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Students majoring in geosciences are required to:



GS Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2016:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.
  2. Complete the following:
    1. GE 101, and either GE 102 or GE 112 
    2. An approved course in GIS
    3. CH 125 by the end of the junior year
    4. MA 111, MA 113, or MA 108, MA 109, and MA 113 by the end of the junior year
    5. GE 216 and two additional 200-level courses
    6. GE 304, GE 377 and two additional 300-level courses, excluding GE 399 
    7. One additional GE course at the 200 or 300 level, excluding GE 399 
    8. Writing: Successful completion of GE 211 or GE 216 and GE 304 or GE 316

GS Major for students who entered Skidmore in 2016 and beyond:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.
  2. Complete the following:
    1. GE 101, and either GE 102 or GE 112 
    2. An approved course in analytical methods (ID 210 - Introduction to GIS or GE 305 - Remote Sensing of the Earth and Environment)
    3. CH 125 by the end of the junior year
    4. MA 113 or MA 204 by the end of the junior year
    5. PY 207 or PY 207H or BI 105 or BI 106 
    6. GE 211 or GE 216 
    7. (GE 304 or GE 320) and GE 377 
    8. Five additional GE or GP courses at the 200 or 300 level (minimum of 3 credits each), excluding GE 399
      1. At least one of these courses must be at the 200 level (only 1 of which may be GE 275 - Introductory Research in Geosciences)
      2. At least two of these courses must be at the 300 level (only 1 of which may be GE 375 - Senior Research in Geosciences)
    9. Writing: Successful completion of (GE 211 or GE 216) and (GE 304 or GE 316)

Learning Objectives for Writing in Geosciences

Students should be able to:

In cooperation with the advisor, a student majoring in geosciences should construct a program to include a broad knowledge of the geosciences in general, as well as specific  knowledge of one area of geosciences in greater depth. GE 371 is strongly recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate studies or a career in the field.

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: Geoscience is the study of planet Earth, its materials, the processes that act upon them, and the history of the planet and its life forms since its origin. The mission of Skidmore's geosciences program is to apply the understanding of Earth processes to contemporary issues such as Earth resources, land-use planning, and global change. The program's curriculum includes ocean and atmospheric sciences, Earth surface processes, and the history of global change. Our courses are designed for students with a general interest in the geosciences as well as for students planning to pursue a graduate degree. We accomplish this mission by providing an environment in which students acquire sound scientific problem-solving, research, and written and oral communication skills.

As part of the writing-in-the-major requirement, Geoscience students will learn how to clearly propose research ideas and how to concisely convey their findings to broad audiences ranging from other geoscientists to the general public. Students will learn to contextualize their ideas and findings in the existing geosciences knowledge using the standard writing practices of the geosciences. Geoscience students obtain a strong foundation for lifelong learning, professional development in the geosciences, and enhanced career opportunities in other fields that require a broadly based background in this discipline. A liberal arts degree in geosciences prepares a student for a number of professional activities related to resource management, climatology, oceanography, hydrology, Earth hazards, landuse planning, and environmental consulting. Our department contributes to the broader mission of the college by providing courses that enhance student awareness of, and appreciation for, Earth's dynamic systems and the scientific methodologies by which they are understood. Our program complements and is complemented by Environmental Studies in addition to other natural sciences.

 

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