Environmental Geosciences

Environmental Geosciences is an interdisciplinary curriculum integrating physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment and environmental systems. There remains a huge demand for scientists with quantitative, interdisciplinary training in environmental geosciences to address, mitigate, and manage a multitude of complex environmental problems facing society.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Geography Department offers a range of topics in contemporary geography and geospatial science, rich and lively cultural and learning environments, B.A. and B.S. undergraduate degrees, M.A., M.S., and PhD degrees, as well as the largest Medical Geography program in the United States.
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 Curriculum

The Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences is a joint program between the Department of Geography and the Department of Geological Sciences and is intended for students interested in land and water aspects of the environment. The degree focuses on human impacts, water and mineral resource exploitation and management, disasters, environmental planning, earth science education, or environmental law. Potential careers include natural resource management, environment protection, USGS, NGOs, etc.

Coursework

The Bachelor of Arts in environmental geosciences requires a minimum of 37 credits of coursework, including STA 2023 Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all coursework for the major.

Required Coursework

GEO 2200
2200L
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory
4
GIS 3043Foundations of Geographic Information Systems4
GLY 2010CPhysical Geology3-4
or GLY 2030C Environmental and Engineering Geology
GLY 2100CHistorical Geology4
or GLY 3105C Evolution of Earth and Life
GLY 3202CEarth Materials3
GEO 4930Senior Seminar1
Select three geography electives:9-12
Extreme Weather
Climatology
Introduction to Medical Geography
River Forms and Processes
Undergraduate Research in Geography
Selected Topics in Geography
Individual Work
Internship
Honors Thesis
Spatial Maps and Graphs
Aerial Photo Interpretation
Digital Image Processing
Undergraduate Research in Geospatial Trends
Atmospheric Teleconnections
Select two geology electives:6-7
Geology American National Parks
Paleontology
Hydrogeology and Human Affairs
Geology of Florida
Sedimentary Geology
Geomorphology
Groundwater Geology
Total Credits34-39

Up to 3 credits of geography electives can come from the group of  GEO 4944, GEO 4970, and GEO 4905

The same course may not be used to satisfy requirements for more than one group.

Related Coursework


Related Geography Programs

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for progress toward each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 2

Semester 3

  • Complete the other critical-tracking course with laboratory (GEO 2200/GEO 2200L or GLY 2010C) with a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 4

  • Complete STA 2023 and maintain a 2.5 critical-tracking GPA
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

Semester 6

  • Complete 1 geography 3000/4000 elective course.
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

  • Complete 1 additional geography and 1 additional geology elective courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 8

  • Complete all remaining geography and geology 3000/4000 courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S).

3000 level or above Geology courses count towards the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
State Core Gen Ed Mathematics, pure math 3
Foreign language 4-5
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Two
Select one: 4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
 
Physical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
State Core Gen Ed Biological Sciences 3
Foreign language 3-5
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits13-15
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences) 3
Select one (not taken in semester 2): 4
Physical Geography
and Physical Geography Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
 
Physical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 3
Foreign language if 4-3-3 option 3
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
STA 2023 Introduction to Statistics 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Mathematics) 3
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Biological Sciences or Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Science) 3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences or Gen Ed Biological Science (Option not taken in Quest 2 above) 3
Elective 3
 Credits15
Semester Five
GIS 3043 Foundations of Geographic Information Systems (Critical Tracking) 4
Select one: 4
Historical Geology (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
Evolution of Earth and Life (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)  
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 6
 Credits14
Semester Six
GLY 3202C Earth Materials 3
Geography elective (Critical Tracking; from list) 3-4
Electives (3000 level or above, not in major) 9
 Credits15-16
Semester Seven
Geography elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Geology elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Elective (3000 level or above, not in major) 3
Electives 6
 Credits15-17
Semester Eight
GEO 4930 Senior Seminar (Critical Tracking) 1
Geography elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Geology elective (Critical Tracking) 3-4
Electives 9
 Credits16-18
 Total Credits120

Electives to reach the 120-credit minimum will vary depending on whether students select minimum or maximum credit course options.


The Bachelor of Arts in geology provides knowledge of the basic concepts related to earth materials and processes, and how to collect and organize geological data in the field. Through laboratory and field-based exercises, students will learn how to interpret geologic maps and cross sections, and to understand the application of the scientific method to solve these problems in teams and individually.

Before Graduating Students Must

  • Pass GLY 4155C according to the department grading rubric.
  • Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Identify, describe and define the basic concepts related to earth materials and processes.
  2. Collect data in the field.
  3. Organize geologic, temporal and spatial data.

Critical Thinking

  1. Interpret geologic maps and cross sections.
  2. Interpret results using the scientific method.

Communication

  1. Produce a clearly and effectively written synthesis of data collected in the field.
  2. Work in teams to solve geologic problems and to present the results of such collaboration effectively.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6 SLO 7
GLY 2010C I I I I I I I
GLY 2100C R R R R I R
GLY 3202C R R R R
GLY 3603 R R R R
GLY 4155C Capstone A A A A A A A

Assessment Types

  • Lab assignments
  • Projects
  • Exams