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Department of Geology and Geography

Dr. Joseph D. Enedy, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

R. Amenta, Enedy, Fichter, Gustafson, Kearns, Robinson, Sherwood, Ulanski

Associate Professors

Gentile, Sander, Wright

Assistant Professors

Campbell, M. Kimsey

The Department of Geology and Geography offers both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees with majors in geology and geography. Minors are also offered in these two areas.

Geology Programs

The geology program provides a strong theoretical background in geology while allowing the student maximum flexibility in choosing courses to prepare for a specific career in the geological sciences.

Geology majors are required to complete a core of geology courses and other minimum requirements. Additional courses may be selected as preparation for graduate study, for work in industry or government, or for earth science teaching on the secondary level.

Geology majors are prepared to collect data in the field and laboratory on minerals, rocks, fossils, landforms and structures; properly use field and laboratory equipment; and construct accurate geologic maps and displays of geologic data. Geology majors are also able to use geologic data to write interpretive geological reports and histories of regions, solve environmental and economic geological problems, and critically evaluate the theories and conclusions of other geologists.

Major Requirements (B.S. and B.A. Degrees)

The B.S. degree in geology is designed for students who plan to obtain professional employment in geology or enter graduate school upon graduation. It is recommended that incoming B.S. degree students complete the following courses prior to enrolling in required geology courses numbered 300 and higher.
CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II
Choose one of the following:
  MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus I-II or
  MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus
Choose one of the following:
  PHYS 130-135. General Physics I-II or
  PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics
    and PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and Magnetism
Bachelor of Arts degree students are required to complete CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L before enrolling in required geology courses numbered 300 and higher.

The following are core courses required for both B.S. and B.A. degree students:


                                                  Credit
Core Requirements                                  Hours
GEOL 110. Physical Geology                             4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth                           4
GEOL 280. Mineralogy                                   3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy                           3
GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology                    3
GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems           4
GEOL 365. Structural Geology                           3
GEOL 399. Field Geology                                6
Choose one from the following:                       3-6
  GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research 
  GEOL 497. Problems in Geology
  GEOL 499. Honors in Geology                           

Concentration Electives

Either B.A. or B.S. degree option requires that each student complete at least 12-13 credit hours chosen from one of the following three concentrations.

General Geology

GEOL 250. Invertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 415. Geological Evolution of North America
GEOL 435. Vertebrate Paleontology
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 493. Geophysics

Earth Resources

GEOL 220. Genetic Mineralogy
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 400. Economic Geology (Metals)
GEOL 493. Geophysics

Environmental and Engineering Geology

GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 355. Geochemistry of Natural Waters
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 390. Laboratory Techniques in Geology
GEOL 410. Engineering Geology
GEOL 460. Geohydrology
GEOL 489. Quantitative Methods in Geology

Earth Science Education

The B.A. degree in geology with an earth science education concentration is designed for students who will also complete professional teaching license requirements. Both the following courses and those listed under "Initial Secondary Teaching License in Earth Science", are required for this B.A. degree in geology. The B.A. degree and Liberal Studies Program are other requirements.
GEOL 110. Physical Geology
GEOL 180. Minerals and Rocks
GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth
Choose one of the following:
  GEOL 250. Invertebrate Paleontology
  GEOL 272. Planetary Geology
GEOL 310. Environmental Impact
GEOL 320. Meteorology
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use
GEOL 385. Geomorphology
GEOL 497. Problems in Geology
PHYS 120. The Astronomical Perspective
One additional liberal studies natural science 
  course outside of geology

Initial Secondary Teaching License in Earth Science

Students may obtain secondary school teaching licensure in earth science in one of three ways: In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, students desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as a part of their degree program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
GEOL 211. Introduction to Oceanography                 3
GEOL 320. Meteorology                                  3
GEOL 340. Soils and Land Use                           3
GEOL 385. Geomorphology                                3
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371I. Clinical Techniques, Natural Science        3
  Methods (normally in first semester of 
  senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
Astronomy course                                       3
________
Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
All students desiring secondary teaching licensure in earth science are required to complete courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics.

It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Students majoring in other fields may earn licensure in earth science by completing the necessary requirements.

Minor in Geology

The requirement for a minor in geology is a minimum of 18 credit hours of geology approved by the student's geology adviser.

Major in Geology (B.A. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II        8
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
GEOL 110. Physical Geology                             4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth                           4
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics (recommended)          3
Liberal studies courses                                6
                                                    ____
                                                      31

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
GEOL 280. Mineralogy                                   3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy                           3
GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems           4
Foreign language courses [1]                           8
Liberal studies courses                             9-11
Social science (geography recommended)                 6
                                                    ____
                                                   33-35

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology                    3
GEOL 365. Structural Geology                           3
GEOL 399. Field Geology (May session)                  6
Geology electives                                    6-8
Liberal studies courses                             9-11
Philosophy course                                      3
                                                    ____
                                                   30-34

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Choose from the following:                             3
  GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research
  GEOL 497. Problems in Geology 
  GEOL 499. Honors in Geology
Geology electives                                    5-6
Electives                                          19-26
                                                    ____
                                                   27-36
________
Notes:
[1]
Foreign language at the intermediate level.

Major in Geology (B.S. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
CHEM 131-131L, 132-132L. General Chemistry I-II        8
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
GEOL 110. Physical Geology                             4
GEOL 230. Evolution of Earth                           4
Choose from the following:                           6-8
  MATH 205-206. Introductory Calculus (six credits)
  MATH 235-236. Analytic Geometry and Calculus 
    (eight credits)
Liberal studies course                                 3
                                                    ____
                                                   31-33

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
GEOL 280. Mineralogy                                   3
GEOL 290. Optical Mineralogy                           3
GEOL 364. Stratigraphy: Depositional Systems           4
GEOL 365. Structural Geology                           3
Choose from the following:                             8
  PHYS 130-135. General Physics I-II 
    (eight credits)
  PHYS 240. Principles of Mechanics and
    PHYS 250. Principles of Electricity and 
    Magnetism (four credits each)
Liberal studies courses                               12
                                                    ____
                                                      33

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
GEOL 300. Introduction to Petrology                    3
GEOL 399. Field Geology (May session)                  6
Geology electives                                      8
Liberal studies courses                                8
Social science courses (geography recommended)         6
Electives                                              3
                                                    ____
                                                      34

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Choose from the following:                           3-6
  GEOL 491. Geological Literature Research 
    (three credits)
  GEOL 497. Problems in Geology (three credits)
  GEOL 499. Honors (six credits)
Electives                                           9-20
                                                    ____
                                                   12-26

Geography Programs

The geography major leads to either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The major permits and promotes supporting study or minors in economics, international business, history, political science, language, geology, biology, environmental studies, mathematics and computer science. Upon completion of the core requirements, the major is encouraged to combine course work and external experiences to satisfy career objectives. The student can plan concentrated study in such areas as natural resource management, geographic education, area studies and cartography-imagery analysis.

An additional feature of the geography program is the internship option available to students in their senior year. Through these internships students are given the opportunity to apply the knowledge they have accumulated and gain practical experience, test career options, refine skills, and assess personal strengths and weaknesses.

Major in Geography

In addition to university degree requirements for graduation, a major in geography requires 34 credit hours of geography. Courses for the B.A. degree include:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America                   3
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography                  1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar                       1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography                           3
GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation               3
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography [1]       3
GEOG 295. Population Geography                         3
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography                   3
Choose one regional elective from the following:       3
  GEOG 335. Geography of Africa
  GEOG 337. Geography of Latin America
  GEOG 346. Geography of Europe
  GEOG 348. Geography of U.S.S.R.
  GEOG 349. Geography of East Asia
Geography electives                                   11
                                                    ____
                                                      34
The B.S. degree requires completion of courses which include:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America                   3
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography                  1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar                       1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography                           3
GEOG 211. Physical Geography Lab                       1
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography [1]       3
GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation             4
GEOG 301. Cartography                                  4
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography                   3
Geography electives                                   11
                                                    ____
                                                      34
________
Notes:
[1]
GEOG 280 cannot be applied to the liberal studies social science requirement.

Minor in Geography

The minor in geography consists of 18 credit hours approved by the student's geography adviser.

Initial Secondary Teaching License

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements in geography, students desiring secondary teaching licensure in geography must complete the following as part of their program:

                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education            3
  (junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year)       3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year)        1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom              1
  Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program                     2
  (any appropriate time)
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the               3
  Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child [1] 
  (sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the                   1
  Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371H. Clinical Techniques, Social Studies         3
  Education Methods (normally in first semester of 
  senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in              3
  Secondary Education (normally in first semester 
  of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year)              12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students            1
  in Regular Classes (senior year)
A course in basic economics                            3
________
Notes:
[1]
PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.
It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrollment in professional education courses. See pages 111-113 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with the Department of Secondary Education, Library Science and Educational Leadership.

Major in Geography (B.A. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography                  1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar                       1
GEOG 210. Physical Geography                           3
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography           3
Liberal studies courses                               12
Natural science courses (geology recommended)          6
                                                    ____
                                                      32

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America                   3
GEOG 215. Map Reading and Interpretation               3
GEOG 295. Population Geography                         3
Foreign language courses [1]                           8
Liberal studies courses                                8
Mathematics course                                     3
Electives                                              6
                                                    ____
                                                      34

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography                   3
Geography course (regional elective)                   3
Philosophy course                                      3
Liberal studies courses                                5
Electives                                             15
                                                    ____
                                                      29

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Geography electives                                   11
Electives                                             14
                                                    ____
                                                      25
________
Notes:
[1]
See foreign language requirements for B.A. degree.

Major in Geography (B.S. Degree)


                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition                   6
GEOG 191. The Discipline of Geography                  1
GEOG 192. Literature and Seminar                       1
GEOG 210-211. Physical Geography with Lab              4
GEOG 280. Introduction to Cultural Geography           3
Liberal studies courses                                9
Natural science courses                                6
  (geology recommended)
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
GEOG 136. Geography of North America                   3
GEOG 285. Aerial Photograph Interpretation             4
GEOG 301. Cartography                                  4
Liberal studies courses                               11
Mathematics courses                                    6
Electives                                              3
                                                    ____
                                                      31

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
GEOG 315. Field Studies in Geography                   3
Geography electives                                   11
Liberal studies courses                                6
Electives                                              8
                                                    ____
                                                      28

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Electives                                             31


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