Earth & Environmental Sciences

Requirements for the Major in Earth and Environmental Sciences. All majors must complete the department foundation courses, a choice of distribution courses, and the corollary science and mathematics courses listed below. To satisfy degree requirements, courses in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences must be completed with grades of C- or higher. Students who change majors after completing EENV-102, EENV-103, EENV-104, EENV-105 or EENV-213 may substitute that course in place of EENV-101 in the introductory sequence.

Double-counting restriction: students in the Earth & Environmental Sciences department may double-count a maximum of 16 semester hours toward another major or minor.

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16      Department Introductory Sequence

4 EENV-101 Environmental Science
4 EENV-113 Geology and the Environment
4 EENV-220 Water Resources
4 EENV-240 Introduction to Meteorology

12      Distribution Requirements (one course each from 3 of the following 4 categories)

Water Distribution

EENV-380 Wetlands Analysis
EENV-420 Groundwater Hydrology

Geology Distribution

EENV-283 Sedimentology/Stratigraphy
EENV-313 The Susquehanna River

Surface Distribution

EENV-370 Environmental Geophysics
EENV-383 Soil Science

Climate/Energy Distribution

EENV-242 Climate and Global Change
EENV-332 Sustainable Energy Resources

8        Electives (8 SH from additional courses in the distribution list above or the following elective courses:)

4 ECOL-201 Ecosystems
4 EENV-250 Topics in Earth and Environmental Sciences
4 EENV-360 Geographic Information Systems
4 EENV-373 Air Quality
4 EENV-430 Chemistry of Natural Waters
4 CHEM-221 Organic Chemistry I

        BIOL-408 Aquatic Ecology and BIOL-409 Aquatic Ecology Laboratory

20      Corollary Courses

Two of the following four courses for 8 SH: (MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics, MATH-111 Calculus I, MATH-112 Calculus II or MATH-201 Linear Algebra)

4        General Chemistry I (Choose from: CHEM-101, CHEM-103 or CHEM-111)

4        General Chemistry II (Choose from: CHEM-102, CHEM-104 or CHEM-232)

4        Introductory Physics I (Choose from: PHYS-202, PHYS-203 or PHYS-204)

4        Senior Research: EENV-510 Senior Project I

4       Capstone Experience: EENV-511 Senior Project II or 4 SH from an approved Capstone experience in another department

For the purposes of calculating the required 2.00 minimum GPA in the major, the Earth and Environmental Sciences Department uses all of the major courses with the EENV prefix.  

Minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The minor requires 20 semester hours, with grades of C- or better, from among the courses in the major. No more than 8 SH in 100-level EENV courses may be applied toward the minor.

Double-counting restriction: students may double-count a maximum of 8 semester hours toward another major or minor.