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Environmental Physical Science Degree Requirements

Environmental physical science is a field of study that includes study of environmental problems such as water quality and management, contaminant chemistry and monitoring, land reclamation, waste treatment, land-use planning, soil testing, hazardous waste disposal and energy management and production.

Required Core - 57 semester hours

  • 4 CHEM 112 General Chemistry I & 112L Lab (gen ed)
  • 4 CHEM 114 General Chemistry II & 114L Lab (gen ed)
  • 4 GEOL 201 Physical Geology & 201L Lab
  • 4 GEOL 203 Historical Geology & 203L Lab
  • 3 GEOL 490 Seminar Environmental Geology
  • 5 MATH 123 Calculus I & 123L Lab (gen ed)
  • 5 MATH 125 Calculus II & 125L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 211 University Physics I & 211L Lab
  • 5 PHYS 213 University Physics II & 213L Lab

9 take three courses from the following eight courses:

  • GEOL 310 Volcanology
  • GEOL 340 Mineralogy/Petrology (4)
  • GEOL 350 Environmental Geology (3)
  • GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology (3)
  • GEOL 392 Topics
  • GEOL 491 Independent Study
  • GEOE 322 Structural Geology (3) (at SDSM&T)

6 take two courses from the following five courses:

  • MATH 225 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 321 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 373 Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3)

3 take one course from the following - can not duplicate:

  • BIOL 317 Electron Microscopy & 317L Lab (3)
  • CHEM 342 Physical Chemistry I (4)
  • CHEM 434 Instrumental Analysis & 434L Lab (4)
  • GEOL 340 Mineralogy/Petrology (4)
  • GEOL 350 Environmental Geology (3)
  • GEOL 360 Environmental Geochemistry (3)
  • GEOL 370 Hydrogeology (3)
  • GEOE 322 Structural Geology (3) (at SDSM&T)
  • MATH 225 Calculus III (4)
  • MATH 281 Introduction to Statistics (3)
  • MATH 316 Discrete Mathematics (3)
  • MATH 321 Differential Equations (3)
  • MATH 373 Introduction to Numerical Analysis (3) [Pre-req MIS 105}
  • PHYS 331 Introduction to Modern Physics (3)
  • PHYS 471 Quantum Mechanics (3)
  • SCI 388 Global Positioning & Geographical Information Systems (3)