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Major in Physical and Earth Sciences


 

Geography

 

Requirements for a Major: Minimum requirement for the major is completion of a sixcourse (21 credit) core curriculum and one of four concentrations. Students will declare a concentration in either General Geography, Environmental Studies, Geographic Information Systems or Physical Geography.

 

Core Courses:

GS 101                         Physical Geography     

GE 102                         Human Geography       

GS 140                         Physical Geology                     

GS 216                         GIS                              

GE 212                         Research Methods       

GE/GS 400                   Geography Seminar      

Core Total                    21 credits

 

Requirements for the Concentration in General Geography:

In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

At least 1 advanced course (200-400 level) in:

 

Physical Geography                             

Human Geography                               

Regional Geography                             

Any category                                       

Concentration Total                  12 credits

Major Total                               33 credits

 

 

Requirements for the Concentration in Environmental Studies:

In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

 

Required Courses:

GE 258 Global Environmental Change   

Two courses in Physical Geography or

GIS (200-400 level)                               

 

Three of the following:                          

GS 305 Geological Hazards

GE 308 Environment and Development

GS 260 Energy Conservation and Management (NS 260 crosslist)

GE 359 Environmental Systems & Public Policy 
            (UR 360 crosslist)

GE 361 Public Policy & Environmental Issues (UR 361 crosslist)

GE/GS 470 Selected Topics (with approval)

*GE/GS 460 Geography Internship

*GE/GS 410 Independent Study in Geography

*GE/GS 450 Readings and Directed Research

Concentration Total                  18 credits

Major Total                               39 credits

*Only one of these three may be taken.

 

Requirements for the Concentration in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

 

Prerequisite:

Two course sequence in Computer Science or Statistics to be
            taken by the time the student has accumulated 21 credits in the 

major:

CS 140             Computer Science I    or    MA 150 Statistics

CS 141             Computer Science II          MA 301 Statistics II

 

Required Courses:

GS 318 GIS II                                       

GS 355 GIS Analytical Techniques                     

 

Three Additional Courses                                  

Three 200-400 level courses in either physical or human
            Geography. Students are encouraged to focus on one area.   

Regional courses are not appropriate. A list of non-regional
            courses will be compiled each semester to aid in advising.

 

One of the following                           

GS/GE 410       Independent Study

GS/GE 450       Readings/Directed Research

GS/GE 460       Internship

Concentration Total      20 credits

Major Total                   41 credits

 

Requirements for the Concentration in Physical Geography

In addition to the six core courses, students will complete:

 

Prerequisite:

One course in Statistics

 

Required Courses

GS 205                         Meteorology                

GS 225                         Oceanography             

GS 310                         Geomorphology                       

 

One of the following:                            

GE 258             Global Environmental Change

GE 359             Environmental Systems & Public Policy (UR 360

                        crosslist)

 

One of the following:                            

GS 318             Geographic Information Systems II

GS 218             Remote Sensing

 

Two of the Following:                           

Choose from ONE of the following lists

Solid Earth                 Water                       Climate/Atmospheric Sci.
GS 220 Earth History   GS 250 Hydrology       GS 235 Climatology
GS 305 Geol. Hazards GS 335 Hydrogeology   GS 315 Climate Dynamics
GS 320 Soils               GS 470 Special Topics GS 365 Climate Ch.E.Hist.
GS 325 Glacial Geology            GS 470 Special Topics
GS 245 Planet. Geology
GS 470 Special Topics

Concentration Total      22 credits

Major Total                   43 credits


Natural Sciences

 

Requirements for a Major in Natural Science: 38 credits including

Two courses in mathematics

*Four courses in any one science

Two courses in each of any other two sciences

NS 400 Natural Science Seminar

*At least two of these should be 200-level or above.

 

Requirements for a Major in Natural Science, Concentration in Nuclear Medicine Technology: See program description under the Biology Department.

 

Requirements for a Concentration in Earth Science Education (Middle/Secondary): 52 credits (The 13 credit Natural Science and Mathematics distribution requirement is fulfilled, so the effective number of required credits is 39.)

 

Mathematics (6 credits)

MA 110                         University Algebra

MA 150                         Statistics I

 

Primary Science (13 credits)

GS 101                         Physical Geography

GS 140                         Physical Geology

GS 205                         Meteorology

GS 225                         Oceanography

 

Second Science (8 credits)

NS 101                         Physical Science I

NS 102                         Physical Science II

 

Additional Required Courses (22 credits)

BI 106                         Introduction to Biology II

CH 110                       Introduction to General, Organic,

                                  and Biochemistry I

GS 216                       Geographic Information Systems I

NS 105                       Introduction to Astronomy

NS 201                       Science and Society

NS 120                       Integrated Science I

 

Required for All Natural Science Majors (3 credits)

NS 400                         Natural Science Seminar

 

Optional Recommended Courses (13 credits)

BI 202                           Principles of Ecology

GS 220                         Earth History

GS 245                         Planetary Geology

GS 250                         Hydrology

 

Requirements for a Concentration in General Science Education (Middle): 46 credits (The 13 credit Natural Science and Mathematics distribution requirement is fulfilled, so the effective number of required credits is 33.)

 

Mathematics (6 credits)

MA 110                         University Algebra

MA 150                         Statistics I

 

Primary Science (14 credits)

NS 101                         Physical Science I

NS 102                         Physical Science II

NS 105                         Introduction to Astronomy

NS 201                         Science and Society

 

Second Science (8 credits)

BI 105               Introduction to Biology I

BI 106               Introduction to Biology II

 

Third Science (8 credits)

CH 110 & 111    Introduction to General, Organic, and

                        Biochemistry I and II or

Ch 120 & 121    General Chemistry I and II

 

Additional Required Courses (7 credits)

GS 101                         Physical Geography

GS 140                         Physical Geology

 

Required for All Natural Science Majors (3 credits)

NS 400                         Natural Science Seminar

 

Optional Recommended Courses (7 credits)

GS 205                         Meteorology

NS 120                         Integrated Science I

 

Requirements for a Major in Natural Science and to meet the prerequisites for the Accelerated Pharmacy Program with Massachusetts University of Pharmacy and Health Science (MCPHS)

 

MCPHS prerequisites require completing the Natural Science degree with Chemistry as the primary science, Biology as the secondary science and Physics as the tertiary science and taking the following courses (which may be used to meet Natural Science degree requirements):

 

CH 120                 General Chemistry I

CH 121                 General Chemistry II

BI 105                   Introduction to Biology

BI 106                   Introduction to Biology II (with human)

MA 150                 Statistics I

CH 201/203           Organic Chemistry I with Laboratory

CH 202/204           Organic Chemistry II with Laboratory

MA 200                 Calculus

MA 201                 Calculus II

PY 221                  General Physics I

PY 222                  General Physics II

BI 204                    Microbiology

NS 400                   Natural Science Seminar


 

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