Proposed Program: Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience

Comparison of the Existing B.S. in Earth Science to the Proposed B.A. in Environmental Geoscience 
Author: Department of Earth Science

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  B.S. Earth Science B.A. Environmental Geoscience
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION (excerpted from Catalog description of existing  program)
Earth Science uses an integrated approach to the study of the problems of the earth environment through a synthesis of geology, meteorology, and oceanography.  The B.S. and M.S. programs emphasize geology, however, with attention to the other areas.  Strong emphasis is placed on experimental and field studies.  Curricula are individually planned to provide a broad basic training in earth science, and more specifically, to prepare students for further graduate study or for careers in the energy, mineral, hydrogeological, and environmental fields.  Areas of concentration currently offered are in geology, including petrology-mineralogy, minerals and energy resources, hydrogeology, structural geology-plate tectonics, soil and environmental sciences, and lake and marine coastal systems.  Techniques of problem-solving in earth science are emphasized.  The Bachelor of Science in Earth Science degree prepares students for graduate study or positions in industry or state and federal agencies. 
(Catalog description of proposed program)
The Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Geoscience degree provides students with a strong foundation in geology with an emphasis on near-surface geologic processes.  The B.A. degree serves the needs of students interested in careers in such fields as science journalism, environmental law, science education, technical writing, science policy, and environmental protection.  It allows students the flexibility to choose minors or second majors in complementary disciplines.  Students take core courses in geologic fundamentals and electives that provide breadth in environmental geologic processes.  One cognate course in chemistry or two in biology are required.
REQUIRED COURSES    (Courses required also for the proposed BA are  described at right)
ESCI 207 Atmosphere and Oceans 4 cr.
ESCI 211 Physical Geology 4 cr.
ESCI 306 (206) Rocks and Minerals 4 cr.
ESCI 311 Mineralogy 4 cr.  Crystallographic principles, crystal systems, and crystal chemistry in the study of minerals. Composition, structure, occurrence, and uses of common minerals.  Study of hand specimens and thin sections of minerals and the use of physical and optical properties in their identification.  Lecture 3 hours and lab 2 hours. Prereq: CHEM 211 and ESCI 306.
ESCI 312 (212) Historical Geology 4 cr.
ESCI 317 Principles of Sedimentation 4 cr.  The process governing the formation, transportation, and deposition of sediments, and the alterations that transform them into sedimentary rocks.  The practical application of these techniques is developed in the laboratory.  Lecture 2 hours, lab 3 hours.  Prereq: ESCI  306.
ESCI 331 Geologic Structures and Map Interpretation 4 cr.
ESCI 390 Field Geology 5 cr.
<>ESCI 207 Atmosphere and Oceans 4 cr.  Comprehensive introduction to the earth’s hydrosphere and atmosphere; their origin and evolution, physical and chemical characteristics, actions and interactions.  Lecture 3 hours, lab 2 hours involving the use of maps, charts, and instruments.  Prereq. High school chemistry and physics or equivalent highly recommended.   <>
<>ESCI 211 Physical Geology 4 cr.  Detailed study of the materials comprising the earth’s crust and interior and the forces acting to change its surface; the origin of continents and ocean basins in light of recent geological research.  Lecture 3 hours, lab 2 hours.

ESCI 306(206) Rocks and Minerals 4 cr.  A detailed introduction to rocks and minerals – the essential materials of the solid earth.  Classification and systematic study of the chemical and physical properties of the common rock-forming mineral groups; textural and mineral compositional studies of common igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rock groups.  Lecture 2 hours and lab 3 hours.  Prereq. ESCI 211 and some chemical background
ESCI 312(212) Historical Geology 4 cr.  Evolution of the earth and its flora and fauna, paleoecology; principles of paleontological stratigraphy and techniques of relative and absolute age determination.  Lecture 3 hours, lab 2 hours.  Prereq. ESCI 121 or 211
ESCI 331 Geologic Structures & Map Interpretation 4 cr.  Determination of the attitude and thickness of inclined strata and their bearing on outcrop patterns; preparation of geologic maps from given field data; and interpretations of aerial photos, topographic maps, and geological maps depicting folds, faults, unconformities and intrusive bodies; preparation of geological cross-sections. Lecture 2 hours, lab 3 hours.  Prereq. ESCI 211
ESCI 390(323) Field Geology 5 cr.  Introduction to field methods including pace-and-compass and plane table mapping, field trips to south-central Wisconsin, preparation of geologic maps and reports from field data.  Attendance at a field camp for 14 days with additional on-campus lectures and laboratory work.  Lecture 3 hours, lab 3 hours.  Prereq. ESCI 306/206 and ESCI 211


ELECTIVES Electives in Earth Science:
Choose from 300-level course offerings  8 cr.
Electives in Earth Science:
Choose from 300-level course offerings 13-15 cr.
(at least 9 credits from this list)
ESCI 309 Geochemistry 3 cr. Prereq. CHEM 211 and ESCI 306(206)
ESCI 315 Glacial and Quaternary Geology 3 cr. Prereq. ESCI 121 or ESCI 211
ESCI 317 Principles of Sedimentation 4 cr. Prereq. ESCI 306(206)
ESCI 320 Limnology 3 cr.  Prereq. Nine hours in earth science or related natural science or consent of instructor
ESCI 329 Soil Science 3 cr.   Prereq. ESCI 121, ESCI 211, or consent of instructor
ESCI 337 Principles of Hydrogeology 4 cr.  Prereq. ESCI 211 and MATH 106
ESCI 339 Field Hydrogeology 4 cr.  Prereq. ESCI 337
ESCI 340 Introduction to Geotechnical Engineering 3 cr.   Prereq. MATH 104 or MATH 106 and eight credit hours in Earth Science at the 200-level or higher
ESCI-OC 324 Oceanography 4 cr.   Prereq. ESCI 121 or ESCI 211, and ESCI 207
ESCI-OC 334 Coastal Marine Research 4 cr.  Prereq. Advanced standing in the sciences and permission of the instructor.
REQUIRED COURSES  in RELATED FIELDS Required Courses in Related Fields
CHEM 211 General Chemistry I   5 cr.
CHEM 212 General Chemistry II  4 cr.
MATH 107 Calculus I   4 cr.
MATH 202 Calculus II  4 cr.
PHYS 201/203  College Physics I with laboratory  4 cr.
PHYS 202/204  College Physics II with laboratory 4 cr.
Required Courses in Related Fields
1) CHEM 211 General Chemistry I 5 cr.
2) MATH 106 Precalculus 4 cr.

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Last updated  April 19, 2005.