Environmental Geology students develop expertise in surface and shallow subsurface processes that shape the Earth and provide critical soil and water resources and services for human and natural use.  Graduates will be prepared for careers that address environmental implications of geological process and human activities on Earth. The curriculum emphasizes courses spanning the fundamentals of geology, surface, and shallow subsurface processes, field-based research methodologies, and environmental aspects of geology.  The concentration empowers students to pursue positions with public, private, and nonprofit organizations that address environmental/natural resource management issues, regulatory agency compliance, hazard identification and mitigation, and fundamental scientific investigations that can inform natural resource policy and decision making that promise sound stewardship of Earth resources.  The curriculum also provides a strong foundation for those planning to continue on to graduate studies in geosciences or other environmental disciplines.

Effective Fall 2018

Freshman
AUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)3A1
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2)1A3
GEOL 1501Physical Geology for Scientists and Engineers3A4
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical Geology 4
Select one course from the following:  3-4
One Year Calculus IB (GT-MA1)1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B 
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global and Cultural Awareness3E3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 28-29
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
GEOL 232Mineralogy 3
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4A4
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
Select one course from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
Select one course from the following: 5
General Physics I (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A 
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
 Total Credits 30
Junior
 
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry4A,4B4
GEOL 372Structural Geology4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field Methods4A,4C3
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
Select one course from the following: 4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources  
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems  
Select one course from the following: 3-5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)3A 
Soil Physics  
Select one course from the following: 3-4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations  
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists  
Arts and Humanities3B3
 Total Credits 28-31
Summer 
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field Course4C6
 Total Credits 6
Senior
 
GEOL 446Environmental Geology 3
GEOL 452Hydrogeology 4
GEOL 454Geomorphology 4
WR 416Land Use Hydrology 3
Directed Technical Electives (See list below): 6
Electives3 4-8
 Total Credits 24-28
 Program Total Credits: 120

Directed Technical Electives

Select a minimum of 6 credits from a minimum of two courses:
BZ 471
BZ 472
Stream Biology and Ecology
and Stream Biology and Ecology Laboratory
4
CIVE 322Basic Hydrology3
CIVE 413Environmental River Mechanics3
CIVE 440Nonpoint Source Pollution3
CIVE 455Applications in Geotechnical Engineering3
CIVE 538Aqueous Chemistry3
ECON 340/AREC 340Introduction-Economics of Natural Resources3
GEOL 342Paleontology3
GEOL 424/CIVE 424Modern Gas and Oil3
GEOL 442Applied Geophysics4
GEOL 447Mineral Deposits3
GEOL 498Research 41-6
GEOL 546Sedimentary Basin Analysis4
GEOL 551Groundwater Modeling3
GEOL 552Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology2-3
GEOL 553Use of Tracers in Hydrogeology3
GEOL 562Statistical Data Analysis in Earth Resources3
GR 410Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications3
NR 323/GR 323Remote Sensing and Image Interpretation 53
NR 422GIS Applications in Natural Resource Management 54
PHIL 565Seminar in Environmental Philosophy3
POLS 361U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy3
SOC 461Water, Society, and Environment3
SOCR 440Pedology4
SOCR 467Soil and Environmental Chemistry3
SOCR 470Soil Physics 63
SOCR 478Environmental Soil Sciences3
STAT 315Statistics for Engineers and Scientists 73
WR 418Land Use and Water Quality3
WR 474Snow Hydrology3
WR 524/CIVE 524Modeling Watershed Hydrology3
Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and EngineersX 3A4
Select one course from following:    3-4
One Year Calculus IB (GT-MA1)  1B 
Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B 
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   13-14
Semester 2CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 111General Chemistry I (GT-SC2)X 3A4
CHEM 112General Chemistry Lab I (GT-SC1)X 3A1
GEOL 154Historical and Analytical GeologyX  4
Global and Cultural Awareness  3E3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
CO 150 and MATH 159 or MATH 160 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   15
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
GEOL 232MineralogyX  3
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology  4A4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1) X1B4
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyX 4B4
Select one course from the following:   3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)  2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)  2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)  2 
Select one course from the following:    5
General Physics I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A 
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
CHEM 113 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   15
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry  4A,4B4
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
Select one course from the following:    3-5
General Physics II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)  3A 
Soil Physics    
Select one course from the following:    3-4
Introduction to Ordinary Differential Equations    
Introduction to Statistical Methods    
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists    
GEOL 344 and PH 121 or 141 must be completed by the end of Semester 5. X   
 Total Credits   14-17
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 372Structural GeologyX 4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field MethodsX 4A,4C3
NR 319 or 322Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
   4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
MATH 161 and STAT 301 or MATH 340 or STAT 315 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   14
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field CourseX 4C6
 Total Credits   6
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 452HydrogeologyX  4
WR 416Land Use HydrologyX  3
Directed Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   2-4
GEOL 366 must be completed by the end of Semester 8. X   
 Total Credits   12-14
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 446Environmental GeologyX  3
GEOL 454GeomorphologyX  4
Directed Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectivesX  2-4
The benchmark courses for the 9th semester are the remaining courses in the entire program of study.X   
 Total Credits   12-14
 Program Total Credits:   120