Jun 02, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft] 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [Working Draft]

Earth Science [BS]


Earth Scientists integrate multiple fields of study to address the grand challenges our growing global population faces, such as climate change, coastal erosion, geological hazards, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and sustainable sources of energy. As an Earth Scientist, you can explore a variety of questions. Why is the Earth’s climate warming, how do we know, and how will this affect the Earth System? How do ocean currents influence temperature? How will sea level rise impact coastal communities? How do rivers and glaciers shape the landscapes around us? Ultimately, this degree will prepare you to address the challenges facing the Earth System in the future.

Learn

As a student in this program, you will learn to apply the scientific method in Earth Science through classroom, field, and laboratory experiences. You will investigate processes occurring above and at Earth’s surface and the connections that exist among them to produce complex planetary-scale phenomena, such as climate change, landscape evolution, ocean circulation, and weather patterns. By carefully selecting elective courses in consultation with an Earth Science Program adviser, you will gain a deeper knowledge of a specific component of the Earth System. Students primarily interested in the solid-Earth component of the Earth System should consider a major in Geology.

Opportunities

A degree in Earth Science could have you working in the environmental, natural resource, or construction fields. In these fields, you could be employed by consulting, government, industry, education, or research organizations. This degree will also prepare you for graduate studies in Earth Science or a related field. Students contemplating a professional career in Earth Science should know that training at the Master’s level or above is becoming increasingly necessary. Many graduate schools have minimum STEM requirements that may be beyond the minimum required by this program. Discuss with an Earth Science Program adviser your potential career path, and how best to achieve it.

This is a designated STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) program.

Department Information


Geography & Geology | Richard Sambrook, Ph.D., Department Head | 140D Strong Hall, 734.487.8489, rsambroo@emich.edu

Advisor Information


Maria-Serena Poli, Ph.D., Professor, 140L Strong Hall, 734.487.8063, mpoli@emich.edu

Thomas Kovacs, Ph.D., Professor, 140H Strong Hall, 734.487.8591, tkovacs@emich.edu

General Education Requirements:


For specific requirements, see General Education  or print a worksheet .  

Major Requirements: 71-76 hours


Science Foundation Requirements: 16-18 hours


Minor Requirement:


This major does not require a minor.

Program Total:


Students must earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level or above.

Critical Graduation Information


The following are minimum requirements for all bachelor’s degrees awarded by Eastern Michigan University. Some majors and minors require more than the minimum in one or more of the areas below; students are urged to consult the online catalog for the requirements of their particular programs.

  • Earn a minimum total of 124 credits at the 100-level and above. Courses with numbers below 100 will not be counted toward this degree requirement. At most 8 credit hours of physical education (PEGN) activity courses will be counted toward this requirement.
  • Meet the requirements of the General Education program (see information below).
  • Complete a Writing Intensive (GEWI) Course in your major.
  • Earn a minimum of 60 credits from a four-year college or university; courses taken at community colleges cannot be used to meet this requirement. (Some formal program-to-program articulation agreements modify this requirement. See specific agreements for details.)
  • Earn a minimum of 30 credits from courses taken at EMU.
  • Complete 10 of the last 30 hours for the degree from courses taken at EMU.
  • Have a minimum of 30 unique credit hours in their major and 20 unique credit hours in their minor for a total of at least 50 unique credit hours between them. Some majors that require 50 or more hours themselves do not require a minor; students should check requirements of the selected major in the undergraduate catalog to see if a minor is required.
  • Earn no more than 60 credit hours in one subject area (prefix). Credits in excess of the 60 maximum will not be counted toward the minimum of 124 credits required for a bachelor’s degree.
  • Earn the minimum number of credits in 300-level and above courses in each major and minor as specified below - these credits must be earned in distinct courses; that is, no course can be used to fulfill this requirement in more than one major or minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 6 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each minor
    • Earn a minimum of 9 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that requires a minor.
    • Earn a minimum of 15 credits in 300-level or higher courses at EMU in each major that does not require a minor
  • Transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken at colleges and universities that are accredited by one of the recognized regional accrediting bodies only if the courses are college-level (equated to 100-level or above at EMU) and the student earned a “C” (or 2.0 on a 4 point scale) or better. Transfer credit may be awarded on a case-by-case basis for college-level courses in which a “C” (2.0) or better was earned at institutions outside the U.S. or at non-accredited U.S. institutions; individual departments/schools conduct the internal review of such courses within EMU, and additional documentation may be required. Please note: EMU awards only credit for transferred courses; grades are not used in the calculation of an EMU GPA.
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in courses taken at EMU in order to graduate. In addition, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 must be reached in each major and minor. Only courses taken at EMU and those applied to a student’s major or minor will be used in the calculation of their major and minor cumulative GPAs. (Note: some programs may require a higher GPA - check with your program advisor.)

General Education Requirements EMU’s General Education Program requires students to choose from a menu of approved courses in several different areas; do not assume that other courses in the same department or with similar names will fulfill these requirements. A detailed description of General Education requirements is available in the General Education  section of the catalog.

Students who transferred to EMU may have modified general education requirements based on Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) or articulation agreements; consult your academic advisor for additional information.