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BS in Geology: Environmental Geology Emphasis
(74–75 hours*)



Increasing concern with environmental degradation and natural geologic hazards has led to a demand for geologists who are both well grounded in the fundamentals of the science of geology and specifically prepared to address environmental problems. This degree prepares students for careers either in the environmental services industry or government or for advanced studies.

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  1. No D credit is allowed in major courses.
  2. Complete the following:
  3. Complete two hours (four enrollments) of the following:
  4. Complete two courses from the following:
      CE EN 351 : Environmental Engineering. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      CE EN 351 : Environmental Engineering. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter
      PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105
      DESCRIPTION: Environmental concerns, problems, and evaluation methodology; pollution control and engineering management approaches; material balance and separations; reactor design.

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      GEOL 405 : Applied Mathematics in the Geological Sciences. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GEOL 405 : Applied Mathematics in the Geological Sciences. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: MATH 113 & GEOL 111
      RECOMMENDED: Geol 230.
      DESCRIPTION: Provides a broad survey of mathematical methods that are relevant for geological problems. Focuses on casting geological problems in mathematical terms and solving them. Strong emphasis on setting up equations and on the quality of written solutions.

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      GEOL 411 : Geomorphology and Remote Sensing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GEOL 411 : Geomorphology and Remote Sensing. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: GEOL 111; or GEOL 330
      DESCRIPTION: Interpretive analysis of landforms and their geologic significance. Use of aerial/satellite images of Earth and other planets, topographic/bathymetric maps, multi-wavelength image data. Field trips.

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      GEOL 440 : Solid Earth Geophysics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GEOL 440 : Solid Earth Geophysics. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
      PREREQUISITE: PHSCS 106 & MATH 112 & GEOL 111
      DESCRIPTION: Physics of the earth, including earthquake seismology. Gravity, seismic, magnetic, electrical, and heat flow properties and methods.

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      GEOL 535 : Contaminant Hydrogeology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      GEOL 535 : Contaminant Hydrogeology. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Winter Even Yrs.
      PREREQUISITE: Geology 435 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION: Principles, tools, and applications used to solve heavy metal, organic, and radionuclide groundwater contamination problems. Topics include regulations, mass transport, multiphase flow, transformation, retardation, and attenuation.

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      PWS 303 : Soils Conservation and Resources. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PWS 303 : Soils Conservation and Resources. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
      PREREQUISITE: PWS 282 & CHEM 105; or PWS 282 & CHEM 101; PWS 100 or equivalent; Math 110 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Geol 111.
      DESCRIPTION: Taxonomy of world soils; conservation and management of agricultural, wildland, wetland, and urban soils.

      Course Outcomes


  5. Complete the following:
      ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      ENGL 316 : Technical Communication. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring Contact Department; Summer Contact Department
      PREREQUISITE: First-year writing, junior or senior status.
      DESCRIPTION: Effective processes of written, oral, and visual technical communication, including collaborative processes. Writing for academic and professional audiences.
      NOTE: Carries GE Advanced Written and Oral Communication credit.

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      MATH 112 : Calculus 1. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      DESCRIPTION: Differential and integral calculus: limits; continuity; the derivative and applications; extrema; the definite integral; fundamental theorem of calculus; L'Hopital's rule.

      Course Outcomes
               
      : Honors Calculus 1.
      Course Outcomes



      MATH 113 : Calculus 2. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Math 112.
      DESCRIPTION: Techniques and applications of integration; sequences, series, convergence tests, power series; parametric equations; polar coordinates.

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      PHSCS 105 : General Physics 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHSCS 105 : General Physics 1. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring
      PREREQUISITE: High school algebra and trigonometry.
      RECOMMENDED: Concurrent enrollment in Phscs 107.
      DESCRIPTION: Applied physics course not requiring calculus. Mechanics, heat, wave motion, and sound.

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      PHSCS 106 : General Physics 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      PHSCS 106 : General Physics 2. (3:3:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
      PREREQUISITE: Phscs 105 or equivalent.
      RECOMMENDED: Concurrent enrollment in Phscs 108.
      DESCRIPTION:  Continuation of Phscs 105. Electricity and magnetism, modern physics, and optics

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      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      STAT 121 : Principles of Statistics. (3:3:1)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
      OFFERED: Independent Study also; Honors also.
      WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
      RECOMMENDED: MATH 110 or equivalent.
      DESCRIPTION:  Stemplots, boxplots, histograms, scatterplots; central tendency, variability; confidence intervals and hypothesis testing involving one and two means and proportions; contingency tables, simple linear regression.

      Course Outcomes
               
      : Honors Principles of Statistics.
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  6. Complete one of the following options:
      Either
        CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 105 : General College Chemistry. (4:5:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Math 110 (or equivalent) or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Atomic and molecular structure including bonding and periodic properties of the elements; reaction energetics, electrochemistry, acids and bases, inorganic and organic chemistry.
        NOTE: Primarily for students in engineering and biological sciences. Three lectures and two recitation sections per week.

        Course Outcomes


        CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 106 : General College Chemistry. (3:4:0)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: CHEM 105; or CHEM 111
        DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 105 but covering most of the topics in a more quantitative way. Detailed treatment of thermodynamics and equilibria.
        NOTE: Three lectures and one recitation section per week.

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        CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 107 : General College Chemistry Laboratory. (1:0:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall; Winter; Spring; Summer
        PREREQUISITE: Chem 106 or Chem 112 or concurrent enrollment.
        DESCRIPTION: Chemical properties, chemical reactions, collection and interpretation of data, preparation of reports.
        NOTE: Required for most students needing one year of general chemistry.

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      Or
        CHEM 111 : Principles of Chemistry. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 111 : Principles of Chemistry. (4:3:3)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        OFFERED: Honors also.
        WHEN TAUGHT:Fall
        PREREQUISITE: Math 110 or equivalent.
        RECOMMENDED: High school chemistry, physics, and introductory calculus or concurrent enrollment in Math 112.
        DESCRIPTION: Stoichiometry, kinetic-molecular theory, thermodynamics, states of matter, solutions and equilibria, electrochemistry, structure and bonding, chemical reactions, kinetics.
        NOTE: Tutorial included.

        Course Outcomes
                 
        : Honors Principles of Chemistry.
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        CHEM 112 : Principles of Chemistry. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        CHEM 112 : Principles of Chemistry. (3:3:2)(Credit Hours:Lecture Hours:Lab Hours)
        WHEN TAUGHT:Winter
        PREREQUISITE: Chem 111 or Chem 105 or equivalent.
        DESCRIPTION: Continuation of Chem 111.
        NOTE: Tutorial included.

        Course Outcomes


  7. All students are required to construct a portfolio of their work that includes samples of their writing, scientific data analysis, and presentations--both oral and written. The porfolio will be evaluated during the semester before graduation.

*Hours include courses that may fulfill university core requirements.



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