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Undergraduate Requirements

Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
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Undergraduate Requirements

Requirements for Majors

General Requirements for Majors

A GPA of 2.0 or higher in the major is required for graduation.  The GPA in the major is calculated from courses in the major based in the major department only, and that have been taken at City College or through ePermit, including all courses in excess of the minimum required for the degree."

Standard EAS Option, Leading to a B.S. Degree in Geology

The EAS Curriculum comprises a basic set of courses (Non-EAS Science and Math Courses and Basic Courses for EAS Majors) complemented by 33 credits of elective courses (Electives for Standard EAS Option). The EAS elective set is extensive and is supplemented by special topics courses offered on subjects of interest to students and faculty. Recent special topics courses have included Geomorphology, Geothermal Resources, and a course on computer modeling in EAS.  Selected courses from other departments may also be counted toward the major.  The latter option is limited, however.  A list of the accepted courses is given below.   Selections from the set of EAS electives should be chosen in consultation with either Professor Lampousis or Professor Kenyon, to ensure a coherent program.

It is recommended that EAS majors complete PHYS 20700-20800, though the PHYS 20300-20400 sequence may be preferred for some students.  MATH 20100-20300 is recommended, but MATH 20500-20900 is an acceptable option for some students. Recommendations are on a case-by-case basis.

Note: All EAS majors in the standard option must complete the Basic Courses for EAS Majors with a grade of at least C in each course and pass 33 credits of courses from the elective list with a C average.

Required Non-EAS Science and Math Courses

 

Normal Sequence (for most students):

26

MATH 20100: Calculus I

3

MATH 20200: Calculus II

3

MATH 20300: Calculus III

4

CHEM 10301-10401: General Chemistry

8

PHYS 20700-20800:  General Physics

8

Alternative Sequence (for geobiology)

24

MATH 20500: Elements of Calculus

4

MATH 20900: Elements of Calculus and Statistics

4

CHEM 10301-10401: General Chemistry

8

PHYS 20300-20400: General Physics

8

 

Basic EAS Courses

22

EAS 10600: Earth Systems Science (ENGR 10610 also accepted)

4

EAS 21700: ESS: Systems Analysis of the Earth

4

EAS 22700: Structural Geology

4

EAS 30800: ESS: Modeling/Databases

3

EAS 41300: Environmental Geochemistry

3

EAS 472**: Environmental Project

4-6

 

EAS Electives for Standard EAS Option

33

EAS 30000: Earth & Environmental Sci. Seminar (2 credits max)

1

EAS 301**-304**: Honors I-IV (EAS301-304+310 =6 credits max.)

varies

EAS 30900: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

3

EAS 310**: Independent Study (301-304+310 =6 credits max.)

varies

EAS 311**-315**: Selected Topics in Earth System Science

3-4

EAS 32800: Global Environmental Hazards

3

EAS 33000: Geographic Information Systems

EAS 33300: Phase I Environmental Site Assessments

EAS 33400: Phase II Environmental Site Assessments

3

3

3

EAS 34500: Hydrology

3

EAS 36500: Coast and Ocean Processes

3

EAS 41700: Satellite Meteorology

EAS 42600: Environmental Remote Sensing and Image Analysis

EAS 42700: Remote Sensing of the Ocean

EAS 43000: Sedimentology

3

3

3

3

EAS 43900: Mineral/Energy Resources

4

EAS 44600: Groundwater Hydrology

EAS 44800: Terrestrial, Aquatic, and Atmospheric Systems

3

4

EAS 45000: Environmental Field Methods

3

EAS 48800: Climate Change

3

EAS 52800: Plate Tectonics/Geodynamics

3

EAS 56100: Geophysics

3

EAS 56500: Environmental Geophysics

3

EAS 56600: Solid Earth Geochemistry

3

 

 

Up to 9 credits of the 33 credits of electives may come from the non-EAS courses below: 

BIO 10100: Biological Foundations I

4

BIO 10200: Biological Foundations II

4

CHEM 261: Organic Chemistry I

3

CHEM 262: Organic Chemistry Lab I

2

CHEM 263: Organic Chemistry II

3

CSC 10200: Introduction to Computing

3

ENGR 30100: Intro. To Satellite Remote Sensing and Imaging

3

ENGR 59910: Geographic Information Systems

3

MATH 39100: Methods of Differential Equations

3

MATH 39200: Linear Algebra and Vector Analysis

3

MATH 37500: Elements of Probability Theory

3

MATH 37600: Mathematical Statistics

4

MATH 37700: Applied Statistics and Probability

3

Total Standard Option Credits

55

Secondary Education Concentration

Major requirements are listed below. Students must also take one of the sequences of required non-EAS science and math courses listed above.  Pedagogical requirements are listed in the Department of Education section of this Bulletin.

 

Basic Earth Science Courses

7

EAS 10600: Earth Systems Science

4

ASTR 30500: Methods in Astronomy

3

Required EAS Courses:

18

EAS 21700: ESS: Systems Analysis of the Earth

4

EAS 22700: Structural Geology

4

EAS 30800: ESS: Modeling Data Bases

3

EAS 41300: Environmental Geochemistry

3

EAS 47200: Environmental Project

4

EAS Electives chosen from the list below:

9

EAS 30900: Fundamentals of Atmospheric Science

3

EAS 311**-315**: Selected Topics in Earth System Science

3-4

EAS 32800: Global Environment Hazards

3

EAS 33000: Geographic Information Systems

3

EAS 34500: Hydrology

3

EAS 36500: Coast and Ocean Processes

3

EAS 41700: Satellite Meteorology

3

EAS 42600: Environmental Remote Sensing & Image Analysis

EAS 43000: Sedimentology

3

3

EAS 43900: Mineral and Energy Resources

4

EAS 44600: Groundwater Hydrology

3

EAS 45000: Environmental Field Methods

3

EAS 48800: Climate Change

3

EAS 52800: Plate Tectonics/Geodynamics

3

EAS 56100: Geophysics

3

EAS 56500: Environmental Geophysics

3

EAS 56600: Solid Earth Geochemistry

3

Total Secondary Education Concentration Credits

34

       

 

Requirements for a B.A. in Geology

B.A. Science Core

9

Required EAS Courses

22

EAS Electives

24

Total Credits:

55

 

Requirements for a Minor in EAS

A minor in EAS requires a minimum of 9 credits beyond EAS 10600. These courses are in addition to the science core requirements.

 

B.S. in Environmental Earth Systems Science

The requirements for this degree can be found in the Environmental Earth System Science listing on the CCNY website under Academics/Areas of Study.

 

Additional Requirements

GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS ("PATHWAYS")

In general, students are required to complete 42 credits of General Education coursework, with some adjustments for transfer students.  See the General Education Requirements (Pathways) section of the Bulletin for more information. Earth and Atmospheric Science students will satisfy their "Pathways" requirements most efficiently by following these recommendations:

Fixed Core
English Composition I: FIQWS
English Composition II: ENGL 21003
Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: MATH 20100
Life and Physical Sciences: CHEM 10301

Flexible Core
World Cultures and Global Issues: any of CLAS offerings in this category
Individual and Society: any of CLAS offerings in this category
U.S. Experience in its Diversity: any of CLAS offerings in this category
Creative Expression: any of CLAS offerings in this category
Scientific World: PHYS 20700
Additional course in Scientific World: CHEM 10401

College Option
Speech 11100, 00380 or exemption on the basis of demonstrated proficiency
Foreign language – two semesters of college-level study, or exemption on the basis of two years of high-school level study, or demonstrated proficiency
Philosophy - see Master List of Prospective Courses at https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/gened/other-gen-ed-courses