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2020-2021 Academic Catalog (August 2020 - July 2021) 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog (August 2020 - July 2021) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Geosciences (BS)

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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 curriculum includes a comprehensive geology core that qualifies graduates to apply for licensure as a professional environmental geologist through ASBOG (Association of State Boards of Geology).  Students will acquire field, laboratory, and computer skills necessary for long-term employment in the environmental, engineering, geospatial, energy, and geologic workforce.

The degree requires successful completion of 120 semester hours, including: (1) the General Education Program  (26-29 hours beyond the Environmental Geosciences major); and (2) the multidisciplinary Requirements  (A-D below) in geology, geospatial science, cognate science, and mathematics (55-63 hours).  The curriculum leaves students with 28-39 hours of open electives.  Students may select additional introductory and advanced courses in geography, geology, and other STEM fields or non-science disciplines to fulfill the open electives.  The science and mathematics cognate requirements overlap other STEM degrees and permits completion of a double major or additional minors.  Consult with the geoscience faculty for current advice.

Environmental Geosciences Major Requirements

55-63 Hours

C. Geospatial Science (6 Credit Hours)

D. Science and Mathematics Cognate (17-23 Credit Hours)


Six (6) credit hours of additional upper-level coursework in BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS (numbered between 300-449) may be substituted for any one GEOL or GEOG course; twelve hours may be substituted for two (2) GEOL or GEOG courses.

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

**Students in need of accessibility accommodations or unable to conduct field work or travel may petition for an appropriate course substitution or virtual field experience.

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