Environmental Geosciences - BS

The increasing demands that population growth and affluence put on the natural resources and the Earth’s environment require greater numbers of trained professionals and informed citizens. The BS degree in Environmental Geosciences embraces all the disciplines of geosciences to give the student a rigorous interdisciplinary education including issues associated with environmental policy. The degree trains students for employment by industry, environmental and engineering consulting firms, non-governmental organizations, and governmental regulatory agencies, among other entities. Students focus coursework in a particular environmental theme: coastal and marine environments, water, human impact on the environment, climate change, or biosphere.
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
BIOL 111Introductory Biology I 4
ENGL 104Composition and Rhetoric 3
GEOS 101Introduction to the Geosciences 11
GEOS 105Introduction to Environmental Geoscience 3
MATH 151Engineering Mathematics I 4
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
BIOL 112Introductory Biology II 4
MATH 152Engineering Mathematics II 4
POLS 206American National Government 3
Creative arts elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Second Year
Fall
Select one of the following: 34
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
CHEM 101
CHEM 111
Fundamentals of Chemistry I
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory I
4
GEOG 201Introduction to Human Geography 3
Language, philosophy and culture elective 23
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Spring
Select one of the following: 34
Weather and Climate
and Weather and Climate Laboratory
 
Planet Earth
and Planet Earth Lab
 
Principles of Geology  
Oceanography
and Oceanography Laboratory
 
CHEM 102
CHEM 112
Fundamentals of Chemistry II
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory II
4
POLS 207State and Local Government 3
Communication elective 3
 Term Semester Credit Hours14
Third Year
Fall
GEOG 330Resources and the Environment 3
PHYS 201 or PHYS 218College Physics or Mechanics 44
STAT 303 or STAT 211Statistical Methods or Principles of Statistics I 53
Environmental theme elective 63
Technical elective 73
Select one of the following:
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing  
Laboratory Methods in Atmospheric Sciences  
Data Analysis in Geography  
Remote Sensing in Geosciences  
Workshop in Environmental Studies  
Field Geography  
Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
GIS Practicum  
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy  
Introduction to Geological Field Methods  
Geologic Field Trips  
GNSS in the Geosciences  
Near-surface Geophysics  
Mathematical Modeling of Ocean Climate  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOG 390Principles of Geographic Information Systems 84
GEOL 420Environmental Geology 3
American history elective 3
Environmental policy elective 93
Select one of the following:
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  
U.S. Environmental Regulations  
Principles of Economics  
Principles of Economics  
Microeconomic Theory  
Economics of Resource Scarcity  
Economic Geography  
Introduction to Urban Geography  
Geography of Energy  
Political Geography  
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues  
Environmental Justice  
Environmental Ethics  
Politics of Energy and the Environment  
Environmental Impact Assessment  
Environmental Sociology  
Building Better Cities  
Issues in Environmental Quality  
Urban Issues  
Environmental Health Planning and Policy  
Sustainable Communities  
Environmental theme elective 63
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Fourth Year
Fall
GEOS 470Data Analysis Methods in Geosciences 3
American history elective 3
Environmental theme elective 66
Technical elective 74
Select one of the following:
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing  
Laboratory Methods in Atmospheric Sciences  
Data Analysis in Geography  
Remote Sensing in Geosciences  
Workshop in Environmental Studies  
Field Geography  
Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
GIS Practicum  
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy  
Introduction to Geological Field Methods  
Geologic Field Trips  
GNSS in the Geosciences  
Near-surface Geophysics  
Mathematical Modeling of Ocean Climate  
 Term Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
GEOS 405Environmental Geosciences 3
Environmental policy elective 93
Select one of the following:
Environmental and Natural Resource Economics  
U.S. Environmental Regulations  
Principles of Economics  
Principles of Economics  
Microeconomic Theory  
Economics of Resource Scarcity  
Economic Geography  
Introduction to Urban Geography  
Geography of Energy  
Political Geography  
Geographic Perspectives on Contemporary Urban Issues  
Global Science and Policy Making  
Environmental Ethics  
Politics of Energy and the Environment  
Environmental Impact Assessment  
Environmental Sociology  
Building Better Cities  
Issues in Environmental Quality  
Urban Issues  
Environmental Health Planning and Policy  
Sustainable Communities  
Environmental theme elective 66
Technical elective 73
Select one of the following:
Computer Applications in the Atmospheric Sciences  
Satellite Meteorology and Remote Sensing  
Laboratory Methods in Atmospheric Sciences  
Data Analysis in Geography  
Remote Sensing in Geosciences  
Workshop in Environmental Studies  
Field Geography  
Advanced GIS Analysis for Natural Resources Management  
Dynamic Modeling of Earth and Environmental Systems  
Advanced Topics in GIS (Geographic Information Systems)  
GIS Practicum  
Sedimentology and Stratigraphy  
Introduction to Geological Field Methods  
Geologic Field Trips  
GNSS in the Geosciences  
Near-surface Geophysics  
Mathematical Modeling of Ocean Climate  
 Term Semester Credit Hours15
 Total Semester Credit Hours: 120
1

Freshmen entering the program take a first year seminar, GEOS 101. The choice is not restricted. Students transferring or changing majors into the program, who have not taken GEOS 101, are required to take GEOS 481 in their junior or senior year.

2

It is recommended to select a course that also fulfills an International and Cultural Diversity requirement.

3

Choose one introductory College of Geosciences course in the first semester and an additional one in the second semester of the sophomore year. Seek guidance from the academic advisor for Environmental Programs in Geosciences (ENVP) or your faculty mentor.

4

PHYS 218 is recommended for the Coastal and Marine Environment Theme. 

5

STAT 211 is recommended for the Coastal and Marine Environment Theme.

6

Choose 18 hours of theme courses in your junior and senior years in consultation with your academic advisor or faculty mentor from the list below.

GEOS 484 can be taken for up to 6 credits and will normally be used as an adjustment to theme electives, but depending on the content of the internship credit, it can be applied as an adjustment to your technical electives or policy electives. Seek guidance from the ENVP academic advisor.
7

Other courses which match the Environmental Programs’ technical electives definition will be allowed by adjustment. Guidance about technical electives (including the definition used by the Environmental Programs in Geosciences) can be found on the programs’ website. Seek guidance about choices from the ENVP academic advisor or faculty mentor.

8

GEOG 390 is a required technical elective. 

9

Seek guidance about choices from the ENVP academic advisor or faculty mentor.

Two courses in the degree plan must be writing intensive courses designated by the Environmental Programs in the schedule of classes. Also, international and cultural diversity electives (6 hours) must be incorporated into the degree. 

Environmental Theme Electives
Climate Change
GEOS 210Climate Change3
GEOS 444The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change3
PHYS 202College Physics4
Select the remaining courses from the following:
ATMO 324Physical and Regional Climatology3
or GEOG 324   or Global Climatic Regions 
ATMO 363Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution3
ATMO 463Air Pollution Meteorology3
GEOG 442/GEOS 442Past Climates3
GEOL 305Paleobiology3
GEOL 306Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
GEOL 451Introduction to Geochemistry3
GEOS 401Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery3
GEOS 410Global Change3
GEOS 442/GEOG 442Past Climates3
GEOS 484Internship6
OCNG 401Interdisciplinary Oceanography 13
OCNG 410Physical Oceanography3
OCNG 440Chemical Oceanography3
Coastal and Marine Environments
GEOG 370/MARS 370Coastal Processes3
OCNG 401Interdisciplinary Oceanography 13
Select the remaining courses from the following:
GEOG 331Geomorphology3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
GEOL 306Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
GEOL 440Engineering Geology3
GEOS 401Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery3
GEOS 444The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change3
GEOS 484Internship6
OCNG 350Marine Pollution3
OCNG 410Physical Oceanography3
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography3
OCNG 425Microbial Oceanography3
OCNG 430Geological Oceanography3
OCNG 440Chemical Oceanography3
WFSC 418Ecology of the Coastal Zone3
WFSC 425Marine Fisheries3
WFSC 428Wetland Ecosystem Management4
Human Impact on the Environment
GEOS 410Global Change3
GEOG 430Environmental Justice3
Select the remaining courses from the following:
ATMO 326Environmental Atmospheric Science4
ATMO 363Introduction to Atmospheric Chemistry and Air Pollution3
GEOG 309Geography of Energy3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
GEOG 401Political Geography3
GEOL 301Mineral Resources3
GEOL 410Hydrogeology3
GEOL 440Engineering Geology3
GEOL 451Introduction to Geochemistry3
GEOS 401Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery3
GEOS 430Global Science and Policy Making3
GEOS 444The Science and Politics of Global Climate Change3
GEOS 484Internship6
OCNG 350Marine Pollution3
SENG 321Industrial Safety Engineering3
URPN 361Urban Issues3
WFSC 420Ecology and Society3
Water
GEOG 434Hydrology and Environment4
GEOL 410Hydrogeology3
Select the remaining courses from the following:
AGSM 335Water and Soil Management3
AGSM 337Technology for Environmental and Natural Resource Engineering3
ATMO 251Weather Observation and Analysis3
ATMO 335Atmospheric Thermodynamics3
ATMO 352Severe Weather and Mesoscale Forecasting3
ATMO 443Radar Meteorology3
ATMO 324Physical and Regional Climatology3
or GEOG 324   or Global Climatic Regions 
ESSM 301Wildland Watershed Management3
ESSM 306Plant Functional Ecology and Adaptation3
GEOG 331Geomorphology3
GEOG 360Natural Hazards3
GEOG 400Arid Lands Geomorphology3
GEOL 440Engineering Geology3
GEOL 451Introduction to Geochemistry3
GEOS 401Polar Regions of the Earth: Science, Society and Discovery3
GEOS 484Internship6
OCNG 350Marine Pollution3
OCNG 401Interdisciplinary Oceanography 13
OCNG 425Microbial Oceanography3
OCNG 440Chemical Oceanography3
SCSC 455Environmental Soil and Water Science3
SCSC 458Watershed and Water Quality Management3
Biosphere
GEOG 335Pattern and Process in Biogeography3
GEOL 305Paleobiology3
OCNG 420Biological Oceanography3
Select the remaining courses from the following:
BIOL 214Genes, Ecology and Evolution3
BIOL 357
BIOL 358
Ecology
and Ecology Laboratory
4
GENE 302
GENE 312
Principles of Genetics
and Comprehensive Genetics Laboratory
4
GENE 412Population and Ecological Genetics3
GEOG 435Principles of Plant Geography3
GEOG 442/GEOS 442Past Climates3
GEOS 484Internship6
MEPS 316Introduction to Theory and Practice of Plant Physiology3
OCNG 401Interdisciplinary Oceanography 13
OCNG 425Microbial Oceanography3
SCSC 301Soil Science4
1

 Students who have taken OCNG 251 cannot take OCNG 401.

Two courses in the degree plan must be writing intensive courses designated by the Environmental Programs in the schedule of classes. Also, international and cultural diversity electives (6 hours) must be incorporated into the degree.