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Geology

Dr. Jonathan Nyquist, Chair

Dr. Allison Tumarkin-Deratzian, Faculty Advisor
Beury Hall, Room 315B
215-204-2321
altd@temple.edu

The Department of Earth and Environmental Science offers both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Geology.

The B.S. program prepares students for immediate entry into a career in geology or for graduate studies. Career opportunities for geologists in industry and government include planning for the environment, evaluation of waste disposal sites, monitoring of groundwater, and exploration for natural resources. The B.S. program is excellent preparation for graduate study and ultimately for a career in research, teaching, industry, or government.

The B.A. program is not intended for prospective geologists. The B.A. program is suitable for pre-medicine or pre-law students or for students planning to teach earth science in secondary schools.

A departmental field trip for undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty will be conducted during each fall semester.

 

Bachelor of Arts

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

 

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement: Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Earth & Environmental Science 3096, or Earth & Environmental Science 4696.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • Two (2) Upper-Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
  • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (55-56 s.h.)

  • One (1) Chemistry course is required (4 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033 or 1951/1953.
  • One (1) Mathematics course is required (4 s.h.): Mathematics 1041 or 1941. 
  • One (1) Physics course is required (4 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021.
  • Eight (8) Earth & Environmental Science (EES) courses are required (32 s.h.): Earth & Environmental Science 2001, 2011, 3021, and five (5) EES electives 2002 or above.  Two (2) of the five (5) EES electives must be writing-intensive and one (1) of the five (5) EES elective courses can be outside of the department with faculty advisor approval.
  • Three (3) Science/Math Foundation courses are required.  One foundation course must be within mathematics and two foundation courses must be within science.  Select science/math foundation courses from the following list (11-12 s.h.): Biology 1111 or 1911, Biology 2112 or 2912, Chemistry 1032/1034 or 1952/1954, Chemistry 2201/2203, Mathematics 1042, Mathematics 2031, Statistics 2103, and Physics 1062 or 2022.

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2001 Physical Geology 4  
Mathematics 1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4

4
 
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 1 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry
Chemistry

Chemistry
Chemistry
1031
1033

1951
1953
General Chemistry I and
General Chemistry I Laboratory
     or
Honors General Chemistry I and
Honors General Chemistry I Laboratory
3
1

3
1
 
General Education / Elective Credits     12  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 2 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2011 Mineralogy I (F) 4  
Physics 1061 Elementary Classical Physics I 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 2 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective* 4  
Mathematics   Science Foundation Elective (Math)^ 3-4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7-8  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 3 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 3021 Introduction to Hydrology (F) 4  
Science   Science Foundation Elective (Science)^ 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     8  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 3 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective* 4 WI
Science   Science Foundation Elective (Science)^ 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
 
Year 4 - Fall Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective* 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     12  
Subtotal     16  
 
Year 4 - Spring Semester
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective* 4 WI
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ Earth & Environmental Science Elective* 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.A. in Geology 55-56  
General Education / Elective Credits 68-67  
Total Credits for B.A. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only course.

Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

 

*Earth & Environmental Science Electives

 

Earth & Environmental Science electives must be above 2001, and at least two of the Earth & Environmental Science electives must be writing-intensive courses.  One of the five EES elective courses can be outside of the department with faculty advisor approval.

 

^Science Foundation electives

NOTE: One course from the approved list of Science Foundation Electives must be a Mathematics course and two courses must be science courses.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 1111

1911
Introduction to Biology I
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology I
4

4
 
Biology 2112

2912
Introduction to Biology II
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology II
4

4
 
Chemistry 1032/1034

1952/1954
General Chemistry II & Lab
    or
Honors General Chemical Science II & Lab
4

4
 
Chemistry 2201/2203 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4  
Mathematics 1042 Calculus II 4  
Mathematics 2031 Probability & Statistics 3  
Statistics 2103 Business Statistics 4  
Physics 1062

2022
Elementary Classical Physics II
     or
General Physics II
4

4
 

 

Bachelor of Science

 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

 

1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)

  • Mathematics 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or English 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple as part of their major. Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing intensive requirement: Earth & Environmental Science 2096, Earth & Environmental Science 3096, or Earth & Environmental Science 4696.
  • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
    • The General Education Curriculum consists of approximately 25-26 s.h.  See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.

2. College Requirements

  • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
  • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).

3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (70-73 s.h.)

  • One (1) Chemistry course is required (4 s.h.): Chemistry 1031/1033 or 1951/1953.
  • Two (2) Mathematics courses are required (8 s.h.): Mathematics 1041 or 1941, and Mathematics 1042 or 1942 or 2031. 
  • One (1) Physics course is required (4 s.h.): Physics 1061 or 2021.
  • Twelve (12) Earth & Environmental Science (EES) courses are required (46-49 s.h.): Earth & Environmental Science 2001, 2011, two (2) EES courses between 2020-2029, one (1) EES course between 3096-3099, one (1) EES course between 3020-3025, one (1) EES course between 4101-4109, 4589, and four (4) Upper-Level (2002+) EES electives.  Two of the four EES electives may be replaced with science upper-level electives (SUE) from the following list: Biology 2112 or higher; Chemistry 2201/2203 or higher; Mathematics 2043 or higher; and Physics 1062 or higher.  One of the four electives must be writing intensive.
  • Two (2) Science Foundation Elective (SFE) courses are required. Select foundation courses from the following list (8 s.h.): Biology 1111 or 1911, Biology 2112 or 2912, Chemistry 1032/1034 or 1042/1044 or 1952/1954, Chemistry 2201/2203, and Physics 1062 or 2022. 

NOTE: Science Foundation Electives (SFE) and Science Upper-Level Electives (SUE) courses cannot be double-counted.

Suggested Semester by Semester Plan

Year 1 - Fall Semester    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2001 Physical Geology 4  
Mathematics 1041

1941
Calculus I
     or
Honors Calculus I
4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
         
Year 1 - Spring Semester    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Chemistry 1031/1033

1951/1953
General Chemistry I & Lab
     or
Honors General Chemical Science I & Lab
4  
Mathematics 1042

1942

2031
Calculus II
     or
Honors Calculus II
     or
Probability & Statistics
4  
General Education / Elective Credits     7  
Subtotal     15  
         
Year 2 - Fall Semester    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2011 Mineralogy I (F) 4  
Physics 1061
  or
2021
Elementary Classical Physics I
     or
General Physics I
4  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     14  
         
Year 2 - Spring Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 3096-3099 Igneous & Metamorphic Petrology (or Similar) (S) 4 WI
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ 2002+ EES Elective 3-4  
Science   Science Foundation Elective ^ 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     4-3  
Subtotal     15  
         
Year 3 - Fall Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2020-2029 Facies Models (or Similar) 4  
Earth & Environmental Science 3020-3025 Introduction to Hydrology (or Similar) (F) 4  
Science   Science Foundation Elective ^ 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     3  
Subtotal     15  
         
Year 3 - Spring Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2020-2029 Paleontology & Stratigraphy (or Similar) (S) 4  
Earth & Environmental Science 4101-4109 Structural Geology (or Similar) (S) 4  
General Education / Elective Credits     6  
Subtotal     14  
         
Year 3 - Summer Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 4589 Field Geology (see Advisor) (SS) 6  
Subtotal     6  
Note: Summer field camp is required of all B.S. geology majors and is usually taken in the summer of the junior or senior year. Students choose summer field camps at other institutions which are typically 4-6 weeks in length with tuition typically ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. The Earth & Environmental Science Department holds fundraisers throughout the year to help defray the costs. Students may also apply for research scholarships at CST and at the university. The Earth & Environmental Science undergraduate advisor must approve the choice of field camp.
         
Year 4 - Fall Semester      
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science
      or
Science Upper-Level Elective (SUE)
2002+ 2002+ EES Elective
   or
Science Upper-Level Elective*
3-4    
General Education / Elective Credits     11-10  
Subtotal     14  
         
Year 4 - Spring Semester    
Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Earth & Environmental Science 2002+ 2002+ EES Elective 3-4 WI
Earth & Environmental Science
      or
Science Upper-Level Elective (SUE)
2002+ 2002+ EES Elective
   or
Science Upper-Level Elective*
3-4    
General Education / Elective Credits     9-7  
Subtotal     15  
         
Credits in Coursework for B.S. in Geology 70-73  
General Education / Elective Credits 53-50  
Total Credits for B.S. Degree 123  

(F) - Fall only courses.

(S) - Spring only courses.

(SS) - Summer only course.

Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.

 

^Science Foundation electives

NOTE: Two courses required from this list.

Subject Course # Course Title Hours Attribute
Biology 1111

1911
Introduction to Biology I
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology I
4

4
 
Biology 2112

2912
Introduction to Biology II
     or
Honors Introduction to Biology II
4

4
 
Chemistry 1032/1034

1952/1954
General Chemistry II & Lab
    or
Honors General Chemical Science II & Lab
4

4
 
Chemistry 2201/2203 Organic Chemistry I & Lab 4  
Physics 1062

2022
Elementary Classical Physics II
     or
General Physics II
4

4
 

 

*Science Upper Level Electives (SUE)

The following is the list of courses that you can select from to fulfill the Science Upper-Level Electives (SUEs): Biology 2112 or higher; Chemistry 2201/2203 or higher; Earth & Environmental Science (EES) 2002 or higher; Mathematics 2043 or higher; and Physics 1062 or higher.  Science Foundation Electives (SFE) and Science Upper-Level Electives (SUE) courses cannot be double-counted.

Earth & Environmental Science electives must be above 2001, and at least one must be writing-intensive.  At most, one of the EES electives or SUEs may be a graduate-level course with permission of the faculty advisor.

 

Minor

Students interested in acquiring a basic knowledge of Geology but not wishing to major in Geology may pursue a minor in Geology by successfully completing the following courses:

  • Earth & Environmental Science 2001
  • Chemistry 1021/1023 or Chemistry 1031/1033
  • Mathematics 1022 or Mathematics 1041 or higher
  • Earth & Environmental Science electives numbered above 2001, with a total of 16 or more credits, chosen with the approval of the undergraduate Earth & Environmental Science advisor.

 

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include Chemistry 1027, for example.

Five-Year Master's Program

Five-Year Combined B.A. or B.S. and Ed.M. Program

This is a combined program between the College of Science and Technology and the College of Education.  For more information, see the following web site:

www.temple.edu/bulletin/Academic_programs/schools_colleges/ed/intro/generalinfo/ed_generalinfo.shtm#teacher

Senior Research Project

Students whose cumulative GPA is at least 3.25 at the end of the first semester of their junior year are eligible to undertake a senior research project. In the second semester of their junior year, students must select a faculty research advisor and, with the advisor, prepare a written research proposal. After the research advisor and the undergraduate Earth & Environmental Science advisor approve the proposal, the student may register for up to four (4) hours of Earth & Environmental Science 4082 (Individual Study Program) for a grade. Additional credits may be offered in subsequent semesters, but only for Credit/Non-Credit (CR/NC), to carry out the research project. Normally, the project will involve field or laboratory work in the summer between the junior and senior years and lead to presentation of the results at a departmental seminar.

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to achieve a 3.5 GPA for the aggregate of courses required for the B.S. in Geology or the B.A. in Geology.

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