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Offerings of Earth and Environmental SciencesInnovative and flexible majors provide an interesting path for you to follow on your way to an LSA degree. From Camp Davis in Wyoming, to lab work on campus, you have an opportunity to explore the geological sciences in exciting ways...

Our innovative and flexible majors provide an interesting path for students to follow on their way to an LSA degree. From our field camp at Camp Davis in Wyoming, to lab work on campus, Michigan students have an opportunity to explore the geological sciences in exciting ways.

The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers:

 

 

Earth and Environmental Sciences Advising and Advance Approval of Elections

A plan for the major in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences is developed in consultation with a department advisor. A proposed plan must be approved in its entirety by the appropriate advisor prior to registration for the first term of major. Thereafter, progress through the plan and future elections must be reviewed, and approved in advance, whenever a change is proposed and in any case no less frequently than at the beginning of each new academic year of residence. Certification must also be obtained from an advisor, on an official LSA Major Release Form, immediately prior to submission of the application for the degree.

Information about appointments with department advisors is available  on the web at: www.lsa.umich.edu/earth/undergraduate/advising

Students wishing to pursue a minor in the department must develop a specific plan for its completion in consultation with the department's designated advisor. Appointments are scheduled online www.lsa.umich.edu/earth/undergraduate/advising

Upper-Level Writing Requirement

The College requires that every student satisfy an upper-level writing requirement before graduation. Students in majors in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences must satisfy this requirement by completion of EARTH 333 or  380 or by a program of writing that is explained in detail on the Earth and Environmental Sciences website:  www.lsa.umich.edu/earth/undergraduate.

 

Teaching Certificate

 The Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences offers prospective secondary school science teachers an opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree from the College with a major in the department while satisfying the requirements for a provisional secondary school teaching certificate with a teaching major in earth science or general science. An outline with specific information about the teaching major and minor in earth science, general science, and the other teaching certificate requirements should be obtained from the School of Education Office of Academic Services. Interested students should consult the teaching certificate advisor as early as possible.

Earth Systems Science concentration (Fall 2010-Fall 2011) +

Effective Fall 2010-Fall 2011 

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

 

Earth Systems Science is a departmental concentration designed to prepare students for graduate study in the Earth Sciences and for later professional work. This program of study is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science in the College of Engineering.

Each student concentrating in Earth Systems Science may choose one of three options in which to specialize: Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, or Biogeochemistry. To ensure the breadth required by the science of the Earth's natural systems, each student must complete a minimum of ten courses distributed as follows:

  1. Four core courses (MATH 216 and GEOSCI 320, 321, 409).
  2. One class from each of the options, not included in (1).
  3. At least three additional courses [not included in (1) and (2)] from any one of the options.

Prerequisites (should be completed as soon as possible):

  1. Three semesters of mathematics, ordinarily MATH 115, 116, 214 or 215.
  2. One year of introductory physics with laboratory, ordinarily PHYSICS 140, 141, 240 and 241.
  3. One semester of introductory chemistry with laboratory, either CHEM 125 and 130 or CHEM 210 and 211.
  4. At least one introductory course selected from GEOSCI 119 & 118, 116, 120, GEOSCI 171/AOSS 171, GEOSCI 201, 222/223, 284 & 118, AOSS 202, BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.

Core courses: MATH 216, GEOSCI 320, 321, and 409.

Earth Science Option

choose among:

  • ENVIRON 325, 341, 344, 380, 442, 479;
  • GEOSCI 325, 341, 344, 380, 420, 421, 422, 442, 443, 446, 449, 452, 472, 477, 483.

Atmospheric Science Option

choose among:

  • AOSS 323, 350, 370, 380, 401, 411, 414, 420, 422, 440, 451, 475;
  • ENSCEN 451, 475;
  • GEOSCI 323, 350, 370, 381, 401, 411, 414, 423, 446, 454, 457, 475.

Biogeochemistry Option

choose among:

  • AOSS 467;
  • BIOLOGY 445;
  • CHEM 467;
  • EEB 381, 445, 489;
  • ENSCEN 467;
  • ENVIRON 325, 381, 430, 435, 441, 467;
  • GEOSCI 325, 445, 465, 473, 478, 479.
  • NRE 430, 435, 441

Honors in Geological Sciences

Earth Systems Science concentration (Fall 2007-Summer 2010) +

Effective Fall 2007 - Summer 2010  

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The Earth Systems Science is a departmental concentration designed to prepare students for graduate study in the Earth Sciences and for later professional work. This program of study is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science in the College of Engineering.

Each student concentrating in Earth Systems Science must choose one of three options in which to specialize: Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, or Biogeochemistry. To ensure the breadth required by the science of the Earths natural systems, each student must complete a minimum of eight courses distributed as follows:

  1. One class from each of the three options.
  2. At least two classes from two of the three options.
  3. At least five additional prerequisites and electives within one option.

Prerequisites (common to all three options and should be completed as soon as possible):

  1. Two years of mathematics, ordinarily MATH 115, 116, 214 or 215 and 216.
  2. One year of introductory physics with laboratory, ordinarily PHYSICS 140, 141, 240 and 241.
  3. One semester of introductory chemistry with laboratory, either CHEM 125 and 130 or CHEM 210 and 211.

Core courses (common to all three options): GEOSCI 320, 321, and 409.

Earth Science Option 

  1. Additional prerequisites: at least one of GEOSCI 119 & 118 (or 116 or 120), GEOSCI 171/AOSS 171, or GEOSCI 201.
  2. Earth Science electives: choose among: GEOSCI 232, 284, 341, 325, 380, 420, 421, 422, 442, 443, 449, and 477.

Atmospheric Science Option 

  1. Additional prerequisites: at least one of AOSS 202 or GEOSCI 222/223.
  2. Atmospheric Science electives: choose among: AOSS 300, 350, 380, 414, 420, 451, 463, 475; GEOSCI 446.

Biogeochemistry Option 

  1. Additional prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162 or 171 or 172.B
  2. Biogeochemistry electives: choose among: AOSS 467; BIOLOGY 445; EEB 381, 489; ENVIRON 435, 438, 441; GEOSCI 325, 445, 465, 473, 478, 479.

Honors in Geological Sciences

Earth Systems Science concentration (Effective through Summer 2007) +

Earth Systems Science

Effective through Summer 2007

May be elected as a departmental concentration program

The Earth Systems Science is a departmental concentration designed to prepare students for graduate study in the Earth Sciences and for later professional work. This program of study is conducted in cooperation with the Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Science in the College of Engineering.

Each student concentrating in Earth Systems Science must choose one of three options in which to specialize: Earth Science, Atmospheric Science, or Biogeochemistry. To insure the breadth required by the science of the Earths natural systems, each student must complete a minimum of eight courses distributed as follows:

 

  1. One class from each of the three options.
  2. At least two classes from two of the three options.
  3. At least five additional prerequisites and electives within one option.

 

Prerequisites (common to all three options and should be completed as soon as possible):

  1. Two years of mathematics, ordinarily MATH 115, 116, 214 or 215 and 216.
  2. One year of introductory physics with laboratory, ordinarily PHYSICS 140, 141, 240 and 241.
  3. One semester of introductory chemistry with laboratory, either CHEM 125 and 130 or CHEM 210 and 211.

Core courses (common to all three options): GEOSCI 320, 321, and 409.

Earth Science Option

  1. Additional prerequisites: at least one of GEOSCI 117 (or 116 or 120), GEOSCI 171/AOSS 171, or GEOSCI 201.
  2. Earth Science electives: choose among: GEOSCI 232, 284, 341, 325, 380, 420, 421, 422, 442, 443, 449, and 477.

Atmospheric Science Option

  1. Additional prerequisites: at least one of AOSS 202 or GEOSCI 222/223.
  2. Atmospheric Science electives: choose among: AOSS 300, 350, 380, 414, 420, 451, 463, 475; GEOSCI 446.

Biogeochemistry Option

  1. Additional prerequisites: BIOLOGY 162.
  2. Biogeochemistry electives: choose among: AOSS 467; BIOLOGY 445; EEB 381, 489; ENVIRON 435, 438, 441; GEOSCI 325, 445, 465, 473, 478, 479.

 

Honors in Geological Sciences


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