Department of Earth Sciences
Newton Horace Winchell School of Earth Sciences


Bachelor of Science (BS) Program in Environmental Geosciences

Environmental geoscience is the study of processes within, and interactions between, the atmosphere, the ocean and the land that determine the habitability and sustainability of the planet. In short, it is the branch of geoscience that is concerned with the interactions between humans and the geologic environment. This major covers natural processes that have been modifying the planet over its entire history, but with a strong focus on understanding the modern system and how it has been affected by human activities. Students earning a major in Environmental Geoscience will develop key observational and analytical skills that enable them to address fundamental questions about the functioning of geoscience systems, especially in relation to hydrology and water quality, soils, mineral resources, and climate change. This major is particularly well suited to those interested in pursuing geoscience careers in environmental, geological and hydrogeological consulting, industry, and local, state, and federal government agencies. In addition to acquiring a foundation in the geologic processes that govern water, soil, and natural resource development, students will gain a range of transferable skills, including: written and oral reports; critical analysis and interpretation of data; and group work.

 

Requirements for a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Geoscience

Prerequisites for Admission to the major in CSE:

  • Calculus I -  MATH 1371 (4 cr), or MATH 1271 (4 cr), or MATH 1571H (4 cr)
  • Chemical Principles I - CHEM 1061 (3 cr), or CHEM 1071H (3 cr)
  • Chemical Principles I Lab - CHEM 1065 (1 cr), or CHEM 1075H (1 cr)
  • Introductory Physics - PHYS 1301W (4 cr), or PHYS1401W (4 cr)
  • Mineralogy - ESCI 2301 (3 cr)

 

Required classroom-based courses:

  • Calculus II:  MATH 1372 (4 cr), or MATH 1272 (4 cr), or MATH 1572H (4 cr)
  • STAT 3011 (4 cr), or STAT 3021 (3 cr), or STAT 3022 (4 cr)
  • ESCI 2201 - Solid Earth Dynamics (4 cr)
  • ESCI 3303W - Geochemical Principles (4 cr)
  • ESCI 4501 - Structural Geology (3 cr)
  • ESCI 3891 - Field Methods (2 cr)
  • ESCI 4602 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3 cr)
  • SOIL 2125 - Basic Soil Science (4 cr)
  • ESCI 4203 - Environmental Geophysics (3 cr)
  • ESCI 4701 - Geomorphology (4 cr)
  • ESCI 4401 - Aqueous Environmental Geochemistry (3 cr)
  • ESCI 4702 - General Hydrogeology (4 cr)
  • ESCI 4801 - Geomicrobiology (3 cr)
  • GEOG 3561 - Principles of Geographic Information Science (4 cr)
  • ESCI 5805 - Standards and Practices for Professional Geoscientists (3 cr)

 

Required field-based courses:

  • ESCI 3911 - Introductory Field Geology (4 cr)
  • ESCI 4911 – Advanced Field Geology (4 cr), or ESCI 4971W – Field Hydrogeology (4 cr)

 

Electives:

Please take an additional 12 or more credits at the 2000-level or higher within the Earth Sciences curriculum, or from the following list of non-ESCI courses.  If a student wishes to apply a course not listed below towards this major, then they should discuss the particular course with their departmental advisor.

 

  • CEGE 3501 - Introduction to Environmental Engineering [ENV] (3 cr)
  • CEGE 4562 - Environmental Remediation Technologies (3 cr)
  • CEGE 5511 - Urban Hydrology and Water Quality (4 cr)
  • CEGE 5541 - Environmental Water Chemistry (3 cr)
  • CSCI 1113 - Introduction to C/C++ Programming for Scientists and Engineers (4 cr)
  • ESPM 3011W - Ethics in Natural Resources [CIV, WI] (3 cr)
  • ESPM 3211 - Survey, Measurement, and Modeling for Environmental Analysis (3 cr)
  • ESPM 3261 - Economics and Natural Resources Management [SOCS, ENV] (4 cr)
  • ESPM 3425 - Atmospheric Pollution: From Smog to Climate Change (3 cr)
  • GCC 3004 - The Fracking Boom: Promises and Challenges of the Hydrocarbon Renaissance [ENV] (3 cr)
  • GCC 5008 - Policy and Science of Global Environmental Change [ENV] (3 cr)
  • GEOG 3401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change [ENV] (4 cr)
  • GEOG 5426 - Climatic Variations (3 cr)
  • HSCI 3244 - Nature's History: Science, Humans, and the Environment [HIS, ENV] (3 cr)
  • HSCI 3401 - Ethics in Science and Technology [HIS, CIV] (3 cr)
  • IE 3521 - Statistics, Quality, and Reliability (4 cr)
  • PHIL 3301 - Environmental Ethics [ENV] (4 cr)
  • PUBH 6191 - Air Pollution (3 cr)
  • STAT 3021 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3 cr)
  • STAT 3022 - Data Analysis (4 cr)
  • STAT 3032 - Regression and Correlated Data (4 cr)
  • WRIT 3152W - Writing on Issues of Science and Technology [WI] (3 cr)
  • WRIT 3315 - Writing on Issues of Land and the Environment [AH, DSJ] (3 cr)