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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Sciences


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OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Earth Sciences B.A.

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: ERS majors must have a “C-” or better in all ERS courses.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Minimum Number of credits in departments other than Earth Sciences: 72

Contact Information: Alice R. Kelley, Undergraduate Coordinator, 111 Bryand Global Science Center, 207-581-2056, akelley@maine.edu


OVERVIEW OF DEGREE REQUIREMENTS - Earth Sciences B.S.

Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0.

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: ERS majors must have a “C-” or better in all ERS courses.

Other GPA requirements to graduate: None.

Contact Information: Alice R. Kelley, Undergraduate Coordinator, 111 Bryand Global Science Center, 207-581-2056, akelley@maine.edu


The Department of Earth Sciences offers B.A. degree in Earth Sciences  and a B.S. degree with an Earth Systems or Climate Systems concentration.  Our program also provides a wide range of courses accessible to the non-major interested in the Earth and our environment. Our curriculum is designed to prepare majors for careers in Earth Science-related fields as well as to provide all students with the knowledge they need to address future environmental challenges. Our website, http://www.umaine.edu/earthsciences, describes career opportunities in detail, the role of Earth Science in society, and what to expect as a major.

Our courses focus on the fundamental physical and chemical processes that shape the surface and interior of our planet - today, prehistorically, and into the future. Specific content areas include climate change, geodynamics (e.g., plate tectonics and mountain-building), marine geology and coastal processes, environmental geology, and Earth materials (e.g., ice, rocks, and minerals). The curriculum is designed so that many upper division courses are available to students without extensive prerequisites. We also encourage students to become involved in faculty and graduate student research projects. We welcome students in the Honors College to pursue a B.A. or B.S. degree in Earth Sciences and focus their honors thesis on an Earth Science topic.

Several of our courses satisfy General Education requirements:
Applications of Scientific Knowledge - ERS 100, 103,104, 108, 110, 240
Lab in the Basic or Applied Sciences - ERS 101, 102, 110/111, 200, 201
Population and the Environment - ERS 102, 103, 108, 110, 121, 201, 441
Writing Intensive - ERS 315, 316, 441

A B.A. or B.S. Earth Sciences graduate is prepared to enter directly into education, industry, or federal and state agencies. A B.S. is typically required to enter graduate school in Earth Sciences. All ERS students must complete the University General Education requirements, a group of required core courses (ERS 100 or ERS 101 or ERS 102 or ERS 103; ERS 200; ERS 201; ERS 312; ERS 315; ERS 317; ERS 499), and  ancillary  mathematics and science requirements specific to their program. A wide range of elective courses are available for each program.

B.A. students are also required to complete ERS 316, ERS 330, and 12 credits of ERS courses at the 200 level or above.  Ancillary requirements for the B.A. are: MAT 126; CHY 121/123; PHY 111 or PHY 121.  University regulations stipulate that B.A. students must complete 72 credits outside the Department of Earth Science. 

BS Students with an Earth Systems Concentration are also required to complete ERS 316, ERS 330, and 12 credits of ERS courses at the 200 level or above. Ancillary requirements for the B.S. are: MAT 126; MAT 127; MAT 232; CHY 121/123; CHY 122/124; PHY 111 or PHY 121; PHY 112 or PHY 122; COS 125 or COS 215 or COS 220 or ERS 350 or ERS 420. The requirements leave sufficient opportunity for students to complete a minor in another field.

BS Students with a Climate Systems Concentration are also required to complete ERS 121, SMS 100, BIO 100, ERS 240 and 15 credits of electives from an approved list of courses (see Department website). Ancillary requirements for the B.S. are: MAT 126; MAT 127; MAT 232; CHY 121/123; CHY 122/124; PHY 111 or PHY 121; PHY 112 or PHY 122; COS 125 or COS 215 or COS 220 or ERS 350 or ERS 420.. The requirements leave opportunity for students to complete a minor in another field.

Suggested curriculum for B.S. in Earth Sciences (15 Credits/Semester)


Suggested Curriculum for a BS in Earth Sciences, with an Earth Systems Concentration
(for students pursuing a BA, electives can replace courses that are not required). Note that many upper division ERS courses are offered only in alternate years.
 

First Year - First Semester


First Year - Second Semester


Second Year - First Semester


Second Year - Second Semester


Third Year - First Semester


Third Year - Second Semester


Third Year - Summer


Fourth Year - First Semester


  • Electives (may include ERS Electives) - Credits: 12-15
  • General Education Requirement (if necessary) - Credits: 3

Fourth Year - Second Semester


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