Department of Earth Sciences

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Earth Sciences

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Chairperson:
Connelly, Jeffrey B.,
Professor

Associate Professor:
McMillan, Margaret E.

Assistant Professors:
DeAngelis, Michael T.
Ruhl, Laura S.

Instructors:
Shroat-Lewis, René A.
Sims, W. Jay

The Earth Sciences include the disciplines of geology, meteorology, oceanography, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and the application of these disciplines in the environmental sciences. The department’s goals are to relate these disciplines to intelligent living with the earth and to understand the interplay between earth and humanity. Students are encouraged to obtain a scientific understanding of earth systems on a global scale.

The Earth Sciences provide career opportunities for employment in industry, government, and teaching. Students interested in this area of study are urged to consult the departmental faculty regarding curricular plans and career goals. The department offers a bachelor of science in geology, a minor in geology, and a curriculum leading to secondary teacher licensure in science education.

The department offers course work at two levels:

  1. University core curriculum requirement: ERSC 1302/1102 and 1303/1103 meet the science laboratory course requirement, and
  2. ERSC 2300 meets the social sciences course requirement.

General Information

Professional courses, numbered 3310 and above, are designed for geology majors and minors, engineering technology majors, students interested in science teaching, and for other students with deeper interest in the field. For example, ERSC 3360 and 4353 are of interest to biology students; ERSC 3372, 4322, 4323, 4421, and 4373 are recommended for all students in environmental fields; and ERSC 4371 is appropriate for students in engineering technology or construction management.

For freshmen and sophomores who are interested or think they may be interested in teaching, please see the UALRTeach website (ualr.edu/ualrteach/ ) for more information about the UALRTeach program.

Laboratory Science Requirement Courses

The core curriculum requirements for science laboratory courses may be met by ERSC 1302/1102 Physical Geology lecture and laboratory and ERSC 1303/1103 Historical Geology lecture and laboratory.

Secondary Teacher Licensure in Science Education

A program leading to initial licensure by the Arkansas Department of Education in the area of secondary education is available to students at UALR. See “Secondary Teacher Licensure” for a description of the requirements. Because completing all the components of the secondary education program in four years requires careful planning, students should see the department chair of their chosen major for advising as early as possible after acceptance to UALR.

Bachelor of Science in Geology

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Students should select ERSC 1102/1302 and 1103/1303 to complete the Lab Science core requirement.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (62 hours)

Earth Science Foundation Courses (33 hours)
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3330 Field Geology I
    ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
    ERSC 4320 Field Geology II
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC Electives (6 hours)

Select at least 6 hours from any ERSC courses other than ERSC 3390, which may not be counted toward the BS in Geology.

Supporting Courses (23 hours)
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    and PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory with PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    and PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    or PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    and PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory
    with PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    and PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    or STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Minor (12-29 hours—typical minor requires 18)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science Major/Minor in Geology: Environmental Geology

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Students should select ERSC 1102/1302 and 1103/1303 to complete the Lab Science core requirement.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major/Minor (71 hours)

Earth Science Foundation Courses (40 hours)
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
    and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3330 Field Geology I
    ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC 4320 Field Geology II
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
    ERSC 4322 Environmental Geology
    ERSC 4421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Electives (select 12 hours)
    ERSC 4373 Hydrogeology
    ERSC 4419 Geomorphology
    ERSC 4422 Applied GIS
    ERSC 4371 Engineering Geology
    ERSC 3380 Oceanography
    ERSC 3360 Paleobiology
    ERSC 4353 Geology and Ecology of the Bahamas
    ERSC 4195, 4295, 4395 Internship in Earth Science
    ERSC 4199, 4299, 4399, 4499 Special Topics (must be approved)
Supporting Courses (19 hours)
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    and PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    with PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    and PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    or PHYS 2321 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I
    and PHYS 2121 Physics for Scientists and Engineers I Laboratory
    with PHYS 2322 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II
    and PHYS 2122 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II Laboratory
    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    or STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods

Minor (none required)

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Geology Life/Earth Sciences Education Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Students should select ERSC 1102/1302 and 1103/1303 to complete the Lab Science core requirement.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (65 hours)

Earth Science Foundation Courses (33 hours)
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
    and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3330 Field Geology I
    ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC 4320 Field Geology II
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
Supporting Courses (32 hours)
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    or BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    4-6 hours of BIOL courses at or above 2000-level
    ERSC 3360 Paleobiology (may be counted as upper-level Biology hours)
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I or MATH 1451 Calculus I
    6 hours from any combination of MATH or STAT or CPSC courses

Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to graduating.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Bachelor of Science in Geology Physical/Earth Sciences Education Track

General: 120 minimum total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (0-3 hours)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

Core (44 hours)

See page 25 for requirement details. (Students should select ERSC 1102/1302 and 1103/1303 to complete the Lab Science core requirement.)

Second Language Proficiency (none required)

Major (62 hours)

Earth Science Foundation Courses (33 hours)
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory (Also counts toward core.)
    ERSC 3310 Earth Materials
    ERSC 3330 Field Geology I
    ERSC 3430 Structural Geology
    ERSC 3440 Sedimentology
    ERSC 4340 Stratigraphy
    ERSC 4411 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
    ERSC 4320 Field Geology II
    ERSC 4190 Senior Seminar
Supporting Courses (29 hours)
    IGSC 4401 Integrated Science Methods
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry I
    CHEM 1403 General Chemistry II
    PHYS 1321 Elementary Physics I
    and PHYS 1121 Elementary Physics I Laboratory
    with PHYS 1322 Elementary Physics II
    and PHYS 1122 Elementary Physics II Laboratory
    MATH 1311 Applied Calculus I
    or MATH 1451 Calculus I
    6 hours from any combination of MATH or STAT or CPSC courses

Minor (18 hours)

Secondary Education Courses
    SCED 3210 Instructional Skills and Assessment
    SCED 3110 Instructional Skills Practicum
    SCED 4321 Teaching Diverse Adolescents
    SCED 4122 Adolescent Diversity Practicum
    SCED 4123 Adolescents with Special Needs
    SCED 4124 Classroom Management
    TCED 4600 Student Teaching
    SCED 4330 Reflective Teaching

Praxis I must be passed before enrolling in SCED and TCED courses. GPA of 2.65 is required for admission to the education program. Praxis II must be passed prior to graduating.

Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), or 30 hours in residence.


Minor in Geology

Required Courses (8 hours)

    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
    and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory
    12 hours of ERSC electives

Minor in Environmental Geology

Required Courses (12 hours)

    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    and ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology
    and ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 4421 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

8 hours from the following:

    ERSC 4373 Hydrogeology
    ERSC 4419 Geomorphology
    ERSC 4422 Applied GIS
    ERSC 4322 Environmental Geology
    ERSC 4371 Engineering Geology
    ERSC 3380 Oceanography
    ERSC 3390 Weather Studies
    ERSC 4195, 4295, 4395 Internship in Earth Science
    ERSC 4199, 4299, 4399, 4499 Special Topics (must be approved)

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