B.S. Subprogram in Earth System Science

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B.S. Subprogram in Earth System Science

Preparation for the major:

  • Chem 1210, General Chemistry 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1151, Calculus 1, 5 credit hours
  • Math 1152, Calculus 2, 5 credit hours
  • Biology 1113, Energy Transfer and Development, 4 credit hours
  • Physics 1250, Mechanics, Thermal Physics, Waves, 5 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1121, The Dynamic Earth, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 1122, Earth through Time, 4 credit hours
  • Earth Sciences 2245, Introductory Data Analysis for Earth and Environmental Sciences, 4 credit hours

and complete either:

  • Chem 1220, General Chemistry 2 or Physics 1251, E&M, Optics, Modern Physicss, 5 credit hours

with a minimum of 2 additional courses (6-10 credit hours) in sciences and mathematics, chosen from:

  • Chem 1220 and above, if not used above
  • Math 2153 and above
  • Physics 1251 and above, if not used above
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate & Global Warming
  • Geog 5200, Cartography and Map Design

Other options require approval by an SES advisor.
Note: Where available, an Honors offering can be substituted for the equivalent non-Honors course listed in the Preparation for the Major.

Core requirements:

Complete 4 of the following courses, including at least 2 lab courses, total minimum 30 credit hours

  • Earth Sciences 4450, Water, Ice and Energy in the Earth System, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & Chemistry 1210 or Physics 1250
  • Earth Sciences 4502, Stratigraphy and Sedimentology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 1122
  • Earth Sciences 5206, Advanced Oceanography, 3 credit hours, prereq: Earth Sciences 1100 or 1105 or 1121 or graduate standing or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5550, Geomorphology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 & 1122 or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5621, Introduction to Geochemistry, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 4 standing in Earth Sciences or related field and Chemistry 1220 or above or permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 5651, Hydrogeology, 4 credit hours with lab, prereq: Earth Sciences 1121 and Math 1151
  • Earth Sciences 5655, Land Surface Hydrology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1152 or above; Chemistry 1210 or above; and Physics 1250 or above

and complete the following course

  • Earth Sciences 4999.01 (H), 1 graded credit hour, prereq:  Rank 4 in Earth Sciences & permission of instructor

Complete each of the following 3 requirements:
1) Complete at least 3 semester credits of Internship, Research, and/or Field Experience from one or a combination of the following: 

  • Earth Sciences 5191, Internship in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 or above & permission of instructor
  • Earth Sciences 4998(H), Undergraduate Research in the Earth Sciences, 3 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 or above & permission of instructor
  • An approved field course (e.g., Earth Sciences 5602.02, 5670, 5189.01) 

2) Complete at least 2 Earth Sciences courses (minimum of 6 semester credits) at the 4000-level or above, or at least 1 Earth Sciences course at the 4000-level or above (minimum of 3 semester credits) and GEOSCIM 5781
(Note: Earth Sciences 5580, 5584, and 5189.03, 5189.04, 5189.05, 5189.06 cannot be used to satisfy B.S. requirements)

3) Complete at least 2 courses (minimum of 6 semester credits) from outside Earth Sciences, chosen from the following list:
(Other courses require approval by an SES advisor)

  • Geog 3900, Global Climate Change: Causes and Consequences , 3 credit hours
  • Geog 3901, Global Climate and Environmental Change, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 3980, Biogeography: An Introduction to Life on Earth, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5900, Weather, Climate and Global Warming (if not used to satisfy Preparation for the Major), 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5801, Environmental Conservation, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5802, Globalization and Environment, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5210, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 3 credit hours
  • Geog 5223, Design and Implementation of GIS, 3 credit hours, prereq: Geography 5210
  • ATMOSSC 2940, Basic Meteorology, 3 credit hours, prereq: Math 1151 and Physics 1250
  • EEOB 4950, Field Ecology 2 credit hours, prereq: Rank 3 standing or above; 12 semester hours of biological sciences or permission of instructor
  • EEOB 3310, Evolution 4 credit hours, prereq: Bio 1114 or 1114H
  • EEOB 5420, Aquatic Ecosystems: Ecology of Inland Waters 1.5 credit hours, prereq: EEOB 3410
  • EEOB 3410, Ecology 4 credit hours, prereq: Bio 1114 or 1114H
  • AEDECON 2001, Principles of Food and Resource Economics 3 credit hours
  • AEDECON 4310, Environmental and Natural Resource Economics 3 credit hours, prereq: AEDE 2001 or Econ 2001
  • AEDECON 4320/ INTSTDS 4320, Energy, the Environment, and the Economy, 3 credit hours, prereq: AEDE 2001 or Econ 2001
  • ENVENG 3200, Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1210
  • ENVENG 2100, Environmental Engineering Analytical Methods, 3 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1210 and 1220
  • CIVILEN 5001, Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems, 4 credit hours, prereq: CE 2050 or written permission of instructor.
  • ENR 3000, Soil Science, 3 credit hours
  • ENR 3280, Water Quality Management, 2 credit hours
  • ENR 4260, Soil Resource Management 3 credit hours, prereq: ENR 3000 or permission of instructor
  • ENR 2367, Communicating Contemporary Environmental and Natural Resource Issues, 3 credit hours
  • INTSTDS 4800, Cultural Diplomacy, 3  credit hours, prereq: Rank 2 or above, or permission of instructor
  • CHEM 2210 or 2210H, Analytical Chemistry 1: Quantitative Analysis, 5 credit hours, prereq: Chemistry 1220 and Math 1151