Environmental Geology students develop expertise in surface and shallow-subsurface processes that shape the Earth and provide important soil and water resources and services for human and natural use.  Graduates will be prepared for employment opportunities 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 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 and promote sound stewardship of Earth resources.  The curriculum also provides a strong foundation for those planning to continue on to graduate studies.

Effective Fall 2015

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
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1)1B4
Arts and Humanities3B3
Global Cultural Awareness3E3
 Total Credits 26
Sophomore
 
CHEM 113General Chemistry II 3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II 1
Select one from the following: 3
Writing Arguments (GT-CO3)2 
Writing in the Disciplines: Sciences (GT-CO3)2 
Professional and Technical Communication (GT-CO3)2 
GEOL 232Mineralogy 3
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology4A4
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4B4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1)1B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1)3A5
 Total Credits 27
Junior
 
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry4A,4B4
GEOL 372Structural Geology4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field Methods4A,4C3
NR 319 or 322Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
 4
PH 142 or SOCR 470Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (GT-SC1)
Soil Physics
3A3-5
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science 4
Select one from the following: 3
Introduction to Statistical Methods  
Statistics for Engineers and Scientists  
Arts and Humanities3B3
Historical Perspectives3D3
 Total Credits 31-33
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
Select two Directed Technical Electives 6-8
Stream Biology and Ecology  
Basic Hydrology  
Environmental River Mechanics  
Nonpoint Source Pollution  
Applications in Geotechnical Engineering  
Aqueous Chemistry  
Introduction-Economics of Natural Resources  
Modern Gas and Oil  
Applied Geophysics  
Mineral Deposits  
Research  
Sedimentary Basin Analysis  
Groundwater Modeling  
Advanced Topics in Hydrogeology  
Statistical Data Analysis in Earth Resources  
Climate Change: Science, Policy, Implications  
Seminar in Environmental Philosophy  
U.S. Environmental Politics and Policy  
Water, Society, and Environment  
Pedology  
Soil and Environmental Chemistry  
Soil Physics  
Environmental Soil Sciences  
Land Use and Water Quality  
Snow Hydrology  
Modeling Watershed Hydrology  
Social and Behavioral Sciences3C3
Electives5 3-7
 Total Credits 28-30
 Program Total Credits: 120-122
1

GEOL 120, GEOL 122, or GEOL 124 in combination with GEOL 121 may be substituted for GEOL 150.

2

 MATH 340 may be substituted for STAT 301.

3

 A maximum of one credit may be counted toward Directed Technical Electives.

4

May be selected as a Directed Technical Elective if not taken in the junior year to fulfill the physics requirement. 

5

Select enough elective credits to bring the program total to a minimum of 120-122 credits, of which at least 42 must be upper-division (300- to 400-level).

Freshman
Semester 1CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CO 150College Composition (GT-CO2) X1A3
GEOL 150Physical Geology for Scientists and EngineersX 3A4
MATH 160Calculus for Physical Scientists I (GT-MA1) X1B4
Arts and Humanities  3B3
 Total Credits   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
CO 150 and MATH 160 must be completed by the end of Semester 2.X   
 Total Credits   12
Sophomore
Semester 3CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
CHEM 113General Chemistry II   3
CHEM 114General Chemistry Lab II   1
GEOL 232MineralogyX  3
GEOL 344Stratigraphy and Sedimentology   4
MATH 161Calculus for Physical Scientists II (GT-MA1) X1B4
 Total Credits   15
Semester 4CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
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 
GEOL 364Igneous and Metamorphic PetrologyX 4B4
PH 141Physics for Scientists and Engineers I (GT-SC1) X3A5
CHEM 113 must be completed by the end of Semester 4.X   
 Total Credits   12
Junior
Semester 5CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 366Sedimentary Petrology and Geochemistry  4A,4B4
SOCR 240Introductory Soil Science   4
Select one course from the following:   3-5
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 141 must be completed by the end of Semester 5.X   
 Total Credits   14-16
Semester 6CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 372Structural GeologyX 4B4
GEOL 376Geologic Field MethodsX 4A,4C3
Select one course from the following:   4
Geospatial Applications in Natural Resources    
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems    
Arts and Humanities  3B3
Historical Perspectives  3D3
MATH 161 and STAT 301 or STAT 315 must be completed by the end of Semester 6.X   
 Total Credits   17
Semester 7CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 436Geology Summer Field CourseX 4C6
 Total Credits   6
Senior
Semester 8CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 452HydrogeologyX  4
WR 416Land Use HydrologyX  3
Social and Behavioral Sciences  3C3
Directed Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)   3
Elective   3
GEOL 366 must be completed by the end of Semester 8.X   
 Total Credits   16
Semester 9CriticalRecommendedAUCCCredits
GEOL 446Environmental GeologyX  3
GEOL 454GeomorphologyX  4
Directed Technical Elective (See Department List on Concentration Requirements tab)X  3
ElectivesX  0-4
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:   120-122