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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2018-19


Earth Sciences - Undergraduate

Chair: Carl E. Renshaw

Professors X. Feng, C. E. Renshaw, M. Sharma; Professor Emeritus J. L. Aronson, Professor Emeritus W. B. Dade, Professor Emeritus G. D. Johnson; Associate Professors R. L. Hawley, M. A. Kelly, L. J. Sonder; Assistant Professors  M. Palucis, W. Leavitt, E. C. Osterberg, J.V. Strauss; Research Associate Professor B. P. Jackson;  Research Instructor E. E. Meyer;  Adjunct Professors S. Bonis, F. J. Magilligan, K. Peterson, R. A. Virginia; Adjunct Assistant Professor J. W. Chipman, J. Winter.

 

To view Earth Sciences Undergraduate courses, click here. 

To view Earth Sciences Graduate requirements, click here.

To view Earth Sciences Graduate courses, click here.

 

Requirements for the Earth Sciences Major, the Environmental Earth Sciences Major and the Earth Sciences Minor

The Earth Sciences Major

Prerequisites: Any one introductory Earth Science course (EARS 1-9 exclusive of EARS 7); EARS 40; CHEM 5 (or CHEM 10); and any one of the following courses taken at Dartmouth: MATH 3, MATH 8, MATH 9, MATH 11, MATH 12, MATH 13, MATH 14, MATH 23, or MATH 46.

Requirements: One Data Analysis course (EARS 10-19); Five Core Methods and Concepts courses (EARS 30-59), including EARS 45, 46, and 47 (see advisory below) and at least one Advanced Core Methods and Concepts course (EARS 50-59); one Quantitative Analysis course (EARS 60-69); and one Advanced Topics course (EARS 70-79).

Culminating Experience: Majors must complete one of three options in order to fulfill the College's culminating experience requirement.  There are three ways to fulfill the culminating experience:

  • a) Honors Thesis, as described below (EARS 89 and, optionally, EARS 90 or 91 but not both). This is generally a 3-term commitment.
  • b) Independent research project, generally of 1 term duration, under the supervision of a faculty member (EARS 87).
  • c) Senior Seminar, EARS 88 (Fall Term only).

In addition, to fulfill the College’s culminating experience requirement, all students must attend the weekly research seminar during Winter and Spring of their senior year.

Within the Earth Sciences major, several tracks are suggested below. Note that majors need not be restricted to those listed below; other specialized tracks or a broader major plan can also satisfy the major.

Data Analysis (EARS 10-19)

1 course

Core Methods (EARS 30-59) Five courses (including EARS 45,46, 47, plus at least one numbered ≥ 50)

Quantitative Analysis (EARS 60-69)

1 course

Advanced Topics (EARS 70-79)

1 course

Culminating Experience

1 course

Solid Earth

Any of EARS 10-19

Stretch or other geology field program*

EARS 33, 37, or 38

EARS  51, 52, 58, or 59

EARS 62, 64, 65, or 67

EARS 73 or 74

EARS 87, 88, or 89

 Hydrology and Hydrogeology

EARS 16 or 17

Stretch or hydrology field camp*

EARS 33 or 35

EARS 52

EARS 64, 65, 66, or 67

EARS 71, 74, 76, or 77

EARS 87, 88, or 89

Oceans, Atmospheres, and Climate

EARS 14, or 15

 

Stretch or SEA Semester (sea.edu)*

EARS 37

EARS 51, 52, 58, or 59

 

EARS 62, 64, or 65

 

EARS 74, 75, or 78

EARS 87, 88, or 89

Glaciology and Climate

EARS 14 or 15

Stretch, Juneau Icefield Research Program, or other glaciology program*

EARS 51, 52, 58, or 59

 

EARS 64

EARS 70, 75, or 78

EARS 87, 88, or 89

Environmental Geology

EARS 14, 16 or 18

Stretch or other geology field program*

EARS 33 or 35

EARS 51, 52, 58, or 59

EARS 62, 65, or 67

EARS 71, 73,74, or 77

EARS 87, 88, or 89

 Paleobiology, Paleontology, Geobiology

EARS 15 or 17

 

Stretch or other geology field program*

EARS 31 or 38

EARS 51 or 58

EARS 62 or 65

EARS 72

EARS 87, 88, or 89

The Environmental Earth Sciences Major

Prerequisites: Any one introductory Earth Science course (EARS 1-9, exclusive of EARS 7); EARS 40; CHEM 5 (or CHEM 10); and any one of the following courses taken at Dartmouth: MATH 3, MATH 8, MATH 9, MATH 11, MATH 12, MATH 13, MATH 14, MATH 23, or MATH 46.

Requirements: One Data Analysis course (EARS 10-19); EARS 45, EARS 46, and EARS 47; one Quantitative Analysis course (EARS 60-69); one Advanced Topics course (EARS 70-79); and at least two additional courses that are either Earth Sciences courses numbered 30 or higher or relevant courses above the introductory level from qualifying courses in Geography, Environmental Studies, Engineering, Chemistry or Biology. Such courses may include CHEM 63; ENGS 37, ENGS 41, ENGS 43; BIOL 53; ENVS 25, ENVS 30; MATH 53, or other courses with the permission of the Chair.

In addition, to fulfill the College’s culminating experience requirement, all students must complete EARS 87 or EARS 88 or EARS 89 and attend the weekly research seminar in Winter and Spring of their senior year.

**Advisory**

First-year students planning a major in either of the two above Earth Sciences majors are advised to complete the prerequisite courses, exclusive of EARS 40, by the end of their sophomore year.

 

It is highly recommended that all majors take the EARS 45, EARS 46 and EARS 47 sequence (the Stretch). However, we recognize that this may not be an option for all students, for example some international students and students with physical limitations or students with athletics eligibility conflicts.  The Department of Earth Sciences is committed to making the earth sciences accessible to all and encourages students who are unable to complete the Stretch to consider, as appropriate, summer field courses offered by other universities or the alternative accessible field course listed on the International Association for Geoscience Diversity website.  Substitute field methods course offered by other institutions must be approved in advance by the Chair.  Since substitute courses will likely receive one Dartmouth course transfer credit, a student will usually need two additional Earth Sciences courses numbered 30 or above to meet Dartmouth's eight course major requirement.  Be advised that the Registrar also charges a fee to transfer course credits to Dartmouth. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information regarding the transfer fee.

Students contemplating a professional career in earth sciences are advised that:

  1. Training at the Master’s level or above is becoming increasingly necessary.
  2. Most graduate schools have minimum entrance requirements equivalent to MATH 3 and MATH 8, CHEM 5-6, and PHYS 3-PHYS 4 or PHYS 13-14. Minimal expectations for Earth Sciences preparation include material taught in EARS 40, EARS 51, EARS 52, EARS 58, and EARS 69.

The Earth Sciences Minor

Prerequisite Courses: Any one introductory Earth Science course (EARS 1-9 exclusive of EARS 7); EARS 40; CHEM 5 (or CHEM 10); and any one of MATH 3, MATH 8, MATH 9, MATH 11, MATH 12, MATH 13, MATH 14, MATH 23, or MATH 46, taken at Dartmouth.

Requirements: Four Earth Sciences courses numbered above 10, of which three must be numbered 30 or higher.

The Environmental Earth Sciences Minor

Prerequisite courses: Any one of EARS 1-19 exclusive of EARS 7; any one of MATH 3, MATH 8, MATH 9, MATH 11, MATH 12, MATH 13, MATH 14, MATH 23, or MATH 46, taken at Dartmouth; CHEM 5 (or CHEM 10) or PHYS 13 (or PHYS 3 or PHYS 15) or BIOL 16

Required courses: A total of 5 courses in addition to the prerequisite courses is required for the Environmental Earth Sciences minor. Three or more of these must be in Earth Sciences. The Earth Sciences courses must be numbered greater than 10; of these, two courses must be Core Methods and Concepts (EARS 30-59) and one must be numbered 60 or above (Quantitative Analysis of Earth Systems or Advanced Topics). Up to two of the five required courses may be from other departments; the following are specifically recommended for the Environmental Earth Sciences minor but other courses are permitted, subject to the permission of the Chair:

CHEM 63 (Environmental Chemistry); ENVS 20 (Conservation of Biodiversity) or ENVS 25 (Ecological Agriculture); BIOL 21 (Population Ecology), BIOL 25 (Introductory Marine Biology and Ecology), BIOL 51 (Advanced Population Ecology) or BIOL 53 (Aquatic Ecology); ENGS 37 (Introduction to Environmental Engineering) or ENGS 43 (Environmental Transport and Fate); GEOG 31 (Forest Geography).

The Modified Major

Modified Major with Earth Sciences as the primary department (in addition to the general rules in the Regulations section of this catalog).

Prerequisites: same as Earth Sciences Major

Required Courses: EARS 45, EARS 46, EARS 47 plus three additional courses above 10, of which two must be above 30.

In addition, to fulfill the College's culminating experience requirement, all students must complete EARS 87 or EARS 88 or EARS 89 and attend the weekly research seminar in Winter and Spring of their senior year.

Modified Major with Earth Sciences as the secondary department (in addition to the general rules in the Regulations section of this catalog.)

Prerequisites: same as Earth Sciences Major

Required Courses: four Earth Sciences courses numbered 10 or above, at least one of which must be a Core Methods and Concepts course (Earth Sciences 30-59) and at least one of which must be a Quantitative Analysis or Advanced Topics course (Earth Sciences 60-79).

Modified Major with Environmental Earth Sciences as the primary department (in addition to the general rules in the Regulations section of this catalog.)

Prerequisites: same as Environmental Earth Sciences Major

Required Courses: six, of which three must include EARS 45, EARS 46, EARS 47. Of the other three, all must be above the introductory level and one may come from a third department (neither the primary nor secondary department); the following courses are specifically recommended but others are permitted subject to the permission of the Chair:

CHEM 63 (Environmental Chemistry); ENVS 20 (Conservation of Biodiversity) or ENVS 25 (Ecological Agriculture); BIOL 21 (Population Ecology), BIOL 25 (Introductory Marine Biology and Ecology), BIOL 51 (Advanced Population Ecology), or BIOL 53 (Aquatic Ecology); ENGG 37 (Introduction to Environmental Engineering) or ENGG 43 (Environmental Transport and Fate); GEOG 31 (Forest Geography).

In addition, to fulfill the College's culminating experience requirement, all students must complete EARS 87 or EARS 88 or EARS 89 and attend the weekly research seminar in Winter and Spring of their senior year.

Modified Major with Environmental Earth Sciences as the secondary department (in addition to the general rules in the Regulations section of this catalog.)

Prerequisites: same as Environmental Earth Sciences Major

Required Courses: four courses numbered 10 or above, at least one of which must be a Core Methods and Concepts course (EARS 30-59) and at least one of which must be a Quantitative Analysis or Advanced Topics course (EARS 60-79). At most one of these courses may come from a third department (neither the primary nor the secondary department).

Earth Sciences Honors Program

A candidate for the Honors Program in Earth Sciences must satisfy the College requirements of at least a 3.0 (B) overall grade point average and at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average in the major at the beginning of senior year. Those students who a) enroll in and satisfactorily complete Earth Sciences 89, b) satisfactorily complete and submit a written senior thesis and c) have a 3.3 (B+) average or higher in the 8 courses constituting their major will earn Honors or, in appropriate cases, High Honors, in Earth Sciences at the end of senior year. High Honors will be granted only by vote of the Department faculty on the basis of overall academic performance including both classroom and independent work. Earth Sciences 89 may be taken twice, both for course credit, but will only count once toward the major. An interim evaluation of Honors Students will be made after one term and continuation will be recommended for those students whose work demonstrates the capacity for satisfactory (B+) work. Note: enrollment in Earth Sciences 89 in and of itself does not constitute admission to the Honors Program, nor does completion of a senior thesis guarantee the awarding of Honors.