses that can be used for these electives are listed below. Courses not listed below may be used upon written approval by the department chair.

Geoscience:

89.304 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 3 credits
89.306 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology Laboratory 1 credit
89.322 Structural Geology 3 credits
89.324 Structural Geology Laboratory 1 credit
89.341 Environmental and Engineering Geology 3 credits
89.352 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy 3 credits
89.354 Sedimentation and Stratigraphy Laboratory 1 credit
89.424 Regional Hydrogeology 3 credits
89.452 Advanced Geochemistry 3 credits
89.456 Applied Geophysics 3 credits
89.495 Honors Research Geology 3 credits
89.501 Paleoclimatology 3 credits

Biology:

81.301 Microbiology 3 credits
81.303 Microbiology Laboratory 1 credit
81.320 Botany 3 credits
81.322 Botany Laboratory 1 credit
81.404 Environmental Microbiology 3 credits
81.423 Biology of Global Change 3 credits

Chemistry:

84.221 Organic Chemistry IA 3 credits
84.229 Organic Chemistry Laboratory IA 1 credit
84.222 Organic Chemistry IIA 3 credits
84.230 Organic Chemistry Laboratory IIA 1 credit
84.313 Analytical Chemistry I 3 credits
84.315 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory I 2 credits
84.314 Analytical Chemistry II 3 credits
84.316 Analytical Chemistry Laboratory II 2 credits
84.344 Physical Chemistry I 3 credits
84.346 Physical Chemistry Laboratory I 2 credits
84.345 Physical Chemistry II 3 credits
84.347 Physical Chemistry Laboratory II 2 credits

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