Earth Science, B.S. - Natural Resources

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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 3 – Capstone (select one):  
ESC 332 – Invertebrate Paleontology (‘C-’ or better) 
ESC 461– Glacial Geology (‘C’ or better)

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 (T2LE)*
ESC 205 - Principles of Meteorology
ESC 235 - Computation and Visualization of Data in the Earth Science
ESC 311 - Mineralogy
ESC 312 - Petrology  OR  ESC 325 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 332 - Invertebrate Paleontology  OR ESC 461 - Glacial Geology (T3)*
ESC 350 - Structural Geology and Tectonics
ESC 430 - Field Methods

Select 8 credits from: 
ESC 220 - Physical and Chemical Oceanography
ESC 303 - Environmental Earth Science
ESC 312 - Petrology
ESC 315 - Geomorphology
ESC 325 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation
ESC 420 - Earth Resources
ESC 421 - Marine Geology
ESC 457 - Hydrology
ESC 458 - Soil Science
ESC 459 - Engineering Geology
ESC 460 - Geochemistry

Select one option from the following two:

ESC 492 – Undergraduate Thesis Proposal and ESC 493 – Undergraduate Thesis
Two additional ESC courses at the 200-level or above

COGNATE REQUIREMENTS

32 Credits Required

Requirements:
BIO 102 - Biology I 
BIO 103 - Biology II
CHE 120 - General Chemistry I (T2PR)*
CSC 152 or MAT 107 or MAT 221  - Computer Science/Mathematics 
MAT 120 or MAT 122 or MAT 150 - Mathematics Cognate (T1QR)*
PHY 200 - General Physics I

Select three from:
BIO 202 - Ecology
BIO 210 - Environmental Biology and Conservation
BIO 215 - Animal Behavior
BIO 228 - Vertebrate Zoology
BIO 229 - Invertebrate Zoology
BIO 230 - Plant Anatomy and Morphology
BIO 232 - Morphology of Non-Vascular Plants
BIO 233 - Introductory Microbiology
BIO 250 - Plant Diversity
BIO 327 - Field Natural History
BIO 429 - Limnology

Non-Course Requirement:
Pass Praxis® II with a score of 157 or higher

FREE ELECTIVES

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