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Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2013-14 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth Systems Science, B.S.

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Geo/Physical Sciences

Bruce Duncan
Associate Professor
Assistant Professors
Jiang Yu Bruce Duncan Elizabeth Gordon
  Lawrence R. Guth Reid Parsons
  Jane Zhang  

Objectives for the Program in Geo/Physical Sciences

The Geo/Physical Sciences department encompasses the disciplines of Earth Science, Geography, and Physics. A major concentration of study may be chosen in Earth Systems Science or Geographic Science and Technology. In both fields, successful students pursue courses of instruction and are supported in undertaking internship experiences which prepare them for entry into the job market or for acceptance to graduate school.  Both Geographic Science and Technology and Earth Systems Science also offer a minor. In addition, all three disciplines which make up the Geo/Physical Sciences offer courses which satisfy various requirements of the Liberal Arts and Sciences Program, as well as those of majors in other departments.

Requirements for the Major in Geographic Science and Technology/Earth Systems Science

The degrees of Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts in Geographic Science and Technology or Earth Systems Science each require a minimum of 36 semester hours of coursework. Bachelor of Art students are required to have foreign language proficiency at the intermediate level.

Earth Systems Science Major

Required Cognate Courses for Earth Systems Science Majors

(to be taken as part of Liberal Arts and Sciences distribution and free electives):

Recommended cognate courses for students interested in soil remediation:

  • Organic Chemistry I and II. 4 cr. each


* GEOG 4000  meets the Computer Literacy requirement for Geography and Earth Systems Science.

** GEOG 3250 , GEOG 3270 , GEOG 4200 , GEOG 4220  and GEOG 4600  meets the Speaking/Listening and Jr/Sr Writing requirement for Earth Systems Science.

*** GEOG 1100  meets the Speaking/Listening requirement and GEOG 3400  or GEOG 4700  meets the Jr/Sr Writing requirement for Geography.

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