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B.S. in Geology, Environmental Track

Effective Fall 2011

The B. S. degree in Environmental Geoscience is designed to offer the student a thorough preparation for employment or additional graduate education in the environmental sciences. The focus of the program is on geologic aspects of the Earth's environment, augmented by advanced training in biology and chemistry.

Summary

Liberal Studies Requirements: 50cr
Major Requirements: 59cr
Free Electives: 11cr
Total: 120cr

Liberal Studies Requirements: (50 credits)

As outlined in the Liberal Studies section, with the following specifications by the Geoscience Department:

  • Mathematics: MATH 121: Calculus I for Business, Natural and Social Sciences
  • Liberal Studies Elective: MATH 122: Calculus II for Business, Natural and Social Sciences
  • Natural Science:
    • CHEM 111 General Chemistry I or CHEM 113 Concepts in Chemistry I
    • CHEM 112 General Chemistry II or CHEM 114 Concepts in Chemistry II

Major Requirements: (33 credits)

  • GEOS 201 Foundations of Geology
  • GEOS 202 Quantitative Methods in the Geosciences
  • GEOS 203 Surficial Processes
  • GEOS 310 Environmental Geology or GEOS 311 Geochemistry
  • GEOS 312 Hydrogeology
  • GEOS 470 Research Methods in the Geosciences
  • GEOS 480 Geoscience Seminar
  • BIOL 111 Principles of Biology I (includes lab)
  • PHYS 111 Physics I Lecture
  • PHYS 121 Physics I Lab
  • Field Geology Experience: One of the following courses
    • GEOS 303 Field Geology
    • Geoscience Field Workshop (401-402, 403-404, 405-406, 407-408)
    • Up to four credits of a summer field camp, internship, or independent study, all of which must be approved by the department, may substitute for GEOS 303 Field Geology or a Geoscience Field Workshop.

Controlled Electives (26 credits)

Only one Geoscience Field Workshop (including prerequisite 1cr Seminar) may be applied toward controlled electives. A maximum of 12 credits from non-GEOS courses may be applied toward controlled electives.

Select from the following list:

  • One 100-level or 200-level GEOS course (must have been taken before GEOS major declared)
  • Any 300-level GEOS course
  • Any 400-level GEOS course
  • Foreign Language, Intermediate Level
  • BIOL 112, 250
  • CHEM 231, 232, 322, 323, 341
  • GEOG 316, 415, 419
  • MATH 216 or 217, 241
  • PHYS 112-122, 342
  • COSC 110, 210, 250, 310, 362

For more information, see the undergraduate catalog. Students can track their progress using our degree checklists.

  • Geoscience Department
  • Walsh Hall, Room 111
    302 East Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2379
  • Fax: 724-357-6208
  • Office Hours
  • M: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:30 p.m.
  • T: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:30 p.m.
  • W: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:30 p.m.
  • Th: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • F: 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., 1:00–4:30 p.m.