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Option Geology Undergraduate Option  

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This option is offered within the following major(s):
Earth Sciences - College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences



The Geology option is suitable for students interested in careers in applied geology, environmental sciences, science education, and in research. The Geology option includes the topics covered by the test for the state Geologist Practice Examination conducted by the Board of Geologist Examiners (http://www.oregon.gov/osbge/Pages/index.aspx).



Requirements

CH 232. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 262. *Laboratory for Chemistry 232 (1)
   or CH 122. *General Chemistry (5)
PH 212. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
   or PH 202. *General Physics (5)

In addition, complete a third term of either chemistry or physics:
CH 233. *General Chemistry (4) and CH 263. *Laboratory for Chemistry 233 (1)
   or CH 123. *General Chemistry (5)
OR
PH 213. *General Physics with Calculus (4)
   or PH 203. *General Physics (5)

GEO 203. *Evolution of Planet Earth (4)
GEO 295. Introduction to Field Geology (3)
GEO 310. Earth Materials I: Mineralogy (4)
GEO 315. Earth Materials II: Petrology (4)
GEO 322. Surface Processes (4)
GEO 340. Structural Geology (4)
GEO 370. Stratigraphy and Sedimentology (4)
GEO 415. Earth Materials III: Igneous Petrography (4)
GEO 430. Geochemistry (4)
GEO 463. ^Geophysics and Tectonics (4)
GEO 487. Hydrogeology (4)
GEO 495. Advanced Field Geology (6)
MTH 252. Integral Calculus (4)

Elective Specializations

Choose 9–12 credits from any courses below:

GEO 403. Thesis (3) may count toward the 9–12 credits.

Solid Earth

GEO 412. Igneous Petrology (4)
GEO 440. Economic Geology (4)
GEO 497. Field Mapping of Ore Deposits (3)

Earth Surface

BI 427. Paleobiology (3)
GEO 432. Applied Geomorphology (3)
GEO 481. Glacial Geology (4)
GEO 484. Introduction to Biogeochemistry (3)
GEO 486. Quaternary Paleoclimatology (3)
GEO 488. Quaternary Stratigraphy of North America (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
SOIL 466. Soil Morphology and Classification (4)
SOIL 468. Soil Landscape Analysis (4)

Natural Hazards

GEO 427. ^Volcanology (4)
GEO 433. Coastal Geomorphology (3)
GEO 461. Geology of Earthquakes (3)

GIScience

GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)
 

Option Total=76–81


Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Geography Undergraduate Major (BS, CRED, HBS)

Geography is a scientific approach to understanding people’s relationship with their environment and resources. Geography is central to many important issues, including planning for land-use change, global studies, and adaptation to climate change. Geospatial science applies techniques, including web mapping, geovisualization, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS), to address these issues.  Geographic thinking and geospatial technology are present in every aspect of modern life, and career opportunities abound for students trained in geography and geospatial science.

Students majoring in Geography and Geospatial Science complete work in five major areas:

  1. OSU's baccalaureate core
  2. Basic statistics and math
  3. Geography and Geospatial Science core
  4. Electives
  5. Experiential learning (field courses and internship or research)

The major consists of 85 credits of course work. In addition to baccalaureate core courses, the major consists of

  1. supporting mathematics and statistics (12 cr);
  2. foundational skills in geography and geospatial science (17 cr),
  3. upper-division geospatial science (12 cr);
  4. experiential learning (9 cr);
  5. seminar (1 cr);
  6. upper-division electives (31 cr); and
  7. capstone course (3 cr)

Supporting Skills (12)

MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Foundational Skills (17)

GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. *Geography of the Western World (3)
GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land-Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. Geography of Disaster Management (3)

Upper-Division Geospatial Science Techniques and Problem-Solving (12)

GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovisualization: Cartography (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)

Seminar (1)

GEOG 407. Seminar (1)

Experiential Learning (9)

GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
GEOG 410. Internship (3)
   or GEOG 401. Research (3)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)

Capstone (3)

GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)

Upper-Division Geography and Geospatial Science Electives (31)

GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)

Select 27 credits from lists below, at least five courses at 400 level.

Geospatial Science

GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

International Studies

GEOG 311. *Geography of Africa (3)
GEOG 313. *Geography of Asia (3)
GEOG 314. *Geography of Latin America (3)
GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
GEOG 431. Development and Global Resources (3)

Water Resources

GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (4)
GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resource Management (3)
GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Resources, Hazards, and Planning

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption and Environment (3)
GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
GEOG 432. *Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)

Total=85


Footnotes:

*Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

Sample Four-Year Plan: Geography and Geospatial Science


Freshman Year (14)

GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. * Geography of the Western World (3)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)

Sophomore Year (18)

GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. *Geography of Disaster Management (3)
GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Junior Year (up to 42)


Fall (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovisualization: Cartography (4)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)

Winter (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
   or GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Spring (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
   or GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology (4)
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)
GEOG 431. Global Resources and Development (3)
   or GEOG 432. Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)

Senior Year (up to 27)


Fall (8)

GEOG 407. Seminar (1)
GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)

Winter (10)

GEOG 410. Internship (1–16)
   or GEOG 401. Research (1–16)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
  or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
  or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
  or GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

Spring (9)

GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)

SampleTwo-Year Plan: Geography and Geospatial Science)

Up to 29 transfer credits may be accepted representing the equivalent of: 
GEOG 102. *Physical Geography (4)
   or GEO 202. *Earth Systems Science (4)
GEOG 103. *Human Geography (3)
   or GEOG 203. *Human-Environment Geography (3)
GEOG 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3)
   or GEOG 106. * Geography of the Western World (3)
GEOG 201. *Foundations of Geospatial Science and GIS (4)
GEOG 240. *Climate Change, Water, and Society (3)
   or GEOG 250. *Land Use Planning for Sustainable Communities (3)
   or GEOG 251. *Geography of Disaster Management (3)
MTH 112. *Elementary Functions (4)
ST 351. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)
   and ST 352. Introduction to Statistical Methods (4)

Junior Year (up to 42)


Fall (14)

GEOG 295. Introduction to Geographic Field Research (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 331. *Population, Consumption, and Environment (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
GEOG 360. GIScience I: Geographic Information Systems and Theory (4)
GEOG 370. Geovizualization: Cartography (4)

Winter (14 )

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 330. *^Geography of International Development and Globalization (3)
   or GEOG 350. *Geography of Natural Hazards (3)
GEOG 361. GIScience II: Analysis and Applications (4)
GEOG 371. Geovisualization: Web Mapping (4)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)

Spring (14)

GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
   or GEOG 340. *Introduction to Water Science and Policy (3)
   or GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
GEOG 323. ^Climatology
   or GEOG 324. Geography of Life: Species Distributions and Conservation (4)
GEOG 431. Global Resources and Development (3)
   or GEOG 432. Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
GEOG 462. GIScience III: Programming for Geospatial Analysis (4)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)

Senior Year (up to 27)


Fall (8)

GEOG 450. Land Use in the American West (3)
   or GEOG 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 463. GIScience IV: Spatial Modeling (4)
GEOG 480. Remote Sensing I: Principles and Applications (4)
GEOG 507. Seminar (1)

Winter (10)

GEOG 410. Internship (3)
   or GEOG 401. Research (3)
   or GEOG 403. Thesis (3)
GEOG 423. Snow Hydrology (3)
   or GEOG 424. Hydrology for Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 441. International Water Resources Management (3)
   or GEOG 451. Planning Principles and Practices for Resilient Communities (4)
GEOG 481. Remote Sensing II: Digital Image Processing (4)

Spring (9)

GEOG 430. Resilience-Based Natural Resource Management (3)
   or GEOG. 440. Water Resources Management in the United States (3)
   or GEOG 452. Sustainable Site Planning (3)
   or GEOG 472. Geovisualization: Geovisual Analytics (3)
GEOG 464. Geospatial Perspectives on Intelligence, Security, and Ethics (3)
GEOG 495. Field Geography of Oregon I (3)

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Option Code: 262




 
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