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  Sep 20, 2017
 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Earth and Environmental Sciences, BA


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Program Description:

Earth Sciences:

Earth science (also known as geology) is the study of the earth.  This includes the processes that shape its surface (both land and water) and interior. It focuses on current and past processes. Many professional earth scientists work to protect natural resources, including water and environments. Professional earth scientists also explore for new resources such as oil, gas, or minerals. Others find careers as high school teachers.

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Earth Sciences Concentration

The Earth Sciences Concentration is for students who want a flexible program. It combines fundamental courses in earth sciences with basic courses in related sciences. It also requires courses in areas outside of science. The Bachelor of Arts program is flexible enough to combine with a dual major in an unrelated field. The Bachelor of Science degree is more focused in earth and related sciences.

The degree program develops many skills:
  • solving problems using critical thinking
  • combining a range of sciences (chemistry, physics, biology and mathematics) in creatively solving practical problems
  • collaborating to complete projects with others
  • interpreting various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text
  • presenting insights and information in writing and speaking
Career Opportunities:

The Earth Sciences Concentration is designed for students planning careers in fields such as environmental consulting or resource exploration. Other careers include public service within local, state, or federal regulatory agencies (EPA, Ohio EPA). It is also a choice for students planning graduate study in earth and environmental sciences.

For additional information:

 

Earth Sciences Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours


Required

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Required

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours


Required

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 9 Hours


IV. Related Course Requirements: 43 Hours


Electives NOT from COSM or CECS: 18 Hours


Approved electives from COSM or CECS: 17 Hours


  • which may include up to 8 hours of EES courses

V. General Electives: 4 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Life Science/Earth Science Concentration

The Life Science/Earth Science Education Concentration is for students who want careers as high school teachers. After completing this degree, students continue into the Professional Educators Program Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree through the College of Education and Human Services. After completing both programs, students can then seek licensure from the Ohio Department of Education in both Life Sciences and Earth Sciences.

The degree program develops diverse skills and content knowledge:
  • awareness of diverse teaching methods
  • content knowledge in two fields - life sciences (biology) and earth sciences (geology)
  • ability to explain various types of information, including numbers, graphs, and text
  • skill in presenting insights and information by writing and speaking
Career Opportunities:

The Life Scienc/Earth Science Concentration is designed for students planning careers as high school (Adolescent/Young Adult) teachers.

Life Science/Earth Science Education Concentration


Program Requirements:


I. Wright State Core: 40 Hours


Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours


Element 2: Mathematics: 4 Hours


Required

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours


Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours


Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours


Required

Additional Core Courses: 7 Hours


Required

II. Departmental Core Requirements: 18 Hours


III. Departmental Requirements and Electives: 0 Hours


V. General Electives: 0 Hours


Total: 120 Hours


Graduation Planning Strategy


The Graduation Planning Strategy (GPS) has been created to illustrate one option to complete degree requirements within a particular time frame. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor to adjust this plan based on credit already earned, individual needs or curricular changes that may not be reflected in this year’s catalog.

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