B.S. Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram

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B.S. Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram

The Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram covers a wide range of topics that address both natural processes and humankind's impact on our planet, including global climate change, polar science, water quality and availability, and the impact of urbanization on the environment. 

Graduates from this program will be prepared for multidisciplinary careers in climate science, earth and environmental sciences, and sustainability.

The Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram requires 23-26 credit hours of courses in addition to the 9-10 credit hours of core courses required for all B.S. students in the School of Earth Sciences. Like all Earth Science BS Subprograms, Climate, Water, and the Environment requires the completion of an approved certificate, minor, or any second major. The Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram has a 50% overlap with the School of Earth Sciences' Hydrogeology and Marine Science Certificates, meaning that it is possible to earn one of these certificates with as little as 2 extra courses.

Required Coursework

  1. Preparation for the Major
  2. Climate, Water, and the Environment Coursework
    • Required for everyone in the Climate, Water, and the Environment Subprogram (3 units):
      • EARTHSC 4450: Water, Ice, and Energy in the Earth System (3 units)
    • One course on Earth Materials (3-4 units):
      • EARTHSC 2212: Intro to Earth Materials (4 units, lab component)
      • EARTHSC 4421: Earth Materials (3 units, lab component)
      • EARTHSC 4502: Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (4 units, lab component)
    • Two climate classes (5-6 units including at least one EARTHSC course):
      • EARTHSC 5206: Advanced Oceanography (3 units)
      • EARTHSC 5650: Glaciology (3 units)
      • GEOG 3900: Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences (3 units)
      • GEOG 3901: Global Climate and Environmental Change (3 units)
      • GEOG 5900: Climatology (3 units)
      • ENR 5268: Soils and Climate Change (2 units)
    • Two water classes (6-7 units including at least one EARTHSC course):
      • EARTHSC 5651: Hydrogeology (4 units, lab component)
      • EARTHSC 5655: Land Surface Hydrology (3 units)
      • EARTHSC 5718: Aquatic Geochemistry (3 units)
      • ENR 4285: Watershed Hydrology (3 units, lab component)
      • EEOB 5420: Aquatic Ecosystems (1.5 units)
      • ENR 3280: Water Quality Management (2 units)
      • ENR 4260: Soil Resource Management (3 units)
    • Two environment classes (6 units including at least one EARTHSC course):
      • EARTHSC 5621: Introduction to Geochemistry (3 units)
      • EARTHSC 5203: Geo-Environment and Human Health (3 units)
      • ENVENG 3200: Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering (3 units)
      • ENVENG 2100: Environmental Engineering Analytical Methods (3 units)
      • ENR 3000: Soil Science (3 units)
  3. Core required courses (7-10 units):
    • EARTHSC 2000: Preparation for Thesis and Careers in Earth Sciences (1 unit)
    • EARTHSC 2245: Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences (4 units)
    • EARTHSC 4999.01 (H): Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences (1 unit, graded)
    • EARTHSC 4999.01 (H): Undergraduate Research for Thesis in Earth Sciences (0-4 units, satisfactory/unsatisfactory)
  4. Complete at least 1 course focused on the Science of Sustainability (if not fulfilled in the preparation for the major) (3-4 units):
    • EARTHSC 2122 (L): Climate and Life over Billions of Years on Earth (4 units)
    • EARTHSC 2155: Energy and Environment (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 2203: Environmental Geoscience (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 2204: Exploring Water Issues (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 2206 (S): Principles of Oceanography (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 2210: Energy, Mineral Resources, and Society (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 3411: Water Security for the 21st Century (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 4425: Energy Resources and Sustainability (3 units)
    • EARTHSC 5663: Global Change and Sustainability (4 units)
    • ENR 2100: Introduction to Environmental Science (3 units)
    • ENR 5451: Water Policy and Governance (3 units)

 

Course schedule for 2020-2021 can be found here.

 

Advising Information

Coordinating Advisor (Earth Sciences): Professor Ashley Griffith, 381 Mendenhall Laboratory, Columbus, OH 43210; griffith.233@osu.edu.

School of Earth Sciences undergraduate advisor: Dr. Karen Royce, royce.6@osu.edu, 614-292-6961

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