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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences



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Degree Programs

The Bachelor of Science in Geology

This degree has three options:

1. The Professional Option is for those who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school but are uncertain where they want to concentrate. The program emphasizes breadth and exposes students to most of the geological disciplines.

2. The Environmental Option emphasizes the application of Earth Science to environmental problems associated with the hydrosphere, atmosphere, and natural hazards.

3. The Engineering Geology Option is for those interested in combining Geology with a Civil Engineering minor to work with engineering firms on construction and environmental problems.

The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science

This degree has one option and is designed for those who plan to enter the profession or go to graduate school. It consists of equal numbers of credit hours in Geology and Biology, either Physical or Organic Chemistry, and Math through Calculus II.

The Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics

Geoinformatics is the analysis, integration and dissemination of the vast quantities of scientific data that are associated with a geographic location. The informatics concept integrates web-based, data management technologies with scientific and technical disciplines as well as business and liberal arts disciplines. This degree has two options.

1. The General Option is for those who want to apply informatics to some discipline, which is represented by the minor.

2. The Earth Science Option is for those who want to apply informatics to Geoscience.

The Bachelor of Arts in Geology

This degree has three options:

1. The Geographic Information Systems Option is for those who want to combine Geology with computer technology to store and analyze spatial data using the GIS software.

2. The General Option is for those who want to combine Geology with other professional interests.

3. The Teacher Certification Option is for those who want teacher certification in Earth/Life Sciences or in Earth Science.

Certification in Geographic Information Systems is designed for those in other majors who want to become proficient in spatial data analysis, which is used in business, liberal arts, engineering and architecture disciplines.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology

The University's core curriculum, required for all bachelor's degrees, is explained under Degree Program Requirements in this catalog. In addition to the core curriculum, the requirements for each option are listed below.

Professional Option

Geology Requirements for the Major

GEOL 1425 (Earth Systems)
GEOL 1426 (Earth History)
GEOL 2445 (Mineralogy)
GEOL 2446 (Petrology)
GEOL 3441 (Paleontology)
GEOL 3442 (Sedimentology)
GEOL 3443 (Structure)
GEOL 3387 & GEOL 3388 (Field Geology)
Three hours of GEOL 4302, 4308, 4320 or 4402.

Six hours of 4000 level courses approved by the advisor. No more than 3 hours may be from GEOL 4330, 4331, 4333, 4334.

Requirements for the Minor

18 hours in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics. Six hours must be upper division (3000/4000) courses approved by the advisor. A double minor requires 36 hours in any two of the aforementioned departments.

Natural Science other than Geology

A year of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics that includes BIOL 1441 and 1442; CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1441 or 1443, and 1442 or 1444.

Mathematics

MATH 1426 (Calculus I); MATH 2425 (Calculus II); MATH 3316 (Statistical Inference). The Math Department requires a placement exam before enrolling in Calculus I. Depending on the results of the placement exam, student may be required to take additional prerequisites.

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Environmental Science Option

Geology Requirements for the Major

GEOL 1425 (Earth Systems)
GEOL 1426 (Earth History) or 2411 (Global Environmental Issues)
GEOL 2445 (Mineralogy)
GEOL 2446 (Petrology)
GEOL 4405 (Meteorology)
GEOL 3442 (Sedimentology)
GEOL 3443 (Structure)
GEOL 3387 and GEOL 3388 (Field Geology)
GEOL 4308 (Environmental Geochemistry)
GEOL 4320 (Hydrology)
GEOL 4330 (Geographic Information Systems)

Requirements for the Minor

18 hours in Biology or Chemistry. Six hours must be upper division (3000/4000) courses approved by the advisor. A double minor requires 36 hours in both of the aforementioned departments.

Natural Science other than Geology

A year of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics that includes BIOL 1441 and 1442; CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1441 and 1442.

Mathematics

MATH 1426 (Calculus I) and MATH 2425 (Calculus II) and MATH 3316 (Statistics). The Math Department requires a placement exam before enrolling in Calculus I. Depending on the results of the placement exam, students may be required to take one or more of the following: College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus.

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Engineering Geology Option

Civil Engineering classes CE 2311 (Statics), CE 2210 (Dynamics), and 17 more hours of advisor-approved courses.

Geology Requirements for the Major

GEOL 1425 (Earth Systems)
GEOL 1426 (Earth History)
GEOL 2445 (Mineralogy)
GEOL 2446 (Petrology)
GEOL 3442 (Sedimentology)
GEOL 3443 (Structure)
GEOL 3387 and GEOL 3388 (Field Geology)
GEOL 4308 (Environmental Geochemistry)
GEOL 4320 (Hydrology)
GEOL 4330 (Geographic Information Systems)

18 hours of advisor-approved Civil Engineering courses including CE 2312 (Statics and Dynamics), CE 3305 (Fluids), and CE 2313 (Materials). Six hours must be upper division (CE 3000/4000) courses.

No minor is required for this option.

Natural Science other than Geology

A year of Chemistry and Physics that includes CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1443 and 1444.

Mathematics

MATH 1426 (Calculus I) and MATH 2425 (Calculus II). The Math Department requires a placement exam before enrolling in Calculus I. Depending on the results of the placement exam, students may be required to take one or more of the following: College Algebra, Trigonometry, and Precalculus.

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Typical Course Sequence

(For students who are well-prepared for college level work at the time of admission, and who can devote 50-60 hours per week to study. All students are expected to see their academic advisor prior to enrollment each term.)

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1323; GEOL 1425, 1391; HIST 1311 - 16 hours.

Second Semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 1426; CHEM 1441; GEOL 1426; HIST 1312 - 18 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: English (literature), 3 hours; MATH 2425; CHEM 1442; GEOL 2445 - 15 hours.

Second Semester: BIOL 1441; POLS 2311; GEOL 2446; Social Science, 3 hours - 14 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: PHYS 1441 or 1443; GEOL 3441; MATH 3316; POLS 2312 - 14 hours.

Second Semester: GEOL 3442 and 3443; PHYS 1442 or 1444; BIOL 1442 - 16 hours.

Summer Session

GEOL 3387 and 3388 (Summer Field Course) 6 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: Minor, 6 hours; Geology (elective), 3 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours; Other Social Science or Fine Arts, 3 hours - 15 hours.

Second Semester: Minor, 6 hours; Geology Electives, 6 hours; Free Electives, 3 hours - 15 hours.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science

The University's core curriculum, required for all bachelor's degrees, is explained under Degree Program Requirements in this catalog. In addition to the core curriculum, the requirements for the BS degree in Environmental Science are listed below.

Geology Courses

GEOL 1425 (Earth Systems)
GEOL 2445 (Mineralogy)
GEOL 4308 (Environmental Geochemistry)
GEOL 4320 (Hydrology)
GEOL 4365 (Physical Oceanography)
GEOL 4405 (Meteorology & Climatology)

9 hours of advisor approved, upper-division electives

Biology Courses

BIOL 1441 (Cell & Molecular Biology)
BIOL 1442 (Structure & Function of Organisms)
BIOL 2343 (Evolution & Ecology)
BIOL 3315 (Genetics)
BIOL 3356 (Environmental Systems -- Biological Aspects)
BIOL 3457 (General Ecology) OR 3444 (General Microbiology)

Other Natural Science

A year of Chemistry, and Physics that includes CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1441 or 1443, and 1442 or 1444. Either Organic Chemistry (2321, 2181, 2322, and 2182) or Quantitative and Physical Chemistry (2335, 2285, and 3301).

Mathematics

MATH 1426 (Calculus I); MATH 2425 (Calculus II), MATH 3316 (Statistical Inference) The Math Department requires a placement exam to enroll in Calculus I. Depending on the results of the placement exam, students may be required to take one or more prerequisites.

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL or BIOL courses.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Typical Course Sequence

The Example is for students who are well-prepared for college level work at the time of admission, and who can devote 50-60 hours per week to study. All students are expected to see their academic advisor prior to enrollment each term.

Freshman Year

First semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1323; BIOL 1441; HIST 1311;Social/Cultural Studies, 3 hours - 16 hours.

Second semester: ENGL 1302; MATH 1426; BIOL 1442; HIST 1312; Fine Arts, 3 hours - 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First semester: English (literature), 3 hours; MATH 2425; BIOL 2343; POLS 2311; GEOL 1425 - 17 hours.

Second semester: POLS 2312; GEOL 2445; CHEM 1441; MATH 3316 - 14 hours.

Junior Year

First semester: PHYS 1441; GEOL 4308 and 4320; BIOL 3356; CHEM 1442 - 17 hours

Second semester: GEOL 4405; PHYS 1442; BIOL 3315 CHEM 2181 and 2321 - 15 hours

Senior Year

First semester: GEOL 4365; BIOL 3457 or 3444; CHEM 2182 AND 2322; BIOL/GEOL electives, 6 hours - 17 hours.

Second semester: BIOL/GEOL electives, 15 hours - 15 hours.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Geoinformatics

The University's core curriculum, required for all bachelor's degrees, is explained under Degree Program Requirements in this catalog. In addition to the core curriculum, the major requirements are listed below.

Earth Science Option

Informatics Requirements

INSY 2303 (Introduction to M.I.S. and Data Processing)
INSY 3300 (Object Oriented Programming)
INSY 3303 (Networks and Distributed Computing)
INSY 3304 (Database Management)
INSY 3305 (Information System Analysis and Design)

Nine hours of electives from the following list:

CSE 3302 (Programming Languages)
CSE 3310 (Findamentals of Software Engineering)
CSE 4303 (Computer Graphics)
CSE 4308 (Artificial Intelligence)
INSY 4305 (Advanced Application Development)
INSY 4312 (Fundamentals of Information Security)

Geology Requirements

GEOL 2445 (Mineralogy)
GEOL 2446 (Petrology)
GEOL 3441 (Paleontology)
GEOL 3442 (Sedimentology)
GEOL 3443 (Structure)
GEOL 4330 (Understanding GIS)
GEOL 4331 (Analysis of Spatial Data)
GEOL 4333 (Remote Sensing)
GEOL 4334 (GIS Project)

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

General Option

Informatics Requirements

INSY 3300 (Object Oriented Programming)
INSY 3303 (Networks and Distributed Computing)
INSY 3304 (Database Management)
INSY 4305 (Advanced Application Development)
INSY 4306 (Advanced Systems Development)

Nine hours of electives from the following list.

CSE 3302 (Programming Languages)
CSE 3310 (Fundamentals of Software Engineering)
CSE 4303 (Computer Graphics)
CSE 4308 (Artificial Intelligence)
INSY 4305 (Advanced Application Development)
INSY 4312 (Fundamentals of Information Security)

Geology Requirements

GEOL 4330 (Understanding GIS)
GEOL 4331 (Analysis of Spatial Data)
GEOL 4333 (Remote Sensing)
GEOL 4334 (GIS Project)

Minor Requirement

Eighteen hours from courses approved for a major in any discipline. Six of those 18 hours must be upper division courses.

Computer Literacy

Any computer related course such as GEOL 4330, Understanding GIS.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective).

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.



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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geology

The University's core curriculum, required for all bachelor's degrees, is explained under Degree Program Requirements in this catalog. In addition to the core curriculum, the major requirements are listed below.

General Option

Geology Requirements for the Major

1425 (Earth Systems)
1426 (Earth History)
2445 (Mineralogy)
2446 (Petrology)
3441 (Paleontology)
3442 (Sedimentology)
3443 (Structure)
MATH 1308 or MATH 3316

Six hours of advisor-approved 3000 and/or 4000 level courses.

Three hours of an advisor-approved 4000 level course.

Requirements for the Minor

18 hours in a single department of which six must be upper division.

Natural Science other than Geology

A year of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics that includes BIOL 1441 and 1442; CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1441 and 1442.

Mathematics

1324 (or 1302 and 1303), and 1308 or 3316.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or equivalent.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Teacher Certification Option

Geology Requirements for the Major

1425 (Earth Systems)
1426 (Earth History)
2445 (Mineralogy)
2446 (Petrology)
3441 (Paleontology)
3442 (Sedimentology)
3443 (Structure)
4305 (Research Methods)

Natural Science other than Geology

Chemistry: 1441 (General Chem I); 1442 (General Chem II).

Physics: 1441 (General Phys I) and 1442 (General Phys II).

Biology: 1441(cell/molecular); 1442 (Structure/Function Organisms); 2343 (Evolution/Ecology); 3315 (Genetics); 3427 (Plant Sci.); 3454 (Zoology).

Mathematics

1324 (or 1302 and 1303), and 1308 or 3316.

Science Education

SCIE: 1101 (Inquiry Teaching); 1102 (Inquiry Design); 4607 (Student Teaching); 4107 (Science Topics).

EDUC: 4331 (Knowing & Learning); 4332 (Classroom Interactions); 4333 (Teaching Practices).

Philosophy

PHIL: 2314 (Perspectives on Science). Also satisfies UTA Core Liberal Arts elective.

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or equivalent.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies UTA Core Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Geographic Information Systems Option

Geology Requirements for the Major

1425 (Earth Systems)
1426 (Earth History) or 2406 (Geologic Time)
2445 (Mineralogy)
2446 (Petrology)
3441 (Paleontology)
3442 (Sedimentology)
3443 (Structure)
4330 (Understanding GIS)
4331 (Analysis of Spatial Data)
4333 (Remote Sensing)
4334 (GIS Project)

Requirements for the Minor

18 hours of advisor-approved courses in a single department.

Natural Science other than Geology

A year of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics that includes BIOL 1441 and 1442; CHEM 1441 and 1442; PHYS 1441 and 1442.

Mathematics

1324 (or 1302 and 1303), and 1308 or 3316. (Also satisfies UTA Core Math requirement)

Computer Literacy

CSE 1301 or equivalent.

Oral Communication

COMM 3302 (also satisfies UTA Core Liberal Arts elective) or pass oral presentation requirement in GEOL 3441 or 3443.

General Requirements

The University requires at least 120 total credit hours, of which 36 must be upper division hours.

Typical Course Sequence

(For students who are well-prepared for college level work at the time of admission, and who can devote 50-60 hours per week to study. All students are expected to see their academic advisor prior to enrollment each term.)

Freshman Year

First Semester: ENGL 1301; MATH 1324; GEOL 1425, 1391; HIST 1311 - 16 hours.

Second Semester: ENGL 1302; GEOL 1426; CHEM 1441; HIST 1312; POLS 2311 - 17 hours.

Sophomore Year

First Semester: English (literature), 3 hours; CHEM 1442; GEOL 4330; GEOL 2445; POLS 2312 - 17 hours.

Second Semester: Social Science, 3 hours; GEOL 4331; BIOL 1441; GEOL 2446 - 15 hours.

Junior Year

First Semester: GEOL 4333; GEOL 3441; MATH 3316; PHYS 1441; Minor, 3 hours - 17 hours.

Second Semester: GEOL 3442; GEOL 3443; Minor, 3 hours; PHYS 1442 - 15 hours.

Senior Year

First Semester: Minor, 6 hours; GEOL 4334; Geology Elective, 3 hours; Fine Arts, 3 hours - 15 hours.

Second Semester: Minor (3000/4000), 6 hours; Geology Elective, 3 hours; Liberal Arts Elective, 3 hours - 12 hours.



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Requirements for Certification in Geographic Information Systems

This is a certification program and does not lead to a bachelor's degree. However, students can use these courses as a minor in their bachelor's degree program or as part of the B.A. in Geology degree program.

Geology Requirements

4330 (Understanding Geographic Information Systems)
4331 (Analysis of Spatial Data)
4333 (Analysis of Remotely Sensed Data)
4334 (Geographic Data Analysis Project)



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Earth and Environmental Sciences Faculty

Chair

Professor Wickham

Professors

M. Nestell, Jansma, Mattioli

Associate Professors

Hu, Hunt.

Assistant Professors

Rowe, Winguth

Adjunct Professors

Damuth, G. Nestell, C. Winguth

Adjunct Associate Professors

Standlee

Professors Emeritus

Burkart, Balsam ,Ellwood, McNulty, Reaser, Smith



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Course Descriptions

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Geology (GEOL)



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