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Geological Sciences – Atmospheric Science Track

Notice: The information on this page is for informational purposes only, and does not necessarily reflect official degree requirements, which can change. Students should refer to the degree requirements for their matriculation term in the official College of Arts and Sciences Bulletin, and consult with the academic advisor.

We also offer an Atmospheric Science B.S. and B.A. track within Geological Sciences.

For more information contact Kathy Davis, the Undergraduate Acadamic Advisor for Earth and Atmospheric Sciences.
Phone: 812-855-2391. Atmospheric Sciences website.

Geological Sciences BS Degree - Atmospheric Science Track

A minimum of 30 hours in Geological Sciences, including

  1. One formal 100-level course in the Geological Sciences (appropriate courses include; GEOL-G 122 or GEOL- G 131)
  2. GEOL- G225, GEOL- G221 or GEOL- G222 plus one additional formal non-atmospheric science course in Geological Sciences above the 100-level.
  3. GEOL-G 340 plus at least 15 additional credit hours in atmospheric science courses (including at least 6 credit hours at the 400-level, appropriate courses include; GEOL-G339, GEOL-G347, GEOL-G 364, GEOL-G 434, GEOL-G 437, GEOL-G 438, GEOL-G 456, GEOL-G 466, GEOL-G 470, GEOL-G 474, GEOL-G 476)
  4. Mathematics M211 and M212
  5. Physics P221 and P222
  6. Chemistry C117/127 (lecture C117 (3 cr) and lab (C127 (2 cr))
  7. Two additional courses at the 300 or 400 level intended for science majors, selected from Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Statistics or Mathematics
Geological Sciences BA Degree - Atmospheric Science Track

A minimum of 30 hours in Geological Sciences, including:

  1. At least one course at the 100-level with a maximum of 3 courses (appropriate courses include; GEOL-G 122 or GEOL-G 131*)
  2. GEOL-G 340
  3. At least 9 additional credit hours in atmospheric science courses (appropriate courses include; GEOL-G339, GEOL-G347, GEOL-G 364, GEOL-G 434, GEOL-G 437, GEOL-G 438, GEOL-G 456, GEOL-G 466, GEOL-G 470, GEOL-G 474, GEOL-G 476). At least one course must be at the 400-level.
  4. Other courses at the 200, 300 or 400 level within the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences to fulfill the total required credit hours of 30 (appropriate courses include, but are not limited to; GEOL-G 328 or GEOL-G 448). Note: A minimum of 18 credit hours within the major (Geological Sciences) must be at the 300- or 400-level.
  5. At least 6 additional credit hours of N&M outside of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Certificate in Atmospheric Science

Purpose

The Certificate in Atmospheric Science provides a broad and rigorous introduction to the atmospheric sciences, allowing students to study variability in and changes to the modern atmosphere. Coursework within the atmospheric sciences helps students to better understand atmospheric processes and their impacts on natural ecosystems and human society through the study of such topics as air pollution, biosphere-atmosphere interactions, climate variations, the water cycle, weather forecasting, and wind energy. The certificate also emphasizes the development of skills in scientific programming, meteorological instrumentation, and statistics. Requirements

As part of completing a bachelor’s degree and in addition to completing the requirements for a major in another department, students may earn a certificate in Atmospheric Science. The certificate requires a minimum of 24 credit hours (i.e., 8 courses) in atmospheric science courses. Any course taken to satisfy the requirements of the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C, and the GPA of all courses taken in the certificate must exceed 2.700. In fulfilling these requirements, students must meet all other College requirements for certificates.

  1. Basic foundation courses (Both are required): GEOL-G 122 and GEOL-G 340.
  2. Remaining credits to be chosen from GEOL-G 339, GEOL-G 347, GEOL-G 364, GEOL-G 434, GEOL-G 437, GEOL-G 438, GEOL-G 448, GEOL-G 470, GEOL-G 476, GEOL-X 498, PHYS P310, and SPEA E451.

Note: A transcriptable concentration in Atmospheric Science is available to students pursuing a B.S. in Geological Sciences. The Certificate in Atmospheric Science is not available to students who are pursuing a B.A. major in Geological Sciences.

Undergraduate Advisors

For forms and additional information about undergraduate study in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University, please contact:

  1. Kaj Johnson, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, kajjohns@indiana.edu, 812–855–3612
  2. Bruce Douglas, Senior Lecturer and Director of the IU Geologic Field Station douglasb@indiana.edu, 812–855–3848
  3. Kathy Davis, Undergraduate Academic Advisor kamdavis@indiana.edu 812–855–2391.
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