2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
    Oct 17, 2018  
2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Sciences


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The Earth Sciences are concerned with the physical and chemical characteristics of minerals, rocks, ice and water, with their occurrence, arrangement, and surface expression, and with the history of Earth and its inhabitants. The curriculum provides for a basic understanding of the earth sciences and is sufficiently flexible to allow students with interests in environmental geology, geochemistry, geophysics, paleontology, and oceanography to pursue additional courses in appropriate ancillary sciences.

The Department of Earth Sciences offers a wide variety of courses for the undergraduate non-major who is looking for interesting courses to satisfy the general education science requirement and the population and the environment requirement and/or who has an interest in earth sciences, ecology and environmental sciences, global change, and the environment. Additionally, several introductory level courses are supportive of other undergraduate majors such as Civil and Environmental Engineering, Spatial Information Engineering, Ecology and Environmental Sciences, Science Education, Anthropology, Landscape Horticulture and Sustainable Agriculture.  Introductory level courses are: ERS 100, ERS 101, ERS 102, ERS 103, ERS 104, ERS 109, ERS 110, ERS 121 and ERS 140. ERS courses at the 1xx level may not be counted as upper level electives for majors in the Earth Sciences. Electives in the major must be ERS 3xx or higher.

A BA or BS Earth Sciences graduate is prepared to enter directly into industry or survey work, or to enter graduate school in geological sciences. In addition, if BIO 204, CHY 251/252, CHY 253/254 and BIO 100 are taken, the entrance requirements for medical or dental schools are met.

The concentration in Environmental Geology
The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree include: ERS 101 or 102; ERS 200; ERS 314, ERS 315, ERS 330, ERS 333, ERS 416, ERS 417, ERS 456 and one elective geological sciences course above 1XX, MAT 126/127, MAT 232, CHY 121 and 122 (plus laboratory courses CHY 123 and 124), PHY 111/112 or 121/122, and COS 120 or COS 215 or COS 220 or SIE 271 or FTY 480.   An approved summer field course is required between the junior and senior years. A concentration in Environmental Geology is possible in both the BA and BS degree programs.

Suggested curriculum for B.S. in Earth Sciences


First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Summer


  • Approved Field Course. Credits: 6
  • Fourth Year - First Semester


    Fourth Year - Second Semester


    The Bachelor of Arts in Earth Sciences


    The requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree include ERS 101 or ERS 102; ERS 314, ERS 315, ERS 330, ERS 331, ERS 332, ERS 333, ERS 416, and ERS 456, MAT 126, COS 100 or higher, PHY 111 or PHY 121, CHY 121 (plus laboratory course CHY 123). An approved summer field course is required between the junior and senior year. The specimen curriculum is somewhat flexible and may be altered for individuals with previous geological training. Special interdisciplinary programs may be arranged after consultation with the departmental undergraduate coordinator. A concentration in Environmental Geology is possible in both the BA and BS degrees.

    Suggested curriculum for B.A. in Earth Sciences


    First Year - First Semester


    Second Year - First Semester


    Second Year - Second Semester


    Third Year - Second Semester


    • Elective Credits: 15

    Third Year - Summer


  • Approved Field Course. Credits: 6
  • Fourth Year - First Semester


    Fourth Year - Second Semester


    • Elective Credits: 15

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