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Earth and Oceanographic Science

Requirements for the Major in Earth and Oceanographic Science (EOS)

The major consists of ten courses.

Majors may begin their study with any one of the introductory earth and oceanographic science courses:
          EOS 1105 {101}: Investigating Earth
          EOS 1305 {104}: Environmental Geology and Hydrology (same as ENVS 1104 {104})
          EOS 1505 {102}: Oceanography (same as ENVS 1102 {102})
          EOS 1515 {105}: Oceanography of the Gulf of Maine (same as ENVS 1515 {105})

Majors are required to take:

         -EOS 2005 {200}: Biogeochemistry (same as ENVS 2221 {200})

         -At least one of the following:
                    Biology 1102 or 1109 {102 or 109}
                    Chemistry 1102 or 1109 {102 or 109}
                    Computer Science 1101 {101}
                    Mathematics 1200 {155}, 1300 {165}, 1800 {181}, or 2108 {204}
                    Physics 1140 {104}

         -To establish breadth within the major, students must take one core course with laboratory (course
           numbers ending in 5) from each of the following three areas:

                    1. Solid Earth:
                    EOS 2125 {241}: Field Studies in Structural Geology
                    EOS 2145 {242}: The Plate Tectonics Revolution
                    EOS 2165 {262}: Mountains to Trenches: Petrology and Process
                    EOS 2215 {265}: Geophysics

                    2. Earth Surface Processes:
                    EOS 2335 {220}: Sedimentary Systems
                    EOS 2345 {270}: Landscapes and Global Change (same as ENVS 2270 {270})
                    EOS 2315 {277}: A World of Rivers
                    EOS 2355 {272}: Glaciers and Ice Ages

                    3. Oceans:
                    EOS 2525 {252}: Marine Biogeochemistry
                    EOS 2575 {255}: Numerical Modeling of Ocean Ecosystems
                    EOS 2585 {282}: Ocean and Climate (same as ENVS 2282 {282})
                    EOS 2605 {250}: Marine Geology
                    EOS 2635 {267}: Coastal Oceanography (same as ENVS 2267 {267})

         -At least one research experience course:
                    EOS 3115 {315}: Research in Mineral Science
                    EOS 3515 {351}: Research in Oceanography: Topics in Paleoceanography

         -At least one senior seminar:
                    EOS 3020 {302}: Earth Climate History (same as ENVS 3902 {302})
                    EOS 3520 {352}: Biodiversity in the Open Ocean

The remaining elective courses may be selected from earth and oceanographic science courses at the intermediate or advanced levels (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289} or 3000–3999 {300–399}).
          One of these electives may include Biology 2319 {219} (same as ENVS 2229 {219}), 2325 {225}
          (same as ENVS 2225 {225}), 2574 {274} (same as ENVS 2274 {274}); Chemistry 3050 {305}
          (same as ENVS 3905 {305}), 3070 {350} (same as ENVS 3950 {350}); Computer Science 3225
          {350}; ENVS 2004 {204}; Physics 2250 {251}, 2510 {262}, 2810 {257} (same as EOS 2810
          {257} and ENVS 2253 {253}), 3810 {357} (same as EOS 3050 {357} and ENVS 3957 {357});
          or an approved off-campus study or summer field course.

 

Note that:

(a) only one course numbered 1100-1999 {100-199} in earth and oceanographic science may be counted toward the major requirements;

(b) students may opt to begin the major with EOS 2005 {200} (same as ENVS 2221 {200}) having previously taken Biology 1102 or 1109 {102 or 109}, or Chemistry 1102 or 1109 {102 or 109}. Such students may substitute an intermediate earth and oceanographic science laboratory course (numbered 2000–2969 {200–289}) or research experience course (EOS 3115 {315} or 3515 {351}) for the introductory EOS courses numbered 1100-1999 {101-105}.

(c) independent studies do not count toward the major requirements; and

(d) all courses counted toward the major must be completed with a C- or better.

Students planning postgraduate study in earth and oceanographic science should note that they might present a stronger application if they take additional courses in the department and in the contributing sciences: biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, and physics. It is strongly advised that students consult with faculty on the design of their major and discuss the options of research projects through independent studies, fellowship-funded summer research, and honors projects.

 

Department of Earth and Oceanographic Science Major Advising Form:


This PDF checksheet is intended to be informational only. Students must consult with an academic advisor prior to registration

 

Requirements for the Minor in Earth and Oceanographic Science:


The minor consists of four courses in the department. Minors are required to take EOS 2005 {200}. No more than one introductory course numbered 1100-1999 {101-105} in earth and oceanographic science or Environmental Studies 1102 {102}, 1104 {104} or 1515 {105} may be included. All courses counted toward the minor need to be completed with a C- or better.

 

Earth and Oceanographic Science courses cross-listed with Environmental Studies (ENVS):


EOS 1305 {104}/ENVS 1104 {104}: Environmental Geology and Hydrology
EOS 1505 {102}/ENVS 1102 {102}: Oceanography
EOS 2005 {200}/ENVS 2221 {200}: Biogeochemistry
EOS 2020 {205}/ENVS 2250 {205}: Earth, Ocean, and Society
EOS 2345 {270}/ENVS 2270 {270}: Landscapes and Global Change
EOS 2530 {287}/ENVS 2287 {287}: Poles Apart: An Exploration of Earth’s High Latitudes
EOS 2585 {282}/ENVS 2282 {282}: Oceans and Climate
EOS 3020 {302}/ENVS 3902 {302}: Earth Climate History
EOS 3140 {343}/ENVS 3943 {343}: Tectonics and Climate
EOS 3050 {357}/ENVS 3957 {357/PHYS 3810 {357}: The Physics of Climate