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Major Requirements

Three options are available within the EES major. All provide a solid grounding in the earth and environmental sciences. The differences are in requirements for supporting sciences and mathematics and for research. Option I provides a background for careers or post-graduate work in related fields such as teaching, law, or business and for some graduate programs and employment opportunities in earth and environmental sciences. Option II prepares students well for graduate work and careers in the earth and environmental sciences. Option III (Honors) is designed for excellent, highly motivated students who want to pursue research as undergraduates.

 

The following EES courses are required for all options, and total to 32 credit hours toward the EES major:

EES 1510/1510L The Dynamic Earth: Introduction to Geological Sciences with Lab

EES 2510 Earth Systems Through Time

EES 3220W  Life Through Time

EES 3250 Earth Materials

EES 3260   Petrology

EES 3330 Sedimentology

EES 3340  Structural Geology and Rock Mechanics

EES 4961 Senior Seminar

One additional course  selected from the following: EES 2110, 4420,  4550, 4600,  4820, 4830, 6200, 6891.

 

Option I

Option I provides a background for careers or post-graduate work in related fields such as teaching, law, or business and for some graduate programs and employment opportunities in earth and environmental sciences.

Students must take one course each from two of the following groups:

Group A: Physical World

Physics I (PHYS 1601/1601L 4 hr or PHYS 1901 5 hr)

Chemistry I (CHEM 1601/1601L 4 hr)

Astronomy (ASTR 2110 3 hr)

Group B: Earth Life

Biological Sciences (BSCI 1100 4 hr; or BSCI 1510/1510L 4 hr; or BSCI 1103 4 hr; or BSCI 2218 4 hr; or BSCI 2219 4 hr; or BSCI 2238/2238L 4 hr)

Group C: Quantitative Skills

Calculus I (MATH 1100 4 hr; or MATH 1200 3 hr; or MATH 1300 4 hr)

Statistics (MATH 1010 3 hr)

 

Total: 38-41 credit hours

 

Option II

Option 2 prepares students well for graduate work and careers in the earth and environmental sciences.

 

Students must take the required EES courses plus:

Physics I (PHYS 1601/1601L 4 hr)

Chemistry I (CHEM 1601/1601L 4 hr)

Calculus I (MATH 1200 3 hr or MATH 1300 4 hr)

 

Total: 43-44 credit hours

 

Option III (Honors)

Option III (Honors) is designed for excellent, highly motivated students who want to pursue research as undergraduates.

 

Requirements for Option III are the same as for Option II plus EES 4998/4999 (4 hours). Interested students should apply to the undergraduate adviser for entry into the Honors program before the end of fall semester, junior year. A minimum of a 3.000 grade point average both overall and in the major is required for entry into the Honors program. Working closely with a faculty adviser, students in the Honors program complete a research project of interest to both the student and faculty member during the senior year. In order to graduate with honors in EES, a student must: (1) maintain a 3.000 average; (2) complete the required courses for Option II plus EES 4998 and 4999; (3) satisfactorily present the results of his/her research in written form as a senior thesis to two members of the faculty and orally to students and faculty of the department.