Undergraduate Degree - Earth Science - Interdepartmental

Program:
Earth Science - Interdepartmental
Program Code:
3611 Earth Science
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FQ69
End Term:
SS17
Department:
Department of Geological Sciences


Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Natural Science

Interdepartmental Degree Programs

Undergraduate Program
Earth Science - Interdepartmental

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. 


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Earth Science - Interdepartmental, BS (3611)

Required Credits: 120    Program Version: FS16

Requirement 1: University Tier I Writing
University Tier I Writing: 1 course from WRA101, WRA195H, LB133, MC111, MC112, RCAH111

Requirement 2: University Mathematics
University Mathematics: The required number of courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
MTH2: 1 course
At least 1 course from LB118, MTH110, MTH116, MTHRQMT, MTHWAIV1, MTHWAIV2, Mathematics Pre-Matriculation, Mathematics Post-Matriculation
MTH1: 2 courses
At least 1 course from MTH103, MTH103WAIV
At least 1 course from MTH112, MTH114, MTH124, MTH132, MTH152H, MTH201, STT200, STT201

Requirement 3: University IAH201 - IAH210
University IAH201 - IAH210: 4 credits from IAH201, IAH202, IAH203, IAH204, IAH205, IAH206, IAH207, IAH208, IAH209, IAH210, RCAH201, ANY IAH BELOW 211

Requirement 4: University IAH211 or higher
University IAH211 or higher: 4 credits from IAH211A, IAH211B, IAH211C, IAH211D, IAH221A, IAH221B, IAH221C, IAH231A, IAH231B, IAH231C, IAH241A, IAH241B, IAH241C, IAH241D, IAH241E, IAH241F, IAH241G, RCAH202, TRANSFER IAH, ANY IAH211 OR HIGHER, approved LB courses

Requirement 5: University ISS200 Series
University ISS200 Series: 4 credits from ISS210, ISS215, ISS220, ISS225, ISS230, ISS235, MC201, TRANSFER ISS 200 LEVEL, ANY ISS 200 LEVEL

Requirement 6: University ISS300 Series
University ISS300 Series: 4 credits from ISS305, ISS308, ISS310, ISS315, ISS318, ISS320, ISS325, ISS327, ISS328, ISS330A, ISS330B, ISS330C, ISS335, ISS336, MC202, ANY ISS 300 LEVEL, approved LB courses

Requirement 7: University ISB
University ISB: 3 credits from ISB200, ISB201, ISB202, ISB204, TRANSFER ISB, ISB ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISB COURSE

Requirement 8: University ISP
University ISP: 3 credits from ISP203A, ISP203B, ISP205, ISP207, ISP209, ISP213H, ISP215, ISP217, ISP220, ISP221, TRANSFER ISP, ISP ALTERNATIVE TRACK, ANY 3 CREDIT ISP COURSE

Requirement 9: University Laboratory Experience
University Laboratory Experience: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
Univ Lab: 2 credits
At least 2 credits from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
Alternative: 2 credits
At least 1 credit from ISB201L, ISB208L, ISP203L, ISP205L, ISP207L, ISP209L, ISP217L, ANY 2 CREDIT ISB/ISP LAB, LAB EXPERIENCE ALTERNATIVE TRACK, TRANSFER LAB
At least 1 credit from an Alternative Track Lab credit

Requirement 10: University Diversity Distribution
University Diversity Distribution: A total 2 courses
At least 1 course from NationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing national diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
At least 1 course from InternationalIAH or ISS courses emphasizing international and multicultural diversity or both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity
Conditions:
University Diversity Distribution: No more than 1 course from IAH or ISS emphasizing both national diversity and international and multicultural diversity in Requirement(s) 10

Requirement 11: Major - Earth Science - Astronomy
Major - Earth Science - Astronomy: 1 course from AST207

Requirement 12: Major - Earth Science - Meteorology
Major - Earth Science - Meteorology: 1 course from GEO203

Requirement 13: Major - Earth Science - Dynamic Earth
Major - Earth Science - Dynamic Earth: 1 course from GLG201

Requirement 14: Major - Earth Science - Oceanography
Major - Earth Science - Oceanography: 1 course from GLG303

Requirement 15: Major - Earth Science - History of the Earth
Major - Earth Science - History of the Earth: 1 course from GLG304

Requirement 16: Major - Earth Science - Calculus
Major - Earth Science - Calculus: 1 course from MTH132

Requirement 17: Major - Earth Science - Chemistry
Major - Earth Science - Chemistry: A total 3 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM141, CEM142, CEM161
CEM151, CEM152, CEM161

Requirement 18: Major - Earth Science - Concentration
Major - Earth Science - Concentration: The required number of credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
General Earth Science: 28 credits
At least 3 credits from MTH133, STT200, STT201, STT231, STT421
At least 3 credits from GLG412, GLG306
At least 8 credits from PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252, PHY183, PHY184
At least 6 credits from AST303, AST312, ENT319, GEO402, GEO405, GEO409, GEO424, GLG411, GLG421, GLG422, GLG434, PLB335
At least 8 credits from GLG321, GLG401
Meteorology/Atmospheric Sciences: 36 credits
At least 3 credits from GEO402, GEO409
At least 26 credits from GEO403, GEO405, MTH133, MTH234, MTH235, PHY183, PHY184
At least 7 credits from GEO324, GEO402, GEO409, GLG411, GLG412, GLG421

Requirement 19: Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB & ISP
Alternative Track for Integrative Studies - ISB & ISP: 1 course from BS110, BS111, BS148H, BS149H, PLB105, ENT205, MMG205, MMG301, PSL250, ZOL141, BS161, BS162

Requirement 20: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 21: Electives
Electives: 0 credits from Electives at Michigan State University and transfer coursework. This number can change based on the credits of the coursework taken to fulfill University, College, and Major requirements. Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.

Requirement 22: University Residency
University Residency: 30 credits from MSU coursework, 27 credits from MSU courses taken after reaching junior standing, 20 credits from courses offered by MSU while admitted to major & 20 of the last 30 credits must be MSU courses. Please see academic advisor.