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DEPARTMENT OF EARTH SCIENCES
 
Chair: Glenn R. Sebastian (251-460-6381)
Professors: Dilsaver, Isphording, Lamb (Emeritus), Wilson (Emeritus)
Associate Professors: Allison, Blackwell, Clark, Fearn, Haywick, Rivizzigno, Ryder,
Sebastian, Williams
Assistant Professor: Kimball
Instructors: Stutsman, G. Wade, R. Wade, Yokel
 
Department of Earth Sciences web site
http://www.southalabama.edu/geography
 
Geology is the study of 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, 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/or a major in meteorology.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MAJOR IN GEOLOGY
Students should complete a minimum of 47 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 4 hrs GY 112 4 hrs
GY 341 4 hrs GY 342 4 hrs
GY 343 4 hrs GY 344 3 hrs
GY 345 3 hrs GY 360 4 hrs
GY 371 4 hrs GY 480 6 hrs
7 hours of geology electives 7 hrs    
  Total 47    
 
Additional requirements from other disciplines
CH 131 CH 132 PH 114 PH 115
GEO 102 MA 125 MA 126  
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 the related sciences minor requires: 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. An overall GPA 2.0 is required for the major.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GEOLOGY MAJORS
Areas I, II, and III of the General Education Requirements for Geology are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences. Note that Area IV requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
 
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 (Related Sciences Minor)
1st Year Fall   1st Year Spring  
GY 111
4
  GY 112
4
CH 131
4
  CH 132
4
MA 125
4
  MA 126
4
EH 101
3
  EH 102
3
Total
15
  Total
15
 
2nd Year Fall   2nd Year Spring  
GY 341
4
  GY 342
4
PH 114
5
  PH 115
5
SS 1
3
  SS 2
3
GEO 102
4
  CA 110
3
Total
16
  Total
15
 
3rd Year Fall
3rd Year Spring
GY 343
4
  GY 345
3
HUM 1
3
  HUM 3
3
HUM 2
3
  SS 3
3
GY 344
3
  FL 2
3
FL 1
3
     
Total
16
  Total
12
 
4th Year Fall
4th Year Spring
GY 371
4
  GY 360
4
GY Elec 1
4
  GY Elec 2
3
HUM 4
3
  SS 4
3
BY 101
4
  BY 102
4
Art 1
3
  Art 2
3
Total
18
  Total
17
 
4th Year Summer
     
GY 480
6
     
 
Major Hours
46
     
Minor Hours
8-21
     
       
HUM = Humanities    
SS = Social Sciences    
FL = Foreign Language    
PE = Physical Education    
Art = Fine and Performing Arts    
 
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.
A. Geography Major Requirements (46 HRS)
  Core requirements for a geography major:
  GEO 101
4 hrs
  GEO 102
4 hrs
  GEO 114
3 hrs
  GEO 115
3 hrs
  GEO 330
3 hrs
  GEO 332
4 hrs
  GEO 435
3 hrs
  GEO 480
4 hrs
  Total
28 hrs
   
     
B. One additional natural science course, one additional social science course outside of geography, ST 210, and CIS 150.
   
C. Select six courses (for at least 18 hrs) from a minimum of three 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
           
D. 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.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GEOGRAPHY MAJORS
Areas I and II of the General Education Requirements for Geography are specified in the College of Arts and Sciences. Note that a portion of Area III (GEO 114, GEO 115) and the Natural Sciences portion of Area IV (GEO 101, GEO 102, ST 210) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
 
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 to four hours of electives. Students may meet the meteorology elective requirement by taking one or more course(s) from another track(s) or from additional meteorology offerings.
The meteorology degree also requires MA 125, 126, 227, 238, PH 201, 202; ST 315 and CIS 120 with lab or MET 492 (Computer Applications in Meteorology).
 
Meteorology Major Requirements (45 HRS)
A. Meteorology Core Courses:
  MET 341
3 hrs
  MET 353
4 hrs
  MET 354
3 hrs
  MET 355
3 hrs
  MET 356
3 hrs
  MET 357
2 hrs
  MET 454
6 hrs
  MET 455
6 hrs
  Total
30 hrs
   
   
   
B. Select 2 - 4 hours of electives in Meteorology or courses listed in the tracks.
   
C. Select one group:
  Group 1 - Basic Meteorology Track:
  GEO 332
4 hrs
  MET 358
3 hrs
  GY 475
4 hrs
   
  Total
11 hrs
   
   
  Group 2 - Industrial Meteorology Track:
  MGT 300
3 hrs
  MET 492***
2 hrs
  MKT 320
3 hrs
  GY 475
4 hrs
  Total
12 hrs
   
   
  Group 3 - Broadcast Meteorology Track:
  CA 241
3 hrs
  CA 250
3 hrs
  CA 244
3 hrs
  MET 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
   
     
**
TV weather seminar
***
Industrial meteorology seminar
   
D. 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.
 
GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR METEOROLOGY MAJORS
Areas I, II, and III of the General Education Requirements for Meteorology are specified on page 46 (College of Arts and Sciences section). Note that Area IV requirements (Mathematics and Natural Sciences) are fulfilled by the major requirements specified above.
 
REQUIREMENTS FOR A MINOR IN METEOROLOGY
A student must take 20 semester hours of Meteorology, including GEO 101, MET 353, MET 341 and 9 semester hours of electives from MET 342, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 401, 402, 492 (Tropical Meteorology Seminar) and 492 (Computer Applications in Meteorology Seminar).
 
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.
 
 
 
 
 


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