Environmental Geology

Department: Geology

(This POE applies to students starting fall 2015)

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Required Courses = 29 credits
Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
ESS 100 Environmental Systems I
3
 
N
 
ESS 110
or
BI 105
Environmental Systems II

Bio Diversity & Ecology
3

3
 
N

N
 
GL 100 Introduction to Physical Geology
3
 
N
 
GL 101 Physical Geology Lab
1
coreq. GL 100
N
 
GL 202 Historical Geology
3
GL 100 & GL 101
N
 
GL 310 Structural Geology
3
GL 202 & GL 240
N
 
GL 389 Geology Professional Seminar
1
     
GL 240 Field Methods
4
GL 100
N
CW
CH 142 Integrated Chemistry: Principles I
3

corequisite CH 143

N
 
CH 143 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory I
1
corequisite CH 142
N
QS
CH 144 Integrated Chemistry: Principles II
3
CH 142 or permission, corequisite CH 145 N  
CH 145 Integrated Chemistry: Principles Laboratory II
1
CH 143, corequisite CH 144 N QS

Total credits = 29

Electives Courses (20-30 credits; at least 14 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level)

Societal Impacts (4-6)-- take two courses from:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 110 Death & Destruction by Nature
3
 
N
 
GL 111 Oceanography
3
 
N
 
GL 116 Sustainable Agriculture in Pennsylvania
1
 
N
 
HS 262 North American Environmental History
3
 
H
 
GL 215 Energy, Minerals and Society
3
Gl 100 or ESS 100
N
 
ESS 337 Environmental Law
3
PS 101 & ESS 100
N
 
IC 214 Global Climate Change
3
EN 110 or EN 109 or EN 199B  
IC

Quantitative (3-4)--take one course from:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
BI 305 Biostatistics
4
ESS 100 or BI 106
N
QS, CW
ESS 230 Environmetrics
3
 
N
QS
MA 130 Calculus I
4
 
N
QM
MA 220 Introduction to Probability & Statistics
4
MA 130
N
QS

Depth (13-20)--take five courses from:

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
PC 202 Introductory Physics I
3
coreq. MA 130
N
QM
PC 202L Introductory Physics Lab I
1
coreq. PC 202
N
QM
PC 211 Environmental Physics I 3 coreq PC 211L    
PC 211L Environmental Physics Lab I
1
coreq PC 211    
GL 210 Mineralogy
4
CH 114
N
 
GL 325 Introduction to Soil Science
4
GL 100, one semester of Chem
N
 
GL 304 Paleobiology
4
GL 202 or BI 105
N
 
GL 305 Hydrogeology
3
GL 100 & GL 101, & CH 114 & CH 115
N
 
ESS 301 Environemental Methods
3
ESS 100 & 1 yr Chemistry
N
 
ESS 310 Water Resources I
3
ESS 100 & GL 101
N
QS
ESS 324 Natural Resource Management
3
ESS 100, BI 105 & BI 121
N
 
ESS 330 Geographic Information Systems
4
ESS 100 or GL 100    
GL 401 Sedimentology
4
GL 202, GL 240 & CH 114
N
 
GL 405 Principles of Stratigraphy
4
GL 202 & GL 240
N
CW
GL 450 Geology Research
1-4
permission
N
 

Capstone experience (4)

Course Number Title Credits Prerequisites Dist. Skills
GL 440 Geological Field Methods II
4
GL 240
N
 

Total credit hours: 49-59

Upper level credit hours (300, 400 level): 18-27
One CW within the POE: GL 240, Geological Field Methods
Total credit hours of research, independent study, and internships, etc: none

Possible Schedule for the POE

Regular start
1st year

Fall - ESS 100, GL 100, GL 101
Spring - ESS 110, GL 100, GL 101, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course

2nd Year

Fall - GL 202, ESS 310, CH 114, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - GL 240, CH 115, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course

3rd Year

Fall - ESS 310, GL 389, Depth courses, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - Depth courses, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course

4th Year

Fall - Depth courses, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - Depth courses, GL 399

Delayed start:
2nd Year

Fall - ESS 100, GL 100, GL 101, CH 114, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - ESS 110, GL 100, GL 101, CH 115, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course

3rd Year

Fall - GL 202, ESS 310, GL 389, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - GL 240, Depth courses, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course

4th Year

Fall - Depth courses, Societal Impacts course, Quantitative course
Spring - Depth courses, & GL 440