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New Mexico State University

2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog


DEGREE: Bachelor of Science

MAJOR: Geology

OPTION: Earth and Environmental Systems

The option in geological sciences provides students with scientific insight as a foundation for careers in environmental earth science, environmental policy and resource management. Qualified students are also prepared for graduate study in these areas. This option does not prepare students for graduate study in the geological sciences; these students should follow the curriculum in the Geological Sciences Option.

Nondepartmental Requirements (41 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

A ST 311Statistical Applications

3 cr.

 

AG E 337VNatural Resource Economics

3 cr.

or

AG E 384VWater Resource Economics

3 cr.

 

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

ECON 252GPrinciples of Microeconomics

3 cr.

GEOG 120GCulture and Environment

3 cr.

GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

Two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)

8 cr.

Two courses from the following:

GOVT 343Congress and the Legislative Process

3 cr.

GOVT 395Law and Society

3 cr.

GOVT 399New Mexico Law

3 cr.

Departmental Requirements (29 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

GEOL 111GSurvey of Geology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

HON 219GEarth, Time, and Life

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life

3 cr.

GEOL 310Mineralogy

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present

3 cr.

GEOL 360General Geochemistry

3 cr.

GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 449The Geological Profession

1 cr.

GEOL 470Structural Geology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America

3 cr.

Elective Requirements (9 credits)

Students must obtain a C- or better in any three of the following courses:

C E 357Soil Mechanics

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 295Environmental Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 312Optical Mineralogy

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 353Geomorphology

3 cr.

 

GEOL 424Soil Chemistry

3 cr.

or

GEOL 479Environmental Soil Chemistry

3 cr.

 

GEOL 434Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins

3 cr.

GEOL 444GIS for Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 452Geohydrology

4 cr. (3+2P)

GEOL 465Isotope Geochemistry

3 cr.

GEOL 475Geology of Mineral Resources

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 478Petroleum Geology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 480Seminar

1-3 cr.

GEOL 490Field Geology

3 cr. (9P)

GEOL 495Geology Field Camp

4 cr. (12P)

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

Other electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, must bring the total credits to 120, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

Secondary Teaching Licensure

To earn the Secondary Teaching Licensure, students must complete these courses and pass the NMTA Basic Skills, NMTA General Knowledge, and NMTA Content Knowledge Licensure Exams:

Required Courses (21 credits)

EDUC 505Classroom Management

3 cr.

EDUC 509Teaching Methods Laboratory

3 cr.

EDUC 510Internship/Student Teaching

6 cr.

EDUC 563Teaching Science at the Middle and High School Level

3 cr. (2+2P)

RDG 514Content Area Literacy

3 cr.

SPED 480Secondary Curriculum, Methods and Materials for Special Education in a Diverse Society

3 cr.

OPTION: Earth Science Education

The option in earth science education is a collaboration between the Department of Geological Sciences and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education. In this option, students earn a Secondary Licensure as well as a BS in Geology, and become qualified to teach the Broad Sciences at the middle and high school levels. Students take one year of graduate classes in the College of Education to complete the Secondary Licensure.

Nondepartmental Requirements (51 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

ASTR 105GThe Planets

4 cr. (3+2P)

or

ASTR 110GIntroduction to Astronomy

4 cr. (3+2P)

 

BIOL 111GNatural History of Life

3 cr.

BIOL 111GLNatural History of Life Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

BIOL 313Structure and Function of Plants

3 cr. (2+3P)

or

BIOL 322Zoology

3 cr. (2+3P)

 

C EP 110GHuman Growth and Behavior

3 cr.

C EP 210Educational Psychology

3 cr.

 

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

EDLT 368Integrating Technology with Teaching

3 cr.

EDUC 315Multicultural Education

3 cr. (2+2P)

EDUC 381Secondary Field Experience

3 cr. (2+2P)

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

or

PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I

3 cr.

 

PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II

3 cr.

or

PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II

3 cr.

 

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

or

PHYS 215GLEngineering Physics I Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory

1 cr.

or

PHYS 216GLEngineering Physics II Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

Two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)

8 cr.

CHEM 115 and CHEM 116: Preferred

Departmental Requirements (29 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

GEOL 111GSurvey of Geology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

HON 219GEarth, Time, and Life

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life

3 cr.

GEOL 310Mineralogy

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present

3 cr.

GEOL 360General Geochemistry

3 cr.

GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 434Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins

3 cr.

GEOL 444GIS for Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 449The Geological Profession

1 cr.

GEOL 470Structural Geology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America

3 cr.

Other electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, must bring the total credits to 120, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.

After completing the BS in Geology, Option Earth Science Education, students should apply and be admitted to the Graduate School in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). For additional details, see the Curriculum and Instruction portion of the NMSU Graduate Catalog.

OPTION: Geological Sciences

The option in geological sciences is a broad field of study that prepares students for employment by energy and mineral industries, environmental and water resource companies, federal, state and local governments, as well as service companies that utilize earth resources. Qualified students are also prepared for graduate study in the geological sciences.

Nondepartmental Requirements (33 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

CHEM 111GGeneral Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

CHEM 115Principles of Chemistry I

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

CHEM 112GGeneral Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

CHEM 116Principles of Chemistry II

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

MATH 191GCalculus and Analytic Geometry I

4 cr.

and

MATH 192GCalculus and Analytic Geometry II

4 cr.

 

PHYS 211GGeneral Physics I

3 cr.

or

PHYS 215GEngineering Physics I

3 cr.

 

PHYS 212GGeneral Physics II

3 cr.

or

PHYS 216GEngineering Physics II

3 cr.

 

PHYS 211GLGeneral Physics I Laboratory

1 cr.

or

PHYS 215GLEngineering Physics I Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

PHYS 212GLGeneral Physics II Laboratory

1 cr.

or

PHYS 216GLEngineering Physics II Laboratory

1 cr. (3P)

 

Two semesters of a foreign language (111, 112) or high school equivalent (2 years)

8 cr.

CHEM 115 and CHEM 116: Preferred

One course from the following:

C S 167C Programming

3 cr. (2+2P)

C S 187Java Programming

3 cr. (2+2P)

C E 151Introduction to Civil Engineering

3 cr.

E E 161Computer Aided Problem Solving

4 cr. (3+3P)

GEOG 381Cartography and Geographic Information Systems

4 cr. (3+3P)

STAT 271GStatistics for Psychological Sciences

3 cr.

STAT 371Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I

3 cr.

Departmental Requirements (36 credits)

(May not be taken S/U and a grade of C- or better must be earned.)

GEOL 111GSurvey of Geology

4 cr. (3+3P)

or

HON 219GEarth, Time, and Life

4 cr. (3+3P)

 

GEOL 305VFossils and the Evolution of Life

3 cr.

GEOL 310Mineralogy

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 312Optical Mineralogy

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 360General Geochemistry

3 cr.

GEOL 399Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 420Stratigraphy and Sedimentology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 449The Geological Profession

1 cr.

GEOL 470Structural Geology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 490Field Geology

3 cr. (9P)

GEOL 491Tectonic Evolution of North America

3 cr.

GEOL 495Geology Field Camp

4 cr. (12P)

Elective Requirements (12 credits)

Students must obtain a C- or better in any four of the following courses:

C E 357Soil Mechanics

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 295Environmental Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 335VEarthquakes, Volcanoes, Hurricanes, and Floods: The Role of Natural Hazards in Civ Past and Present

3 cr.

GEOL 353Geomorphology

3 cr.

 

GEOL 424Soil Chemistry

3 cr.

or

GEOL 479Environmental Soil Chemistry

3 cr.

 

GEOL 434Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins

3 cr.

GEOL 444GIS for Geology

3 cr.

GEOL 452Geohydrology

4 cr. (3+2P)

GEOL 465Isotope Geochemistry

3 cr.

GEOL 475Geology of Mineral Resources

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 478Petroleum Geology

3 cr. (2+3P)

GEOL 480Seminar

1-3 cr.

SOIL 252Soils

3 cr.

Other electives, including those selected to satisfy the college and university requirements, must bring the total credits to 120, of which 48 must be upper-division (300 or above).

Students must work closely with their advisors in order to plan programs that allow them to meet all requirements and earn sufficient upper-division credit.