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B.S. Degree in Geosciences

B.S. Degree in Geosciences

Description
Geosciences

Core Requirements

Students in this major must complete a minimum of 120 credits for the B.S. degree and select coursework from one of the three emphases: Geology, Geographical Sciences, or Geoarchaeology.

Emphasis in Geographical Sciences Emphasis

Program Requirements
ANTH 307 Ecological Anthropology (3)
GEOS 305 Oceanography (3)
GEOS 310 United States and Canada (3)
GEOS 320 Economic Geography (3)
GEOS 325 Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing (3)
GEOS 330 Elementary Meteorology (3)
GEOS 335 Environmental Geography and Conservation (3)
GEOS 405 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOS 410 Eastern Europe and Russia (3)
GEOS 480 Senior Seminar (1)

Restricted Electives

Six to eight credits must be taken from GEOS 110, GEOS 111, GEOS 115 and GEOS 117. At least nine additional credits must be taken from the other listed courses in this area.

ANTH 202 American Indian Culture (3)
ANTH 309 Indians of the Great Plains (3)
ANTH 313 Understanding Contemporary Africa (3)
GEOS 110 Introductory Physical Geography (3)
GEOS 111 Cultures and Regions (3)
GEOS 115 Physical Geology (4)
GEOS 117 Water, Land, and People (3)
GEOS 117L Water, Land and People Lab (1)
GEOS 235 Geography of Minnesota and North Dakota (3)
GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3)
GEOS 340 Economic and Environmental Geology (3)
GEOS 350 Geoarchaeology (3)
GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping (3)
GEOS 390 Topics in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 415 Reading Geochemical Fingerprints (3)
ANTH 450 Field Work in Anthropology (6) or
GEOS 450 Field Geology (3) or
GEOS 455 Field Methods in Geoarchaeology (4)

Recommended Electives
Students should consult with their advisor in the department to determine which elective courses are most appropriate for their interests and plans.


Emphasis in Geology Emphasis

Program Requirements
GEOS 115 Physical Geology (4)
GEOS 116 Historical Geology (3)
GEOS 301 Archaeological Prospection (3)
GEOS 302 Mineralogy (3)
GEOS 303 Petrology (3)
GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3)
GEOS 340 Economic and Environmental Geology (3)
GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping (3)
GEOS 415 Reading Geochemical Fingerprints (3)
GEOS 416 Paleontology (3)
GEOS 450 Field Geology (3)
GEOS 480 Senior Seminar (1)

Related Requirements ( 20 credits )

BIOL 115 Organismal Biology (4) or
BIOL 305 General Botany (4)
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I (3) and
CHEM 150L General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
PHYS 160 College Physics I with Lab (4) or
PHYS 200 General Physics I with Lab (4)

Restricted Electives

Students must complete at least six credits selected from the listed courses.

GEOS 117 Water, Land, and People (3)
GEOS 117L Water, Land and People Lab (1)
GEOS 305 Oceanography (3)
GEOS 320 Economic Geography (3)
GEOS 330 Elementary Meteorology (3)
GEOS 350 Geoarchaeology (3)
GEOS 360 Planetary Science (3)
GEOS 390 Topics in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 397 Research in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 405 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOS 417 Taphonomy and Paleoecology (3)

Recommended Electives

These courses are not required, but are recommended. Students should consult with their advisor in the department concerning which courses are most appropriate for their interests and plans. It is further recommended that students obtain 3-4 credits of field experience in addition to GEOS 450.
BIOL 345 Principles of Ecology (4)
CHEM 210 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 210L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
MATH 262 Calculus II (4)
PHYS 201 General Physics II with Lab (4)


Emphasis in Geoarchaeology Emphasis

Program Requirements

ANTH 115 Introduction to Archaeology (3)
ANTH 300 Archaeology (3)
GEOS 115 Physical Geology (4)
GEOS 115L Physical Geology Lab (0)
GEOS 117 Water, Land, and People (3)
GEOS 117L Water, Land and People Lab (1)
GEOS 301 Archaeological Prospection (3)
GEOS 302 Mineralogy (3)
GEOS 303 Petrology (3)
GEOS 315 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (3)
GEOS 350 Geoarchaeology (3)
GEOS 405 Geographic Information Systems (3)
GEOS 415 Reading Geochemical Fingerprints (3)
GEOS 480 Senior Seminar (1)
GEOS 455 Field Methods in Geoarchaeology (4) or
ANTH 450 Field Work in Anthropology (6)

Related Requirements ( 12 credits )

Students must take 12 credits from those listed below. Students may select from SOIL 210 Intro Soil Science (NDSU) or SOIL 444 Soil Gensis/Survey (NDSU).

BIOL 115 Organismal Biology (4)
BIOL 115L Organismal Biology Laboratory (0)
BIOL 305 General Botany (4)
BIOL 345 Principles of Ecology (4)
CHEM 150 General Chemistry I (3)
CHEM 150L General Chemistry Laboratory I (1)
CHEM 210 General Chemistry II (3)
CHEM 210L General Chemistry II Lab (1)
MATH 234 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (3)
MATH 261 Calculus I (4)
MATH 262 Calculus II (4)
PHYS 160 College Physics I with Lab (3) or
PHYS 200 General Physics I with Lab (3)
PHYS 161 College Physics II with Lab (4) or
PHYS 201 General Physics II with Lab (4)

Restricted Electives

Students must select at least nine credits form the listed courses.

ANTH 120 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (3)
ANTH 216 The Paleolithic Age (3)
ANTH 217 The Rise of Civilization (3)
ANTH 315 North American Archaeology (3)
ANTH 318 Archaeology and the Bible (3)
ANTH 390 Topics in Anthropology (1-3)
GEOS 116 Historical Geology (3)
GEOS 325 Reading Landscape: Ways of Seeing (3)
GEOS 340 Economic and Environmental Geology (3)
GEOS 370 Structural Geology and Mapping (3)
GEOS 390 Topics in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 397 Research in Geosciences (1-3)
GEOS 416 Paleontology (3)
GEOS 417 Taphonomy and Paleoecology (3)
GEOS 450 Field Geology (3)

Recommended Electives
Students should consult with their advisor in the department to determine which elective courses are most appropriate for their interests and plans.