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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences

The Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences offers a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.

In addition to the general requirements, including university core curriculum and college requirements, a major in Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences must complete the following:

Required Courses (Note the degree requirements change significantly starting Fall 2012. The following are the new degree requirements effective Fall 2012.

Geology Requirements (8 hours):
CourseCourse Name
GEOL 1330 and GEOL 1130 Physical Geology and Physical Geology Laboratory
GEOL 1302 and GEOL 1102
or
GEOL 1350 and GEOL 1150
Introduction to Global Climate Change and Global Climate Change Laboratory
or
Introduction to Meteorology and Introduction to Meteorology Laboratory
Biology Requirements (8 hours):
CourseCourse Name
BIOL 1361 Introduction to Biological Science
BIOL 1161 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory
BIOL 1362 Introduction to Biological Science
BIOL 1162 Introduction to Biological Science Laboratory
Chemistry Requirements (8 hours):
CourseCourse Name
CHEM 1331 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHEM 1111 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 1332 Fundamentals of Chemistry
CHEM 1112 Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory
Mathematics Requirements (15 hours):
CourseCourse Name
MATH 1431 Calculus I
MATH 1432 Calculus II
MATH 2433 Calculus III
MATH 3339 Statistics for Sciences
Physics Requirements (8 hours):
CourseCourse Name
PHYS 1321 University Physics I
PHYS 1121 Physics Laboratory I
PHYS 1322 University Physics II
PHYS 1122 Physics Laboratory II

AT LEAST 39 HOURS FROM ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTION AREAS, A OR B:

OPTION A Environmental Geosciences:

Requirements (6 hours)
CourseCourse Name
GEOL 3340 Geologic Field Methods
GEOL 3370 Mineralogy
GROUP 1 Electives (student must complete 15 hours selected from the following)
CourseCourse Name
GEOL 3331 Environmental Geology
GEOL 3338 Environmental Hydrogeology
GEOL 4331 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
GEOL 4334 Environmental Data Analysis
GEOL 4356 Environmental Science Field Research
GEOL 4365 Environmental Geochemistry
GROUP 2 Electives (student must complete an additional 18 hours of approved electives, see advisor for list)
OPTION B Atmospheric Science:

Requirements (6 hours)
CourseCourse Name
GEOL 3342 Introduction to Air Pollution
GEOL 3378 Principles of Atmospheric Science (also PHYS 3378)
GROUP 1 Electives (student must complete 15 hours selected from the following)
CourseCourse Name
GEOL 3382 Atmospheric Chemistry
GEOL 4334 Environmental Data Analysis
GEOL 4339 Biogeochemistry
GEOL 4346 Air Pollution Meteorology
GEOL 4343 Atmospheric Instrumentation
GEOL 4356 Environmental Science Field Research
GROUP 2 Electives (student must complete an additional 18 hours of approved electives, see advisor for list)
  • Other Core requirements, excluding capstone (30 hours):
  • Electives, including course(s) required for capstone (4 hours):
  • TOTAL (minimum number of hours): 120

The Bachelor of Science degree requires completion of a minimum of 120 hours, at least 36 of which are to be advanced hours. Students must earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA in all courses attempted at the university. In addition, students must earn a minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA in all courses in the major attempted at the university. Students must have no more than 6 semester hours with grades below C- in all courses attempted in the major, which includes all the GEOL courses and Group 1 and Group 2 Electives. Any student exceeding that limit must retake sufficient courses and obtain acceptable grades so that they do not exceed the two-course limit.

Capstone Requirement
All students in NSM must complete the Capstone requirement. Students may satisfy the Capstone in a number of ways, e.g. by completing an approved minor, a double major, a senior research project, a senior honors thesis, or 6 hours of NSM-designated interdisciplinary capstone courses (e.g. GEOL 3355-3360).

Departmental Requirements
No GEOL course with a grade below C- can be used as a prerequisite for a more advanced GEOL course.

Students with more than 6 hours in GEOL courses with grades below C- are not allowed to enroll in subsequent GEOL courses without written permission from the undergraduate advisor.

Note that all undergraduate majors should meet with the Faculty Advisor prior to registration each semester.

Geosciences courses are commonly offered on a one or two year cycle. Therefore it is the student's responsibility to become familiar with course scheduling and the prerequisites for courses and to consult with the undergraduate advisor regularly.