Academic Catalog 2021-2022 
    
    Apr 12, 2024  
Academic Catalog 2021-2022 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geosciences, B.S.


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Requirements for the Major:


All students must complete two courses from the following list:


Also required are two terms each of the following:


Mathematics


Any two courses numbered 100 or higher, or equivalent such as:

Chemistry


 The following is required, and any CHM course numbered 102 or higher.

Biology or Physics


(any two courses numbered 100 or higher).

Note: Advanced work or a minor is encouraged in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, economics, or engineering.

 

All Geosciences courses at the 100 level are introductory and have no prerequisites. All serve as an entry point to the major. Preference will be given to first and second year students


Additional Requirements


Senior Geosciences majors may not take any introductory course for major credit. A senior thesis is required, and theses may either be 1 term (GEO 498 ) or 2-3 terms (GEO 495 , GEO 496  , GEO 497 ). Completion of a two-term senior thesis (GEO 495 and GEO 496) is required for honors, and only one senior level research credit may count toward the two geosciences electives. Students who intend on going to graduate school are strongly encouraged to do a research thesis and to take two courses in physics rather than biology, unless specifically interested in paleontology or geobiology, because most graduate programs require physics. A summer field course in the junior year is strongly recommended, particularly for those going on to graduate school or geological consulting work.

Requirements for Honors in Geosciences:


The major requirements as specified above are required, as are the GPA requirements of Union College described elsewhere in this catalog. A senior research thesis is required, consisting of at least two terms of GEO 495 , GEO 496  or GEO 497  (independent research with a faculty member). Theses involving GEO 497  must be completed by the end of the 6th week of the Spring term. An oral public presentation and defense in the spring term is also required. Successful defense of the thesis is determined by a vote of the geosciences faculty. An oral public presentation and defense in the spring term is also required. Successful defense of the thesis is determined by a vote of the geosciences faculty.

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