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Introduction 

The Earth Science program uses an integrated approach to the study of problems of the Earth environment through a synthesis of geology, hydrology, and geochemistry. We emphasize a solid foundation in geology with opportunities to focus on environmental geosciences.

Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Programs are flexible, to meet your individual learning needs. You and your advisor will plan your curriculum to provide a solid training in the fundamentals of Earth Science, and more specifically, to prepare you for further graduate study or a career in hydrogeology, geotechnical engineering, environmental geoscience, or an area related to geologic resources, soils, or traditional geology.

The Department is equipped with instrumentation for water quality analysis, a prismless total station, apparatus for X-ray diffraction analysis, groundwater flow models, a hydrogeological laboratory and testing equipment, field equipment for water and soil sampling, equipment for thin section preparation, and mineral separation. Also available are groundwater monitoring wells, sedimentation tanks, centrifuge and particle size analysis, optical microscopy with image analysis capabilities, a student computing lab, and facilities for petrographic, hydrogeologic, and aqueous geochemical analysis.

In addition to the required and elective Earth Science courses, additional courses in cognate fields (mathematics, chemistry, physics, and biology) are required.

Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

Additional Requirements

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)  (NOTE: This requirement generally is waived for Earth Science majors.) 
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Requirements are subject to change, so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.

Courses 

Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Earth Science

ESCI 207                 Global Climate and Weather.............................4 cr.
ESCI 211                 Physical Geology................................................4 cr.
ESCI 306                 Rocks and Minerals............................................4 cr.
ESCI 311                 Mineralogy...........................................................4 cr.
ESCI 312                 Historical Geology..............................................4 cr.
ESCI 317                 Principles of Sedimentation..............................4 cr.
ESCI 331                 Geological Structures and Map Interpretation..4 cr.
ESCI 390                 Field Geology......................................................5 cr.

Electives in Earth Science:

Choose at least 8 credit hours from elective offerings.

Required Courses in Related Fields:

CHEM 211               General Chemistry I ...........................................5 cr.
MATH 187                Calculus I.............................................................4 cr.
PHYS 201                College Physics I OR
  PHYS 206                University Physics I...........................................3 cr.
PHYS 203                Physics I Laboratory...........................................1 cr.

Select one of the following two options:

*MATH 202              Calculus II............................................................4 cr.
MATH 275                Statistics.............................................................3 cr.

Select 2 options from the following list:

BIO 201                  General Biology I..................................................4 cr.
     (BIOL 201 Requires co-registration with BIO 150: Essential Skills for Biologists)
BIO 202                    General Biology II................................................4 cr.
*CHEM 212              General Chemistry II...........................................4 cr.
CHEM 213               Quantitative Analysis..........................................5 cr.
CHEM 231               Organic Chemistry..............................................4 cr.
*PHYS 202              College Physics II OR
PHYS 207                University Physics II............................................3 cr.
PHYS 204                Physics II Laboratory..........................................1 cr.
PHYS 215                Physics III.............................................................4 cr.

Total:       65-67 cr.

*Students planning to pursue an advanced degree (Master's or Doctorate) in geosciences should incorporate these courses in their degree plan.

Careers & Employment 

The Bachelor of Science prepares students for a graduate study, or a wide range of positions in the field of environmental geosciences, including industry, consulting, or state/federal agencies. Many private companies specializing in the fields of engineering and environmental geology are headquartered in the Chicago area. Pressing environmental problems such as groundwater contamination, waste disposal, cleanup of toxic dumps, flooding, wetlands preservation, underground storage tank remediation, and environmental site assessments all require the services of geologists and earth scientists.

Illinois is rich in natural resources such as coal, oil, and economically valuable mineral and rock deposits. Our graduates find employment in these areas, exploring for these important energy and building resources.

Many governmental agencies in the region hire geologists. For example, the Region 5 Headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency is located in Chicago. The city of Chicago, the Illinois EPA, and the environmental and engineering departments of many area counties and communities employ geologists. The Illinois State Geologic Survey and Illinois Water Survey also employ geologists in a variety of subdisciplines.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts the employment growth outlook for geoscientists will be 16% between 2012 and 2022. This is faster than the majority of other occupations. As society's need for resources and environmental protection grows, trained geoscientists will be in high demand for these critical careers.

Internship opportunities are available for undergraduates in the department. Consult a faculty member and the advisors in the Student Center for Science Engagement for more information on how to locate and apply for internships. An independent study option exists for students who wish complete a research project under the direction of a faculty member.

Training in the fundamentals of geology also prepares those students wishing to pursue graduate studies in traditional geologic fields, such as petrology, mineralogy, and sedimentology.

Pre-Admission Counseling

Students interested in pursuing their degree in Earth Science should contact Ms. Jean Hemzacek, Undergraduate Advisor, at 773-442-6056 or J-Hemzacek@neiu.edu

Program Contact Information 

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773) 442-5160 or visit the web at http://www.neiu.edu/FinAid.htm.  Click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.
 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
 
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at scholarships@neiu.edu or visit the http://www.neiu.edu.   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis.  Admissions Counselors are availble:
 
Monday thru Thursday
9:00am to 6:30pm
 
Fridays
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
 
Admissions office:  (773) 442+4050
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.

Other 

Subject to change. See current catalog for up-to-date information. For further information call (773) 442-6050.

Earth Science Department

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