Geology, Bachelor of Science or Arts (B.S. or B.A.)

Requirements for Majors

A GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major is required for graduation. The GPA in the major is calculated from courses in the major based in the major department only, and that have been taken at City College or through ePermit, including all courses in excess of the minimum required for the degree.

The EAS Curriculum comprises a basic set of courses (Non-EAS Science and Math Courses and Basic Courses for EAS Majors) complemented by 33 credits of elective courses (Electives for Standard EAS Option). The EAS elective set is extensive and is supplemented by special topics courses offered on subjects of interest to students and faculty. Recent special topics courses have included Environmental Site Assessments, Geothermal Resources, and a course on the environmental applications of the Matlab computer program. Under certain circumstances, selected courses from other departments may also be counted toward the major. This option is limited, however, and is approved on a case-by-case basis. Selections from the set of EAS electives are chosen in consultation with either Dr. Lampousis or Professor Kenyon, to ensure a coherent program.

It is recommended that EAS majors complete PHYS 20700-20800, though the PHYS 20300-20400 sequence may be preferred for some students. MATH 20100-20300 is recommended, but MATH 20500-20900 is an acceptable option for some students. Recommendations are on a case-by-case basis.

Foundational courses for the EAS major must be completed before embarking upon related courses in the major. Students with appropriate background as demonstrated by the College’s Placement Exam may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. The foundational course for Earth Systems Science (EAS 10600) is Pre-Calculus (Math 19500); this course must be passed with a grade of C or higher (or students must place into a higher math course) in order to proceed to the next level.

Standard EAS Option, Leading to a B.S. Degree

All EAS majors in the standard option must complete the Basic Courses for EAS Majors with a grade of at least C in each course and pass 33 credits of courses from the elective list with a C average.

Required Courses (for both Standard EAS and Secondary Education options):

Required Non-EAS Science and Math Courses

Course NumberTitleCredits

Normal Sequence (for most students): (26 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH 20100Calculus I

3

MATH 20200Calculus II

3

MATH 20300Calculus III

4

CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 10401General Chemistry II

4

PHYS 20700University Physics I

4

PHYS 20800University Physics II

4

Alternative Sequence (for geobiology): (24 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH 20500Elements of Calculus

4

MATH 20900Elements of Calculus and Statistics

4

CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

CHEM 10401General Chemistry II

4

PHYS 20300General Physics I

4

PHYS 20400General Physics II

4

Basic EAS Courses: (22 credits)

Course NumberTitleCredits
EAS 10600Earth Systems Science

4

EAS 21700Systems Analysis of the Earth

4

EAS 22700Structural Geology

4

EAS 30800ESS Modeling/Databases

3

EAS 41300Environmental Geochemistry

3

EAS 472**Environmental Project

4-6

EAS 10600: ENGR 10610 also accepted

EAS Electives for Standard EAS Option

Course NumberTitleCredits

Choose 33 credits from the elective list below

Course NumberTitleCredits
EAS 30000Earth and Environmental Science Seminar

1

EAS 301**-304**Honors I-IV

Variable cr.

EAS 30900Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

3

EAS 310**Independent Study

1-4

EAS 311**-315**Selected Topics in Earth Systems Science

3-4

EAS 32800Global Environmental Hazards

3

EAS 33000Geographic Information Systems

3

EAS 33300Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

3

EAS 33400Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

3

EAS 34500Hydrology

3

EAS 36500Coast and Ocean Processes

3

EAS 41700Satellite Meteorology

3

EAS 42600Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Analysis

3

EAS 42700Remote Sensing of the Ocean

3

EAS 43000Sedimentology

3

EAS 43900Mineral/Energy Resources

4

EAS 44600Groundwater Hydrology

3

EAS 44800Terrestrial, Aquatic and Atmospheric Systems

4

EAS 45000Environmental Field Methods

3

EAS 48800Climate Change

3

EAS 52800Plate Tectonics/Geodynamics

3

EAS 56100Geophysics

3

EAS 56500Environmental Geophysics

3

EAS 56600Solid Earth Geochemistry

3

Up to 9 credits of the 33 credits of electives may come from the non-EAS courses below:

Course NumberTitleCredits
BIO 10100Biological Foundations I

4

BIO 10200Biological Foundations II

4

CHEM 26100Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 26200Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

2

CHEM 26300Organic Chemistry II

3

CSC 10200Introduction for Computing

3

ENGR 30100Introduction to Satellite Remote Sensing and Imaging

3

ENGR 59910Introduction to GIS

3

MATH 39100Methods of Differential Equations

3

MATH 39200Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis for Engineers

3

MATH 37500Elements of Probability Theory

4

MATH 37600Mathematical Statistics

4

MATH 37700Applied Statistics and Probability

3

Requirements for a B.A. in EAS

Course NumberTitleCredits
B.A. Science Core

9

Required EAS Courses

22

EAS Electives

33

Total Credit Hours: 55

Additional Requirements

General Education Requirements ("Pathways")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students. See the General Education Requirements (Pathways) section of the Bulletin for more information. Earth and Atmospheric Science students will satisfy their "Pathways" requirements most efficiently by following these recommendations:

Fixed Core

Course NumberTitleCredits

English Composition I:

Course NumberTitleCredits
FIQWS Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar

6

English Composition II:

Course NumberTitleCredits
ENGL 21003Writing for the Sciences

3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning:

Course NumberTitleCredits
MATH 20100Calculus I

3

Life and Physical Sciences:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 10301General Chemistry I

4

Flexible Core

Course NumberTitleCredits

World Cultures and Global Issues:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Individual and Society:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

U.S. Experience in its Diversity:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Creative Expression:

any CLAS offerings in this category

Course NumberTitleCredits

Scientific World:

Course NumberTitleCredits
PHYS 20700

Additional course in Scientific World:

Course NumberTitleCredits
CHEM 10401General Chemistry II

4

College Option

Course NumberTitleCredits

Speech

Course NumberTitleCredits
SPCH 11100Foundations of Speech Communication

3

OR

SPCH 00380

or exemption on the basis of demonstrated proficiency

Foreign Language

Two semesters of college-level study, or exemption on the basis of two years of high-school level study, or demonstrated proficiency.

Course NumberTitleCredits

Philosophy

Any approved CLAS offerings in this category.

Course NumberTitleCredits