Earth Science, B.S. - Natural Hazards

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The program course outline and graduation requirements for this catalog year are listed below.  The department website provides an overview of the program, admission requirements (when applicable), faculty biographies, learning outcomes, and careers: https://www.southernct.edu/academics/earth-science/programs 

120 Overall Credits Required

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS (LEP) AND WRITING REQUIREMENTS

Liberal Education Program

Students must complete a comprehensive three-tiered Liberal Education Program (LEP). View all requirements of the tiers on the Liberal Education Program.  

While the choice of courses that fulfill the requirements is generally left up to students, courses in the major and/or cognate may also satisfy LEP requirements.  These shared courses are recommended below to fulfill both areas, although the course credits are only counted once towards the 120 credits required for graduation. 

Tier 1 - Quantitative Reasoning (select one):
MAT 120 — College Algebra
MAT 122 — PreCalculus
MAT 150 — Calculus I

Tier 2 – Natural World I: Physical Realm:
CHE 120 — General Chemistry I

Tier 2 – Natural World II: Life and Environment:
ESC 201 — Historical Geology (‘C-’ or better)

Tier 2 – Time and Place:
ESC 210 — Principles of Astronomy (‘C-’ or better)

Tier 3 – Capstone (select one):
ANT 311 — Applied Anthropology  
ESC 332 — Invertebrate Paleontology (‘C-’ or better)
ESC 461 - Glacial Geology (‘C-’ or better)
IDS 320 — Human Flourishing in the 21st Century
IDS 405 — In a World: Capstone Experience
PCH 353 - Global Health
MAT 342 - Statistical Decision Making

Writing Requirements (“W-Courses”)

Three W-courses are required. These may not be taken until after a student has passed ENG 112 — Writing Arguments. W-courses may count toward LEP, major, or cognate requirements, as well as free electives. Course sections that meet this requirement are designated by section numbers ending in “W”.

Transfer students who enter with 60 to 89 credits are required to pass two W-courses, while transfer students who enter with 90 credits or more must pass one W-course.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

45 Credits Required
‘C-’ or better required

Requirements:

ESC 200 — Physical Geology
ESC 201 — Historical Geology
ESC 205 — Principles of Meteorology
ESC 210 — Principles of Astronomy
ESC 220 — Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 311 — Mineralogy
ESC 312 — Petrology  or ESC 325 — Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 350 — Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 — Field Methods
7 Additional credits in ESC at the 200-level or above

Select one option from the three listed below:

  • ESC 492 — Undergraduate Thesis Proposal and ESC 493 — Undergraduate Thesis
  • ESC 492 — Undergraduate Thesis Proposal and ESC 497 — Internship
  • Two additional ESC courses at the 200-level or above

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

34 Credits Required 

Requirements:

BIO 102 - Biology I
BIO 120 or BIO 233Microbiology
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I
CSC 152 or MAT 107 or MAT 221  - Computer Science/Mathematics
MAT 120 or MAT 122 or MAT 150 - Mathematics 
PHY 200 - General Physics I

Select 3 courses:
ANT 252Introduction to Forensic Science
ANT 322 - Forensic Anthropology 
ANT 352 - Crime Scene Investigation 
ANT 442 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology
PCH 202 - Introduction to Public Health 
PCH 259 - Environmental Health 
PCH 265 - Illness and Disease 
PCH 342 - Introduction to Epidemiology 
PCH 358 - Health Policy 
PCH 362 - Public Health Management 
PCH 370 - Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Training
PCH 441 - Water Supply and Waste-Water Treatment 
PCH 446 - Environmental Hazards 
SOC 362 - Criminology 

Select one course:
ANT 311 - Applied Anthropology  
ESC 332 - Invertebrate Paleontology (‘C-’ or better)
ESC 461 - Glacial Geology  (‘C-’ or better)
IDS 320 - Human Flourishing in the 21st Century
IDS 405 - In a World: Capstone Experience
PCH 353 - Global Health
MAT 342 - Statistical Decision Making

FREE ELECTIVES

Remaining credits to reach total Overall Credits Required (listed above).