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Academics: Environmental Science major / Geology focus

The environmental science major program of concentration is intended for students who plan to pursue a career requiring scientific training in environmental problems and their solutions. The major will prepare you for jobs in a variety of fields and for further study in graduate programs such as ecology, environmental science, or natural resource management.

Choose your major concentration

You must choose among biology, chemistry and geology for your environmental science major emphasis. The requirements outlined here are for those interested in the geology emphasis.

Admission to the program

To be formally admitted to the environmental science major program, you must have completed three college-level science courses with a minimum grade of C in each course. You must also be approved by the environmental science program committee.

Required courses

  • GEOL 151 - Introductory Geology OR GEOG 120 Earth Systems
  • GEOL 152 - Historical Geology
  • GEOL 215 - Mineralogy and Optical Mineralogy
  • GEOG 252- Geomorphology
  • GEOL 312 - Environmental Geology
  • BIOL 123 - The Living World
  • BIOL 225 - Ecology and Evolutionary Systems
  • BIOL 345 - Ecosystem Ecology and Management
  • CHEM 103 - General Chemistry I
  • CHEM 104 - General Chemistry II
  • CHEM 253 - Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry OR CHEM 261 - Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 271 - Environmental Chemistry

Required cognates

  • ENST 210 - Human Impacts on the Environment
  • ENST 302 - Environment and Society
  • ENST 395 - History and Philosophy of Environmental Thought
  • MATH 143 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics AND MATH 132 -Calculus for Management, Life, and Social Sciences
    OR
  • MATH 171 - Calculus I AND MATH 172 - Calculus II AND MATH 243 - Statistics

Electives

  • GEOL 212 - Structural Geology
  • GEOL 304 - Geochemistry
  • GEOL 317 - Sedimentation and Stratigraphy
  • GEOG 322 - Coastal Geomorphology
  • BIOL 224 - Cellular and Genetic Systems
  • an approved alternative

Courses

Geology
Geography
Environmental studies

Advisor

Dr. Ralph Stearley
rstearle@calvin.edu

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