Academic Programs Catalog

College of Natural Science

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program
Earth Science - Interdepartmental (this program is in moratorium Spring 2017 through Fall 2020)

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences administers the earth science—interdepartmental major, which leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. The major is designed for persons who want a broad background in geology, meteorology, oceanography, and astronomy and who want to understand the interrelationships among these fields. The general earth science concentration is designed primarily for persons who plan to teach earth science in  middle and secondary schools. The meteorology/atmospheric sciences concentration is designed primarily for persons who plan to enter a graduate program in meteorology/atmospheric sciences.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth Science—Interdepartmental

  1. The University requirements for bachelor's degrees as described in the Undergraduate Education section of this catalog; 120 credits, including general elective credits, are required for the Bachelor of Science degree in Earth Science—Interdepartmental.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Earth Science—Interdepartmental major is met by completing Geological Sciences  401 for the General Earth Science concentration and Geography 403 for the Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences concentration. Those courses are referenced in item 3. c. below.

    Students who are enrolled in the College of Natural Science may complete the alternative track to Integrative Studies in Biological and Physical Sciences that is described in item 1. under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement.  Certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be used to satisfy the alternative track.
  2. The requirements of the College of Natural Science for the Bachelor of Science degree.

    The credits earned in certain courses referenced in requirement 3. below may be counted toward College requirements as appropriate.
  3. The following requirements for the major:
    a. All of the following courses (21 credits):
    AST 207 The Science of Astronomy 3
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    GLG 303 Oceanography 4
    GLG 304 Physical and Biological History of the Earth 4
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    b. One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):
    (1) CEM 141 General Chemistry 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    (2) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    c. One of the following concentrations (28 to 38 credits):
    General Earth Science (28 to 30 credits)
    (1) Both of the following courses: 
    GLG 321 Mineralogy and Geochemistry 4
    GLG 401 Plate Tectonics 4
    (2) One of the following courses:
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    (3) One of the following groups of courses:
    (a) PHY 231 Introductory Physics I 3
    PHY 232 Introductory Physics II 3
    PHY 251 Introductory Physics Laboratory I 1
    PHY 252 Introductory Physics Laboratory II 1
    (b) PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    (4) One of the following courses:
    GEO 306 Environmental Geomorphology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 4
    (5) A minimum of 6 credits from the following courses:
    AST 303 Planetary System Astronomy 3
    AST 312 Observational Astronomy 1
    ENT 319 Introduction to Earth System Science 3
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 405 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GEO 424 Advanced Remote Sensing 4
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    GLG 422 Aquatic and Marine Organic Geochemistry (W) 3
    GLG 434 Evolutionary Paleobiology 4
    PLB 335 Plants Through Time 3
    Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences (35 to 38 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses:
    GEO 403 Dynamic Meteorology (W) 3
    GEO 405 Weather Analysis and Forecasting 4
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    MTH 235 Differential Equations 3
    PHY 183 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I 4
    PHY 184 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II 4
    (2) One of the following courses:
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    The course selected to meet this requirement may also satisfy requirement (3) below.
    (3) Three of the following courses:
    GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
    GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 4
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    Geography 402 or 409 may also be used to satisfy requirement (2) above.