Earth & Environmental Sciences Department
- Understand the scientific method and how it is applied in the context of a discipline.
- Understand the earth system, the connections between abiotic and biotic systems, and the effect of the human society on the natural system. Understand the historical context of environmental awareness.
- Application of classification systems: vocabulary, observation and categorization.
- Scale interaction within space and time on earth science processes and outcomes.
- Geographic relationships of Earth, science processes, landforms and materials and comprehension of methods to relate these relationships.
- Data, plot and map interpretation and construction.
- Discipline-appropriate methods for observation, classification, characterization and description using relevant technologies and telemetries.
- Development of discipline-appropriate synthesis of readings, laboratory work and course material to produce original scientific understanding.
Honors in Earth and Environmental Sciences. The departmental honors program encourages and recognizes superior academic performance in earth and environmental sciences. To graduate with departmental honors, earth and environmental sciences majors do the following:
Candidates for academic honors must:
- Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and a GPA of 3.50 in major courses to qualify for academic honors.
- Take the department comprehensive exam and score 75 percent or better during their senior year.
Candidates for research honors must:
- Be nominated by a member of the earth and environmental sciences faculty by Feb. 15 of their senior year.
- Submit an acceptable research thesis based upon two semesters of student research (EENV-595 and EENV-596) and earn a grade of B or better in these courses.
- Pass an oral comprehensive examination of their thesis in their final semester.