Undergraduate Degree - Environmental Geosciences

Program:
Environmental Geosciences
Program Code:
3930 Environmental Geosciences
Program Level:
Undergraduate
Award Type:
Bachelor of Science
Start Term:
FS94
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

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Environmental Geosciences

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Geosciences

  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 Environmental Geosciences.

    The University's Tier II writing requirement for the Environmental Geosciences major is met by completing Geological Sciences 401.  That course is referenced in item 3. b. 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. The following courses outside the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (24 to 26 credits):
    (1) All of the following courses (8 credits):
    CEM 161 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
    MTH 132 Calculus I 3
    MTH 133 Calculus II 4
    (2) One of the following groups of courses (7 credits):
    (a) CEM 141 General Chemistry I 4
    CEM 142 General and Inorganic Chemistry 3
    (b) CEM 151 General and Descriptive Chemistry 4
    CEM 152 Principles of Chemistry 3
    (3) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    MTH 234 Multivariable Calculus 4
    STT 200 Statistical Methods 3
    STT 201 Statistical Methods 4
    STT 231 Statistics for Scientists 3
    STT 421 Statistics I 3
    (4) One of the following groups of courses (8 credits):
    (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
    (5) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    GEO 203 Introduction to Meteorology 3
    ZOL 303 Oceanography 4
    (6) One of the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
    GEO 324 Remote Sensing of the Environment 4
    GEO 325 Geographic Information Systems 3
    STT 464 Statistics for Biologists 3
    (7) One of the following courses (3 credits):
    GEO 435 Geography of Health and Disease 3
    ZOL 355 Ecology 3
    b. The following courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (31 credits):
    GLG 201 The Dynamic Earth 4
    GLG 304 Physical and Biological History of the Earth 4
    GLG 321 Mineralogy and Geochemistry 4
    GLG 401 Global Tectonics and Earth Structure (W) 4
    GLG 411 Hydrogeology 3
    GLG 412 Glacial Geology and the Record of Climate Change 4
    GLG 421 Environmental Geochemistry 4
    GLG 431 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (W) 4
    The completion of GLG 401 satisfies the department’s capstone course requirement.
    c. One course from each of the following areas (9 or 10 credits):
    Geophysical Systems
    CE 421 Engineering Hydrology 3
    GEO 409 Global Climate Change and Variability 3
    GLG 413 Groundwater Contamination 3
    GLG 471 Applied Geophysics 4
    GLG 481 Reservoirs and Aquifers 3
    Geochemical Systems
    CE 481 Environmental Chemistry - Equalibrium Concepts 3
    CEM 251 Organic Chemistry I 3
    CSS 455 Pollutants in the Soil Environment 3
    Geobiological Systems
    ENT 319 Introduction to Earth Systems Science 3
    FW 420 Stream Ecology 3
    MMG 425 Microbial Ecology 3
    MMG 426 Biogeochemistry 3
    d. Additional credits in Geological Science courses at the 300-400 level to total 40 credits.  The credits that are used to satisfy this requirement may be used to satisfy either the requirements for the geological sciences major or the requirements for the environmental geosciences major, but not both of these requirements.
    Plant Biology 335 and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics 426 may be used to satisfy either the requirements for the major or the requirements referenced under the heading Graduation Requirements in the College statement, but not both of those requirements.

Concentration in Geophysics

A concentration in geophysics is also available. Students must complete all of the following courses. Courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the concentration may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geosciences. The concentration will be noted on the student’s transcript. 

GLG  470 Principles of Modern Geophysics 3
GLG  471 Applied Geophysics 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


Degree Requirements from Degree Navigator.

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Environmental Geosciences, BS (3930)

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 - Environmental Geosciences - Chemistry Lab
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Chemistry Lab: 1 course from CEM161

Requirement 12: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Dynamic Earth
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Dynamic Earth: 1 course from GLG201

Requirement 13: Major - Environmental Geosciences - History
Major - Environmental Geosciences - History: 1 course from GLG304

Requirement 14: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geochemistry
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geochemistry: 2 courses from GLG321, GLG421

Requirement 15: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Global Tectonics and Earth Structure (W)
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Global Tectonics and Earth Structure (W): 1 course from GLG401

Requirement 16: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Hydrogeology
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Hydrogeology: 1 course from GLG411

Requirement 17: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Glacial Geology
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Glacial Geology: 1 course from GLG412

Requirement 18: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Tier II
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Tier II: 1 course from GLG431

Requirement 19: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Calculus
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Calculus: 2 courses from MTH132, MTH133

Requirement 20: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Chemistry
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Chemistry: A total 2 courses from 1 of the following sets of courses
CEM141, CEM142
CEM152, CEM151

Requirement 21: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Physics
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Physics: A total 8 credits from 1 of the following sets of courses
PHY231, PHY232, PHY251, PHY252
PHY183, PHY184

Requirement 22: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Statistics
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Statistics: 1 course from MTH234, STT200, STT201, STT231, STT421

Requirement 23: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Meteorology and Oceanography
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Meteorology and Oceanography: 1 course from GEO203, ZOL303

Requirement 24: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Demographics
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Demographics: 1 course from GEO324, GEO325, STT464

Requirement 25: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Health and Ecology
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Health and Ecology: 1 course from GEO435, ZOL355

Requirement 26: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geophysical Systems
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geophysical Systems: 1 course from CE421, GEO409, GLG413, GLG471, GLG481

Requirement 27: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geochemical Systems
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geochemical Systems: 1 course from CE481, CEM251, CSS455

Requirement 28: Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geobiological Systems
Major - Environmental Geosciences - Geobiological Systems: 1 course from ENT319, FW420, MMG425, MMG426

Requirement 29: Major Distribution
Major Distribution: 40 credits from Additional Geological Science courses used to meet the requirement of 40 credits in the major.

Requirement 30: 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 31: College Distribution
College Distribution: 30 credits from courses numbered at the 300 and 400 levels. See academic advisor.

Requirement 32: 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 33: 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.