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2018-2019 Academic Catalog (August 2018 - July 2019) 
2018-2019 Academic Catalog (August 2018 - July 2019) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Geosciences (BS EG)

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This degree program is designed to prepare students for scientific careers or graduate study in geology and/or environmental science. The degree requires successful completion of 120 semester hours, including: (1) the General Education Program  (a foreign language is recommended but not required); (2) the multidisciplinary Core Requirements in geology, chemistry, and mathematics listed below (49-55 hours); and (3) one of the three elective concentrations listed below (8-16 hours). Students interested in graduate study in geology should complete the Physical Sciences option since most graduate programs will require one year of chemistry, one year of physics, and one year of calculus; many will also require a foreign language. Students interested in the major should begin and complete coursework in mathematics and chemistry as soon as possible.

Environmental Geosciences Major Requirements

57-71 Hours

Core Requirements:


Six hours of upper-level coursework in CHEM or PHYS (numbered between 300-449) may be substituted for any one GEOL course; twelve hours may be substituted for two GEOL courses.

7 or more hours (2 or 3 courses) of mathematics and/or computer science selected from:

 *MATH 105 or higher and/or CS 201 or higher*


Elective Concentration

Students must choose one of three options listed below:


8-16 hours

(1) Geography and Geographic Information Systems

16 Hours

10 hours from any of the following (including at least 6 hours in GEOG):

(2) Ecology and Life Sciences

16 Hours

(3) Physical Sciences

8-10 Hours***


*MATH 103   and/or MATH 104  will be waived for those students establishing “equivalent proficiency” as defined by the Department of Mathematics  (Math ACT 25 or 28).

**MATH 253  and MATH 254  recommended for geology graduate school applicants.

*** MATH 253  must be selected as part of the mathematics Core Requirement to satisfy this elective concentration.

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