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BA Science Course Requirements

Science Course Requirements 
for the
BA in Earth and Space Sciences/Earth Science Education Track:
updated 09/08/2015

Link here for a check list for these courses

Link here for courses at Suffolk Community College, Nassau Community College and SUNY Farmindale that are accepted as equivalent to the following introductory courses at  Stony Brook University.

 A. Introductory courses  

AMS 102 Elements of Statistics

AST 101 Introduction to Astronomy

AST 112 Astronomy Laboratory

ATM 102 Weather and Climate

ATM 205 Introduction to Atmospheric Sciences

BIO 201 Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems

BIO 202* Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cellular Biology

BIO 204* Fundamentals of Scientific Inquiry in the Biological Sciences I

CHE 131 General Chemistry I

CHE 132. General Chemistry II

CHE 133 General Chemistry Laboratory I

CHE 134 General Chemistry Laboratory II

GEO 102 The Earth

GEO 103 The Earth Through Time

GEO 112 Physical Geology

GEO 113 Historical Geology Laboratory

MAT 125 Calculus A

PHY 119** Physics for Environmental Studies (or any other calculus based introductory physics)

* Or PHY 121/123 Physics for the Life Sciences with Laboratory
* Or PHY 125 Classical Physics A plus PHY 133 Classical Physics Laboratory I
* Or PHY 131 ​Classical Physics I plus PHY 133  Classical Physics Laboratory I

B. Elective Courses

 At least 24 credits from approved course list, chosen in consultation with the program director.  At least two of the courses must include a laboratory.

C. Specific Science Concentration

 At least 12 credits of the 24 elective credits must be chosen from one of the earth and space science disciplines:  astronomy, atmospheric sciences or geosciences.

 Approved Undergraduate Earth Science Courses for the
Earth Science Education track of the BA in ESS 


The following courses form the core of geology as taught in the earth science curriculum:

GEO 403 Stratigraphy
GEO 306 Introduction to Mineralogy
GEO 309 Structural Geology
GEO 407 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

 

Credits

AST 100 Astronomy Today

1

AST 105 Introduction to the Solar System

3

AST 200 Current Astronomical Research at Stony Brook

1

AST 205 Introduction to Planetary Sciences 

3

AST 248 Search for Life in the Universe

3

AST 287: Introductory Research in Astronomy

0-3

AST 301 Collisions in the solar system

3

ATM 103: Atmospheric Extreme Events Around the Globe

3

ATM 201: Introduction to Climate and Climate Change

3

ATM 237 Current Topics in World Climate and Atmosphere

3

ATM 247 Atmospheric Structure and Analysis 

3

ATM 305 Global Atmospheric Change  

3

ATM 397 Air Pollution and its Control  

3

GEO 106 Planetary Geology    

3

GEO 287 Introductory Research in Geology   

0-3

GEO 305 Field Geology counts as laboratory   

3

GEO 306 Introduction to Mineralogy  includes laboratory  

4

GEO 309 Structural Geology includes laboratory    

4

GEO 310 Introduction to Geophysics     

3

GEO 311 Geosciences and Global Concerns      

3

GEO 316 Geochemistry of Surficial Processes includes laboratory 

4

GEO 318/MAR 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes  

3

GEO 320 Glacial Geology   

3

GEO 330 The Geology of Mars   

3

GEO 403 Stratigraphy includes laboratory    

4

GEO 405 Field Camp counts as laboratory   

1 to 6

GEO 407 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology includes  laboratory  

4

GEO 420 Environmental Analysis Using Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems          

3

GEO 487 Senior Research in Geology may count as laboratory   

0-6

MAR 304: Waves, Tides, and Beaches      

3

MAR 318/GEO 318 Engineering Geology and Coastal Processes     

3

MAR 333: Coastal Oceanography 

3