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Bachelor of Arts Major in Geological and Environmental Science

Bachelor of Arts Major in Geological and Environmental Science

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  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
  • Duration 48 months
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Bachelor of Arts Major in Geological and Environmental Science Students must complete a minimum of 124 units with a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 2.0 in order to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in geology. The Bachelor of Arts in Geology is for liberal arts students with a strong interest in the earth and its environments, but who do not plan to pursue a career in geology. The breadth of a BA in geology is ideal for preparing students for professional degrees and successful careers in law, business, administration, or international relations. The Bachelor of Science in Geology prepares the student for professional employment or graduate study in geology. Students earning a BS in geology can obtain competitive jobs in a number of geoscience areas, including geotechnical and environmental consulting, where they assess geologic hazards and environmental impacts. Other career paths include working as a geologist involved with the exploration and production of fossil fuels and other important mineral resources. An increasing emphasis on environmental issues and growing demand for natural resources, in addition to recent retirement patterns in the geosciences, create a considerable demand for well-trained geoscientists. According to the American Geological Institute, Masters and PhD-level geoscientists have experienced effectively zero unemployment during the past 20 years. Content Mastery Describe the fundamental Earth systems and cycles including how they integrate sub-disciplines and cross traditional discipline boundaries and explain how they truly benefit society. Describe and identify common Earth materials and interpret their composition, origin and uses. Describe the processes operating at and beneath the Earth's surface, how those processes create the Earth's landscape, and how humans affect and are affected by the processes. Outline the broad physical and biological history of the planet and the evidence for that history and how the past can be used to anticipate future changes. Skills Present geological information clearly in written, graphic and oral form. Interpret and quantify geological phenomena in the lab and in the field applying the scientific method using appropriate skills. Initiate and conduct research including hypothesis formation, literature research, and date collection and interpretation and present the results to a broader audience. Values Aware of the value of high ethical standards in one's professional conduct and stewardship of the Earth and its resources. Aware of the value of collaborative work, an appreciation for the contributions of others, and confidence in their ability to make valuable contributions. Value how earth science knowledge and skills can be used to address the grand challenges facing human society, including climate change, mass extinction, water resources, etc.

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