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UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015

College of Letters & Science

Geosciences

The Department of Geosciences offers a major in geosciences leading to either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. The geology-geophysics option in the major leads to the BS degree and is designed to prepare students to enter graduate programs or to work as professional geoscientists in a wide range of disciplines, including hydrogeology, engineering geoscience, petroleum or mineral exploration and development, environmental geoscience, and other facets of geosciences. The general option in the major leads to the BA degree and is designed for students, including primary and secondary school teachers, who have a broad interest in the earth sciences. The department also offers a minor in geosciences to allow students to combine a geosciences background with other majors.

Course of Study: Major

All students who major in geosciences must complete at least 15 credits in geosciences courses at the advanced level (numbered 300 or above) in residence at UWM as part of the 36 advanced-level credits required for the L&S degree. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the major attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all major credits attempted, including any transfer work.

GEOLOGY-GEOPHYSICS OPTION

The geology-geophysics option leads to a BS degree with a major in geosciences.

Required Courses

GEO SCI 100

Introduction to the Earth

3

GEO SCI 102

Historical Geology

3

GEO SCI 301

Principles of Mineralogy

3

GEO SCI 302

Elementary Petrology

3

GEO SCI 316

Introduction to Geophysics

3

GEO SCI 414

Structural Geology (satisfies L&S research requirement)

3

GEO SCI 455*

Field Geology (normally taken over the summer)

5-8

GEO SCI 511

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

3

* GEO SCI 455 is required but not offered at UWM. Students must enroll in a field course at another university to satisfy the requirement.

Elective Courses. Students must take at least 18 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300 level or above, two of which must be selected from GEO SCI 400, 401, 409, 443, 463, 464, or 563.

Other Required Courses. All students in the geology-geophysics option also must take the following courses:

Mathematics

MATH 231 & 232

Calculus and Analytic Geometry

8

Students are encouraged to take Math 233 and 234.

Chemistry

CHEM 102 & 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

10

Students are encouraged to take courses in organic and physical chemistry.

Physics

PHYSICS 120, 121, 122 & 123

General Physics I & II (Non-Calculus Treatment)

10

or

PHYSICS 209, 210, 214 & 215

Physics I & II (Calculus Treatment)

10

Students are advised strongly to increase their scholastic breadth by selecting courses from among several subdisciplines of the geosciences, in consultation with Geosciences Department faculty.

Students who are interested in general geology are encouraged to include courses from among GEO SCI 409, 515, 520, 614, 635, 636, and 638, and to consider topics offered under 696 and 697.

Students who are interested in environmental geology or hydrogeology are encouraged to include courses from among GEO SCI 400, 401, 409, 443, 463, 464, 562, and 563.

GENERAL OPTION

The general option leads to a BA degree with a major in geosciences and is intended for students who seek a general introduction to geology.

Required Courses

GEO SCI 100

Introduction to the Earth

3

GEO SCI 102

Historical Geology

3

GEO SCI 301

Principles of Mineralogy

3

GEO SCI 302

Elementary Petrology

3

GEO SCI 414

Structural Geology (satisfies L&S research requirement)

3

GEO SCI 455*

Field Geology (normally taken over the summer)

3

GEO SCI 511

Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

3

* GEO SCI 455 is required but not offered at UWM. Students must enroll in a field course at another university to satisfy this requirement.

Elective Courses. Students must take at least 9 additional credits from Geosciences Department courses at the 300 level or above.

Other Required Courses. All students in the general option also must take the following:

Physics and Chemistry 9-10

At least one laboratory course in physics and one laboratory course in chemistry selected from the courses required for the Geology-Geophysics Option.

Course of Study: Minor

The minor consists of a minimum of 18 credits in geosciences courses, including six credits in GEO SCI 100 and 102. The remaining 12 credits must be at the 200 level or above, with at least 9 of them at the 300 level or higher taken in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.5 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.5 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

Courses
(GEO SCI)

Crosslisted Courses

The following courses offered by the Department of Geography may be used to fulfill the requirements of the undergraduate major and minor in geosciences:

GEOG 475

Geography of Soils

3

GEOG 653

Soils of Wisconsin Field Study Tour

2

Faculty

Julie A. Bowles, Asst. Prof., PhD
University of California, San Diego

Bruce E. Brown, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Barry I. Cameron, Assoc. Prof., PhD, Chair
Northern Illinois University

Douglas S. Cherkauer, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Patricia Coorough-Burke, Adjunct Instr., MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Dyanna M. Czeck, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Stephen Dornbos, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Southern California

David Edgington, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Daniel Feinstein, Adjunct Asst. Prof.
U.S. Geological Society

Margaret Fraiser, Assoc. Prof., PhD
University of Southern California

Timothy J. Grundl, Prof., PhD
Colorado School of Mines
Professor, School of Freshwater Sciences

Weon Shik Han, Asst. Prof., PhD
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Mark T. Harris, Prof., PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Hooyer, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Iowa State University

John L. Isbell, Prof., PhD
Ohio State University

William F. Kean, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

J. Val Klump, Adjunct Prof., PhD
University of North Carolina
Director, Great Lakes WATER Institute

Norman P. Lasca, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Lindsay McHenry, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Rutgers University

Gregory Mursky, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Richard Paull, Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Peter M. Sheehan, Adjunct Prof., PhD
University of California, Berkeley
Head of Geology, Milwaukee Public Museum

Keith A. Sverdrup, Prof., PhD
University of California, San Diego

Gina Szablewski, Sr. Lect., MS
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Robert W. Taylor, Assoc. Prof. Emeritus, PhD

Shangping Xu, Assoc. Prof., PhD
Princeton University


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