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  Jul 14, 2024
 
2010-2011 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin (Frozen) 
  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin (Frozen) [Archived Catalog]

Geophysics, B.S.


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Learning Outcomes Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences 
Curriculum College of Arts and Sciences 

Learning Outcomes


  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of fundamental concepts and laboratory skills in the geosciences.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of geological field skills.
  • Students will demonstrate their preparation for careers or graduate studies in the geosciences.

Curriculum


Basic Degree Requirements for Majors in Curricula Section II (128 Hours)

  1. General Education Requirements
  2. Major
  3. Cognate or Minor Requirements
  4. Electives

1. General Education Requirements - Curricula II


Group I–Competency (12-21 Hours)


Students are encouraged to demonstrate the level of accomplishment represented by Group I courses by means of advanced placement examinations. See the section on advanced placement under “Admissions Policies and Procedures .”

Writing (6 Hours)


Must be passed with grade of C or better.

Foreign Languages (0-9 Hours)


Demonstration of proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the minimal passing grade on the exit examination in the 122 course is required for all baccalaureate degrees.

It is strongly recommended that students continuing the study of a foreign language begin college-level study of that language in their first semester and continue in that language until their particular foreign language requirement is completed.

History (6 Hours)


  • Two courses in History (HIST), at the 100 level, at least one non-U.S. history.

Group II–Quantitative (A Minimum of 12 Hours)


Group III–Humanities (6 Hours)


Each student must pass at least 6 additional hours of study in the humanities; at least one course must be in fine arts.

Fine Arts


A course or courses dealing with the study and/or practice of the visual and performing arts. Students may take courses in art studio, art design, art history and appreciation, film, media arts, music history and appreciation, music theory and performance, theatre history and appreciation, acting, stagecraft, theatre design, and dance to fulfill this requirement. Courses in speech (SPCH) do NOT satisfy the fine arts requirement. Theatre production laboratories (THEA 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 219, 220, 221), one-hour credits for participation in music organizations (band, chorus, orchestra), and MART 302 do NOT apply to the fine arts requirement or to the humanities requirement.

Humanities


African American Studies (AFRO)
Classical Studies (CLAS) 230 
English (ENGL) 280 or higher, excluding 450, 460, 461, 462, and 463
Foreign Language 201 or higher
History (HIST) 201 or higher
Philosophy (PHIL) excluding 110, 111, and 511
Religious Studies (RELG)
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 111 

 

Group IV–Social Sciences (6 Hours)


Complete 6 hours from the following:

Anthropology (ANTH)
Criminology and Criminal Justice (CRJU)
Economics (ECON)
Geography (GEOG)
Political Science (POLI)
Psychology (PSYC)
excluding 227, 594, and 599
Sociology (SOCY) excluding 220
Women and Gender Studies (WGST) 112  only
 

Group V–Laboratory Science (8 Hours)


Complete two 4-credit hour laboratory science courses from the following:

Astronomy (ASTR) 111 , 111A , 211 , 211A 
Biology (BIOL) 101 1, 102 1, 110 2, 200 2, 200L 2, 270 2, 270L 2, 243 2, 243L 2, 244 2, 244L 2
Chemistry (CHEM) 102 3, 105 3, 105L3, 106 3, and 106L 3, 111 , 112 
Environmental Studies (ENVR) 200 
Geological sciences (GEOL) 101 , 102 , 103 , 105
Marine science (MSCI) 210 , 210L , 215 , 215L 
Physics (PHYS) 151 4, 151L 4, 153 4, 153L 4, 155 4, 155L 4, 201 , 201L , 202 , 202L ; or 211 , 211L , 212 , 212L 

1 Biology and Pre-Med majors only
2 Non- Biology majors only
3 Mathematics and Statistics majors only
4 Non-Physics majors only

2. Major


Major Prerequisites


The following courses fulfill some of the general education requirements and some cognates, and must be completed for a major in Geophysics:

Senior Capstone Experience (6 Hours)


Degree with Distinction in Geophysics


Available to students majoring in Geophysics who wish to participate in significant research activities in the major field under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Requirements:

  • A minimum GPA of 3.5 in the major and 3.3 overall
  • Written sponsorship agreement from the faculty mentor on file in the department.
  • 2 courses in addition to the general major requirements, including:
    • GEOL 498 or 499 - Undergraduate Research (3), preparing for the Senior Thesis;
    • GEOL 699 - Senior Thesis (3-6);
  • A public presentation of the Senior Thesis research accompanied by a written document approved by the faculty mentor and a second reader that follows the guidelines of the Department of Geological Sciences.

Students who successfully fulfill all of these requirements will be awarded their degree with “Distinction in Geophysics” upon graduation.

NOTE: South Carolina Honors College students taking this route would graduate with both Honors in SCHC and “Distinction in Geophysics”.

4. Electives for B.S. Degrees - Curricula II


No courses of a remedial, developmental, skill-acquiring, vocational nature or physical education courses involving substantial content in pedagogy may apply towards the elective requirement. The College of Arts and Sciences allows the use of the Pass-Fail option on elective courses. Further clarification of inapplicable courses can be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences.


 

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