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Geology-Biology

Students in Geology-Biology apply principles from geology, biology, chemistry, and physics to understand how major components of the Earth, such as its atmosphere and oceans, interact with and sustain life in the past, present, and into the future.  Many courses emphasize climate change, environmental pollution, and biogeochemistry, so this concentration is a good one for students interested in studying the environment. Other areas emphasize Earth history, including climate change, extinction events, and using the Earth’s sedimentary record to investigate environmental change. 

Both AB and ScB degrees are offered; the ScB requires more (19) courses, including a research course. DEEPS provides a highly collaborative learning environment that emphasizes process-oriented, hands-on approaches in the classroom, in labs and on field trips.  There are many opportunities for students to do research working with faculty, graduate students, and researchers. The degree builds students’ skills in critical thinking, written and oral communication, data analysis and modeling, and applying systems approaches to problem solving, which prepare students for a wide variety of careers. 

Standard program for the A.B. degree

This program provides a broad introduction to the geologic and biologic processes that shape the Earth and our environment. It is recommended for students seeking a liberal education and a general understanding of Earth processes, including the evolution of climate and the environment, global environmental change and Earth history. The program prepares students for careers in environmental science, geology, ecology, oceanography, and global change.

Basic supporting science courses
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems (or equivalent)1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure (or equivalent)1
Two courses to build quantitative skills: 2
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II (or higher)
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction (or higher)
Dynamics and Vibrations (or higher)
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or higher)
Foundations of Mechanics (or higher)
Ten Concentration courses
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
EEPS 1240Stratigraphy and Sedimentation1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
or EEPS 0250 Computational Approaches to Modelling and Quantitative Analysis in Natural Sciences: An Introduction
Select three upper level Biology courses such as: 3
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Ecology
The Evolution of Plant Diversity
Evolutionary Biology
Conservation Biology
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and the Functioning of Ecosystems
Three upper level EEPS courses such as: 3
Weather and Climate
Paleoceanography
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Limnology: The Study of Lakes
Global Water Cycle
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
Environmental Geochemistry
The Environmental Policy Process
Individual Study of Geologic Problems
Total Credits14

Standard program for the Sc.B. degree

This program is recommended for students interested in graduate study and careers in the Earth, Environmental, or Biological Sciences. It is relevant for students interested in environmental science, paleoclimate, Earth systems science, biogeochemistry, oceanography, or paleobiology.

Five basic supporting science courses
BIOL 0200The Foundation of Living Systems (or equivalent)1
CHEM 0330Equilibrium, Rate, and Structure (or equivalent)1
Three courses to build quantitative skills: 3
Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II (or higher)
Statistical Analysis of Biological Data
Computer Science: An Integrated Introduction (or higher)
Dynamics and Vibrations (or higher)
Introductory Calculus, Part I (or higher)
Foundations of Mechanics (or higher)
Fourteen (14) concentration courses
EEPS 0220Earth Processes1
EEPS 0240Earth: Evolution of a Habitable Planet1
EEPS 1240Stratigraphy and Sedimentation1
EEPS 0230Geochemistry: Earth and Planetary Materials and Processes1
or EEPS 0250 Computational Approaches to Modelling and Quantitative Analysis in Natural Sciences: An Introduction
Three upper level BIOL courses such as: 3
Invertebrate Zoology
Principles of Ecology
The Evolution of Plant Diversity
Evolutionary Biology
Conservation Biology
Terrestrial Biogeochemistry and the Functioning of Ecosystems
Three upper level EEPS courses such as: 3
Weather and Climate
Paleoceanography
Ocean Biogeochemical Cycles
Limnology: The Study of Lakes
Global Water Cycle
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems for Environmental Applications
Global Environmental Remote Sensing
Environmental Geochemistry
Principles of Planetary Climate
The Environmental Policy Process
Three upper level science or math courses with approval from the concentration advisor3
EEPS 1970Individual Study of Geologic Problems (Senior Research Thesis)1
Total Credits19