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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

B.S. - Environmental Geoscience

earth and environmental sciences

Classes of 2012-2013

This program serves as an excellent major for students who wish to concentrate in the sciences, but who may not be looking toward professional careers as scientists, as well as for students planning graduate work in environmentally related fields. Students concentrating in Environmental Geoscience should work out their programs closely with a departmental advisor to insure both breadth and depth in this subject area.

Students in this major must complete the following course requirements. A total of ten courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, no more than four of which may be at the 100-level. These courses must include:

(A) Each of the following four courses:
Course # Course Name Co-requisites Pre-requisites
GE 167 Environmental Geosciences I
Alternative: GE 201 and one of GE 202-208
GE 132 Exploring the Earth I GE 133
GE 220 Earth Materials GE 221 GE 132
GE 250 Environmental Geology
Alternative: GE 203 and GE 204
GE 251 GE 132

Note: GE 180 plus laboratory may substitute for GE 132-133 upon approval by, the department Undergraduate Studies Committee.

(B) Four courses from among the following, with no more than two at the 100-level:
Course # Course Name Co-requisites Pre-requisites
GE 110 Geology of National Parks    
GE 134 Exploring the Earth II GE 135 GE 132
GE 157 Oceanography GE 158  
GE 168 Environmental Geosciences II    
GE 170 Rivers and the Environment    
GE 172 Weather, Climate and Environment GE 173  
GE 174 Climate Change and Society GE 175  
GE 187 Geoscience and Public Policy    
GE 230* Introduction to Geochemistry GE 231 CH 109-110 or
permission of
the instructor
GE 264* Stratigraphy and Sedimentation GE 265 GE 132
GE 285* Introduction to Structural Geology GE 286 GE 134
GE 288* Geological Field Mapping and Methods   GE 220, GE 285
GE 297 Environmental Hydrology   GE 132
GE 335* Topics in Geobiology   Two years of
college work or
permission of
GE 380* Environmental Oceanography   GE 132 or
GE 157
GE 391* Introduction to Geophysics   GE 132,
MT 102-103,
PH 209-210
GE 398* Statistical Analysis of Scientific Data    
GE 400* Watershed Geomorphology GE 401 GE 132, calculus
and physics
GE 405 Fluid Flow and Sediment Transport    
GE 410* Site Characterization … Hazardous Waste Sites   GE 132,
MT 102-103
GE 440* Global Biogeochemical Cycles    
GE 457* Watershed Science   CH 109-110,
GE 250
GE 480 Applications of GIS GE 481  
GE 484* Aqueous Geochemistry   CH 109-110,
MT 102-103
GE 512* Isotopes in Earth Science GE 513 MT 102-103,
CH 109-110
or GE 230
GE 518* Estuarine Studies   calculus and
GE 530* Marine Geology   GE 132, calculus
and physics
GE 535* Coastal Processes   calculus and
GE 543* Plate Tectonics/Mountain Belts   GE 220, GE 285
GE 572* Geophysical Data Processing   MT 202,
PH 209-210

*Not offered every year

(C) Two additional electives

May include courses in the department numbered 300 or above, to be chosen by the student with their advisor, or courses from outside the department, approved by the departmental Undergraduate Program Committee, such as: Environmental Biology (BI 401), Plant Biology (BI 401), Principles of Ecology (BI 442), Environmental Economics (EC 278), Environmental Law and Policy (UN 256 or PO 270), and Environmental Sociology (SC 348). A geology or geophysics summer field course may be substituted for one of these elective courses. A file of summer field camp programs is kept in the department office.

(D) A full year (two semesters) of another laboratory science in chemistry, physics, or biology from among the following:
Course # Course Name Co-requisites Pre-requisites
CH 109-110 General Chemistry I and II CH 111-112  
PH 209-210 Introductory Physics I and II PH 203-204  
BI 200-201* Molecules & Cells, and Ecology & Evolution BI 204  
*or BI 202 Organisms & Populations    

Note: AP Credits cannot substitute for the laboratory science corequisite.

Other options

Students are encouraged to take additional courses in Mathematics (particularly Calculus), Chemistry, Physics and Biology. Therefore, one semester of a laboratory science, in addition to the above requirement, or Multivariable Calculus (MT 202) may be counted as an elective.

Other courses in the University pertinent to the Environmental Geosciences major may be substituted for the above requirements upon petition to, and approval by, the departmental Undergraduate Program Committee.

A geology or geophysics summer field course may be substituted for one of the courses above. A file of summer field course programs is kept in the department office.