Selected Educational Outcomes

The program leading to the B. S. degree with a major in environmental geosciences is designed to prepare students to enter graduate programs in geography, planning, and related fields; or to embark upon careers in commerce, industry, government, or education. The specific educational objectives include the following:

  1. To provide a working knowledge of the basic research tools in physical and cultural geography, environmental research, and digital cartography;
  2. To provide the knowledge required to evaluate and interpret environmental data, address and analyze regional environmental questions, and synthesize and recommend solutions to a range of environmental problems;
  3. To provide the analytical and technical skills necessary for geographical research including spatial and temporal analysis, digital and conventional mapping, and analysis and interpretation of data;
  4. To provide a range of computer-based spatial analysis skills using Geographic Information Science (GIS) and other techniques for digital mapping, data manipulation and analysis, and applications issues.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

Assessment of the education outcomes for the environmental geosciences major is primarily the responsibility of the departmental Geography Area Committee, comprised of faculty with expertise in geography and cognate disciplines. The Committee assesses the extent to which the program requirements create the desired outcomes by using a variety of techniques. Examples of these assessments include the following:

  1. All student majors must make oral presentations of their research results to the departmental faculty and submit written copies of their research papers to the departmental office as part of the required Senior Thesis sequence (GEOG 4860/GEOL 4860 and GEOG 4861/GEOL 4861).
  2. Students must submit a departmental copy of their portfolios of undergraduate coursework, research projects, and professional activity at the end of their last semester of residence.
  3. At the time of major coursework completion, students must complete an exit questionnaire to determine the students’ perception of achievement of the major’s educational outcomes.
  4. Periodic surveys of alumni who have completed the environmental geosciences program will be conducted. These surveys will evaluate the relevancy of the major program to graduates’ present employment, their perception of success, and their personal satisfaction with the program. The surveys will also solicit suggestions for improvement of the environmental geosciences major program.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Environmental Geosciences—Geography Track

Core Curriculum 60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Environmental Geosciences majors are required to take MATH 1113 in Area A and MATH 2261 in Area D2. Environmental Geosciences majors are advised to take 3 hours of a Foreign Language in Area C. They are advised to take BIOL 1107K and CHEM 1211 in Area D2 and advised to take GEOG 1100 in Area E.
Core Curriculum Area F – Geography Track 1,2
Introduction to Weather and Climate
Introduction to Land Forms
Tools of Environmental Geoscience
Principles of Biology I (if not taken in Area D2)
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (if not taken in Area D2)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (1 hour left over from Area D)
Statistical Methods
The Universe of Energy
Senior College Curriculum- Geography Track60
Required upper-level geography courses
GEOG 3050Computer Cartography and Image Analysis3
GEOG 3052Advanced Geographic Information Systems3
GEOG 3210Introduction to Hydrology4
GEOG 3300Process Geomorphology4
GEOG 3410Cultural Geography3
GEOG 4710Statistics for Geoscientists3
GEOG 4860Senior Thesis I1
GEOG 4861Senior Thesis II3
GEOG 4862Thesis Presentation2
Upper-level electives in a single discipline outside of GEOG 6
Additional Geosciences Electives above 30007
Other Supporting Courses
GEOG 2011Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
GEOL 1121KPrinciples of Physical Geology (if not taken in Area D.2)0-4
Modern Foreign Language (3 hours may be taken in Area C) 3-6
Other Guided Electives (includes hours which carry over from Area F) 8-15
Total hours required for the degree120
1

 All core classes with prefixes GEOG must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

2

Hours in excess of 18 will carry over to the senior curriculum.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science Degree with a Major in Environmental Geosciences—Geology Track

Core Curriculum 60
Core Curriculum Areas A-E (See VSU Core Curriculum) 1
Environmental Geosciences majors are required to take MATH 1113 in Area A and MATH 2261 in Area D2. They are advised to take 3 hours of a Foreign Language in Area C. They are advised to take BIOL 1107K and CHEM 1211 in Area D2 and advised to take GEOG 1100 in Area E.
Core Curriculum Area F – Geology Track 3,4
Principles of Physical Geology
Principles of Historical Geology
Tools of Environmental Geoscience
Principles of Chemistry I
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory I (if not taken in Area D2)
Principles of Chemistry II
and Principles of Chemistry Laboratory II (if not taken in Area D2)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (1 hour left over from Area D)
Statistical Methods
Introductory Physics I (the 4th hour will count in Other Supporting Courses in the Senior Curriculum)
Senior College Curriculum–Geology Track60
Required Departmental Courses
GEOL 3101Mineralogy3
GEOL 3102Petrology and Petrography3
GEOL 3200History of Life3
GEOL 3410Structural Geology4
GEOL 3500Principles of Geochemistry3
GEOL 4110Principles of Sedimentation and Stratigraphy4
GEOL 4860Senior Thesis I1
GEOL 4861Senior Thesis II3
GEOL 4862Thesis Presentation2
Upper-level Electives in a Single Discipline outside of GEOL 6
Additional Geoscience Electives above 3000 6
Other Supporting Courses
GEOG 1113KIntroduction to Land Forms (if not taken in Area D.2)0-4
GEOG 2011Introduction to Geographic Information Science3
MATH 2262Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
Foreign Language (3 hours may be taken in Area C) 3-6
Other Guided Electives (includes hours which carry over from Area F) 54-11
Total hours required for the degree120
3

All core classes with prefixes GEOG and GEOL must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

4

 Hours in excess of 18 will carry over to the senior curriculum.

5

Students wishing to concentrate in Biology are advised to take BIOL 3300 or any taxonomy course.

Students wishing to concentrate in Chemistry are advised to take CHEM 1212, CHEM 1212L, CHEM 3401, and CHEM 2310.