College of Arts and Sciences

2000 - 2001 Bulletin Information

DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES

Chair: Glenn R. Sebastian (460-6381)
Professors: Dilsaver, Isphording, Lamb (Emeritus), Wilson (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: Allison, Clark, Haywick, Rivizzigno, Ryder, Sebastian, Williams
Assistant Professors: Blackwell, Fearn Instructors: Kimball, Tinnon-Brock
Adjunct Professors: Mueller, Sheldon

Geology is the study of the earth, its composition, and the forces that form and change it. As such, it encompasses a broad spectrum of studies and draws from the other basic sciences: chemistry, physics, and biology.

Geography, which is both a natural and a social science, studies the location, spatial distribution, and spatial interaction of Earth’s natural and human environments. Special attention is given to biogeography, climatology, environmental geography, meteorology, soil geography, cultural geography, economic geography, historical geography, and urban geography.

Meteorology is the study of atmospheric phenomena and the processes that cause weather. The science of meteorology is firmly rooted in basic physical laws governing mass, momentum, and energy. Many weather processes are simulated by complex computer models; however, accurate weather analysis and forecasting often requires meteorologists to identify and conceptualize weather patterns often missed by automated techniques.

The programs of the Department of Earth Sciences are designed to give the non-major a background in earth and atmospheric science and the human impact on the landscape as part of a general education.

A student may receive a major or minor in either geology or geography and a major in meteorology.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN GEOLOGY
Students should complete a minimum of 46 semester hours in geology. GY 111 and GY 112 are prerequisites for all other geology courses. The core requirements for a degree in Geology are listed below:

Core requirements for a geology major

GY 111
GY 341
GY 343
GY 345
GY 371
4 hrs
4 hrs
4 hrs
3 hrs
4 hrs
GY 112
GY 342
GY 344
GY 360
GY 480
4 hrs
4 hrs
2 hrs
4 hrs
6 hrs
7 hours of geology electives 7 hrs

Total 46 Hours

Additional requirements from other disciplines

CH 131
PH 114
GEO 102
MA 126
CH 132
PH 115
MA 125

Courses in statistics and computer science are strongly recommended for all geology majors.

A program in related sciences has been approved as an acceptable minor for geology majors; however, it is recommended that the student seek a traditional minor. The completion of this program includes: Biology 101 and 102 or 121 and 122; Physics 114 and 115; Chemistry 131 and 132; Mathematics through MA 126. Students seeking a minor in related sciences should be aware of the University requirement that all students must complete 32 resident hours in 300/400 level courses.

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-06 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

07 Mathematics

Satisfied with major requirements.

08 Natural Sciences

Satisfied with major requirements.

09 PE/ROTC (2 HRS) General Education Requirements.

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (46 HRS)

GY 111
GY 112
GY 341
GY 342
GY 343
GY 344
GY 345
GY 360
GY 371
GY 480

Select 7 hours: Dept. of GY
CH 131 and CH 132 or CH 141
PH 114
PH 115
GEO 102
MA 125
MA 126

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN GEOLOGY
A student must take a minimum of 20 semester hours of Geology courses including GY 111 and GY 112. GY 310, 344, 345 and 371 are recommended for students majoring in Biology. GY 341, 431 and 475 are recommended for students majoring in Chemistry. GY 305, 360 and 420 are recommended for students majoring in Physics or Mathematics. For other majors, contact the Department of Earth Sciences.

Recommended Geology Major Curriculum
1st Year

Fall Spring
GY 111
CH 131
MA 125
EH 101

Total
4
4
4
3
==
15
GY 112
CH 132
MA 126
EH 102

Total
4
4
4
3
==
15

2nd Year

Fall Spring
GY 341
PH 114
Social Science 1
GEO 102

Total
4
5
3
4
==
16
GY 342
PH 115
Social Science 2
CA 110

Total
4
5
3
3
==
15

3rd Year

Fall Spring
GY 343
Humanities 1
Humanities 2
GY 344
Foreign Language 1
Physical Education 1

Total
4
3
3
2
3
1
==
16
GY 345
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
Foreign Language 2
Physical Education 2


Total
3
3
3
3
1

==
15

4th Year

Fall Spring
GY 360
GY Elective 1
Humanities 4
BLY 101
Fine/Performing Arts 1

Total
4
4
3
4
3
==
16
GY 371
GY Elective 2
Social Science 4
BLY 102
Fine/Performing Arts 2

Total
3
3
3
3
1
==
15
 

Summer

GY 480 6

Major Hours 46
Minor Hours 8-21

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN GEOGRAPHY
A student with a major in geography must take a group of required core geography courses as well as six (6) additional upper division courses for a total of 46 semester hours. The six (6) additional upper division courses must be chosen from at least three (3) of the following categories: Human, Physical, Regional, and Technical. Geography 101 and 102 are prerequisites to all physical geography courses and Geography 114 and 115 are prerequisites to all human geography courses as listed below.

PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-06 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

07 Mathematics

Satisfied with major requirements.

08 Natural Sciences

Satisfied with major requirements.

09 PE/ROTC (2 HRS) General Education Requirements.

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (46 HRS)

Core requirements for a geography major:

GEO 101
GEO 102
GEO 114
GEO 115
GEO 330
GEO 332
GEO 435
GEO 480
Total
4 hrs
4 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
4 hrs
3 hrs
4 hrs
28 hrs

One additional natural science course, one additional social science course outside geography, ST 210, and CIS 150.
Select 6 courses from a minimum of 3 groups:
Human Geography Courses: GEO 312 3 hrs GEO 321 3 hrs GEO 365 3 hrs GEO 370 3 hrs GEO 375 3 hrs GEO 381 3 hrs
Physical Geography Courses: GEO 310 3 hrs GEO 340 3 hrs GEO 341 3 hrs GEO 410 3 hrs GEO 411 3 hrs GEO 440 2 hrs GEO 441 2 hrs
Regional Geography Courses: GEO 313 3 hrs GEO 314 3 hrs GEO 315 3 hrs GEO 320 3 hrs
Technical Geography Courses: GEO 461 4 hrs GEO 331 4 hrs GEO 420 4 hrs GEO 442 3 hrs

12 Major Residency/GPA

Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major.

13 Minor

See specific department.

15 University Residency Requirement/GPA

Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN GEOGRAPHY
A student must take 20 semester hours of Geography, including 101, 102, 114, 115, and two electives at the 300 or 400 level.

REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN METEOROLOGY

A student with a major in meteorology must take a group of required courses totaling at least 45 semester hours. Meteorology students must take a core of 30 semester hours of meteorology courses, plus one of the specialty tracks, listed below and two-four hours of electives. Students may meet the meteorology elective requirement by taking one or more course(s) from another track(s).

The meteorology degree also requires MA 125, 126, 227, 238, PH 201, 202; ST 315 and CIS 120.


PACE DEGREE PROGRAM

01-06 General Education Requirements

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

07 Mathematics

Satisfied with major requirements.

08 Natural Sciences

Satisfied with major requirements.

09 PE/ROTC (2 HRS) General Education Requirements.

See General Education Requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

11 Major (45 HRS)

Meteorology Core Courses:

MET 341
MET 354
MET 356
MET 455
MET 353
MET 355
MET 357
MET 454
Total
3 hrs
3 hrs
3 hrs
6 hrs
4 hrs
3 hrs
2 hrs
6 hrs
30 hrs

Select 2 - 4 hours from Dept of MET
MA 125
MA 126
MA 227
MA 238
MA 332
PH 201
PH 202
ST 315
CIS 150

Select one group:
Group 1 - Basic Meteorology Track: GEO 332 4 hrs; GEO 492 3 hrs; GY 475 4 hrs. Total 11 hrs
Group 2 - Industrial Meteorology Track MGT 300 3 hrs; GEO 492 2 hrs; MKT 320 3 hrs ;GY 475 4 hrs. Total 12 hrs
Group 3 - Broadcast Meteorology Track: CA 240 3 hrs ;CA 250 3 hrs ;CA 244 3 hrs ;GEO 492 2 hrs .Total 11 hrs
Group 4 - Environ. Meteorology Track: GY 475 4 hrs; GEO 461 4 hrs; GEO 310. 3 hrs Total 11 hrs

12 Major Residency/GPA Complete at least 15 semester hours in residence in major at the 300 and/or 400 level. A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in major. 13 Minor See specific department. 15 University Residency Requirement/GPA Complete at least 32 semester hours in residence at the 300 and/or 400 level. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required for graduation.

GRADUATE STUDIES
Although the Department of Earth Sciences has no graduate degree program, courses are offered at the graduate level for students enrolled in Marine Sciences and others who need such course work.
Contact the Department.

 

Descriptions of all Geology (GY) courses

Descriptions of all Geography (GEO) courses

Descriptions of all Meteorology (MET) courses

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