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2016-2017 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geosciences: Concentration in Geophysics with a Minor in Mathematics, B.S.


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About the Geosciences Bachelor's Program


Major in Geosciences

The undergraduate program offers a 120-credit-hour major in geosciences with a concentration in geology or geophysics. Students are required to earn at least a C in the major, minor, and adjunct courses. Successful completion of adjunct courses with a C or better is required before upper-division geoscience courses may be taken. Field work is a requirement for the B.S. degree. If this is a concern, the B.A. should be considered. However, the B.A. degree also requires field work that may be strenuous.

Geophysics Concentration (B.S.). The Bachelor of Science degree allows students to prepare for employment as a professional geophysicist or enter a graduate program in geophysics, atmospheric sciences, or related areas. Unlike geology, the geophysics concentration includes only a Bachelor of Science and requires a minor in mathematics. The courses required for the geophysics concentration are GEOL 1303 , GEOL 1101 , GEOL 2401 , GEOL 3401 , GEOL 3402 , GEOL 4101 ; either GEOL 4312  or ATMO 4312 ; GCH 3303 ; GPH 3300 , GPH 3310 , GPH 4321 , GPH 4323 ; STEM electives and geosciences electives. Adjunct courses include CHEM 1307 , CHEM 1107 ; PHYS 1408 , PHYS 2401 . The senior research project (GEOL 4312  or ATMO 4312 ) must be in a field related to geophysics or atmospheric sciences.

Recommended Sample Curriculum


First Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 16

Second Year


Fall


Total: 15

Spring


Total: 15

Third Year


Fall


Total: 14

Total: 15

Fourth Year


Fall


Total: 16

Spring


Total: 14

Total Hours: 120


Multicultural Requirement


Select from Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements . Students have the option of choosing a Creative Arts or a Social and Behavioral Sciences course that also satisfies the Multicultural requirement.

Foreign Language


A student must complete 6 hours at the sophomore level or above in a single language. The prerequisite for all sophomore language courses is credit for the freshman level. This credit can be determined through a credit by examination. The score attained on the exam will determine whether the student is placed in a second-year course, a 5-hour review course, or in some cases the first or second semester of a beginning (first-year) language course. See Arts and Sciences General Degree Requirements  for further explanation.

English Literature


Students have the option of choosing an English literature course that also fulfills the 3-hour Language, Philosophy, & Culture requirement.

Geosciences Jr/Sr Elective


Students will select major electives from a list of approved electives in geosciences and STEM fields.

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