Geoscience
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CURRICULUM

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In the Geoscience Department at HWS, a focus on science with complete immersion in the liberal arts provides students with a framework for developing knowledge, skills and independence. The study of geoscience provides students with a strong preparation for a variety of careers where they can use their expertise to teach, research new scientific questions, monitor environmental changes, manage natural resources, and inform policy-makers and the public.

Many students choose to double major in Geoscience and Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Studies, Physics, Mathematics, or Computer Science.


COURSE LIST

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Geoscience offers two disciplinary majors, a B.A. and a B.S., and a disciplinary minor.

Requirements for Major (B.A.)

disciplinary, 12 courses

GEO 182, GEO 184, GEO 186; five additional geoscience courses at 200- or 300-level, not to include GEO 206, GEO 207, or GEO 299; two additional geoscience courses at 200-level or above - GEO 207 may count if not used for the quantitative requirement and abroad courses may count if approved by department; BIOL 167, CHEM 110, CHEM 190, CPSC 124, ENV 203, or PHYS 150; GEO 207, MATH 130, or BIOL 212; Geoscience capstone (GEO 489 – Fulfillment includes any two GEO 300-level or GEO 495 courses and capstone seminar presentation). Credit/no credit options cannot be used for departmental or cognate courses except GEO 299. No more than two courses from another institution may count toward the major.
Declaration/Audit Form (B.A.)

Requirements for Major (B.S.)

disciplinary, 15 courses

GEO 182, GEO 184, GEO 186; five additional geoscience courses at 200- or 300-level, not to include GEO 206, GEO 207, or GEO 299; two additional geoscience courses at 200-level or above - GEO 207 may count if not used for the quantitative requirement and abroad courses may count if approved by department; PHYS 150; CHEM 110 or CHEM 190; MATH 130; GEO 207, MATH 131, or BIOL 212; BIOL 167, CHEM 120, CHEM 240, CPSC 124, ENV 203, or PHYS 160; Geoscience capstone (GEO 489 – Fulfillment includes any two GEO 300-level or GEO 495 courses and capstone seminar presentation). Credit/no credit options cannot be used for departmental or cognate courses except GEO 299. No more than two courses from another institution may count toward the major.
Declaration/Audit Form (B.S.)

Requirements for Minor

disciplinary, 6 courses

GEO 182, GEO 184, or GEO 186; four additional geoscience courses at the 200-level or above; any one additional geoscience course. All courses for the minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better. Credit/no credit options cannot be used for departmental or cognate courses except GEO 299. No more than two courses from another institution may count toward the minor. No more than one of the following may count toward the minor: GEO 299, GEO 450, GEO 495, or study abroad.
Minor Declaration/Audit Form


COURSES

GEO 182 Introduction to Meteorology

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The influence of weather and climate affect our daily activities, our leisure hours, transportation, commerce, agriculture, and nearly every aspect of our lives. Take an in-depth look at many of the fundamental aspects of the atmosphere needed to understand severe weather and factors influencing climate, such as the thermal and moisture properties of the atmosphere, the Jet stream, large-scale pressure systems and fronts. Also, explore a variety of severe weather types such as hurricanes, tornadoes, snowstorms, ice storms, and floods, to develop an understanding of the elements of weather and climate that are most important to society.

GEO 184 Introduction to Geology

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Explore the form and function of the solid Earth, using plate tectonics as the central theme. From this framework, explore rocks and minerals, volcanoes, earthquakes, the rise and fall of mountains, the origin and fate of sediments, the structure of our landscape, and geologic time. Learn about geological resources, and how humans interact with Earth processes and, in some cases, alter them.

GEO 186 Introduction to Hydrogeology

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Learn about hydrology using scientific quantitative reasoning to examine the characteristics and importance of water across environmental and geophysical sciences. Discuss the role of water in natural systems, and explore atmospheric moisture; floods and stream processes; the physical, chemical, and ecological characteristics of lakes and oceans; aquifers and groundwater processes; and wetlands. Learn about how much freshwater is available and how humans alter the quantity and quality of water available on Earth.

 

Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.