|DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY, GEOGRAPHY, AND PHYSICS|
Dr. David S. Loebbaka, Chair
222 EPS Building
Tahira Arshed, Ernest W. Blythe, Jr., Michael A. Gibson, Harry P. Houff, David S. Loebbaka, William T. McCutchen, Gloria Mansfield, Jefferson S. Rogers, Robert P. Self, Helmut C. WenzThe Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics is a multi-disciplinary unit that offers a bachelor's degree in Geosciences with concentrations in Geology, Geography, or Travel and Tourism and a minor in physics. Students can study with highly qualified faculty who provide individualized educational opportunities to achieve the greatest personal potential. The mission of the Geology, Geography, and Physics Department is as follows:
Instructional facilities of the department include: three fully-equipped geology laboratories, introductory and advanced physics laboratories, cartographic facilities, meteorological equipment, personal computers with digitizing capabilities, and a student reading room for individual study. The department is a respository for U.S. Geological Survey maps and maintains large collections of topographic maps, aerial photographs, rocks, minerals, fossils, and visual aids. These collections are an integral part of the instructional program. The department is included in the Tennessee Earthquake Network. Field trips to areas of geological and geographical interest form an integral part of the programs.
The geology scholarship is available to both incoming freshmen and returning students. Applications can be made through the department or through Student Financial Assistance.
The Geo Club, which consists of geosciences majors and other interested students, sponsors field trips, speakers and social events of interest to geoscience students.
|COOPERATIVE EDUCATION PROGRAM IN GEOSCIENCE|
The five-year Cooperative Education Program in Geology, Geography, and Travel and Tourism leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science with a major in Geoscience (either a Geology, Geography, or Travel and Tourism Concentration) offers the participant an opportunity to obtain valuable professional experience while preparing for permanent employment or for admission to graduate school. In addition, the participant gains a source of income to help finance college expenses. After successful completion of the freshman year, qualified students admitted to the program alternate semesters at the University with semesters of work in geoscience-related areas and spend the fifth year in residence at the University. Applications for admission should be made during Fall Semester of the freshman year. Further information may be obtained by writing to the Department of Geology, Geography, and Physics.
|MAJORS AND MINORS|
B.S. Curriculum. A geoscience major must satisfy the requirements of one of the following concentrations. A minor is required for the Concentrations in Geography and in Travel and Tourism; a minor is optional for the Geology Concentration. The choice of a minor should be made in consultation with an advisor in the concentration.
Geography 151-152 are prerequisites to the concentration which consists of Geography 201-202, 351-352, 451, and 452. In addition, twelve (12) upper division hours must be selected from current geography courses.Geology Concentration - Geology is the study of the materials and processes which shape the Earth's past, present and future. There are many subfields such as oil and gas exploration, environmental geology, paleontology, hydrogeology, geochemistry, and geophysics. Geology assumes an increasingly important role in our quest for energy and mineral resources and in our growing concern for the environment. Geologists are typically employed by:
Geology 111 and 113 are prerequisites to a geology minor which consists of fifteen hours of upper division geology.
The minor in Physics provides a strong support program for degrees in mathematics, engineering, geology, chemistry, medicine or any of the pre-professional areas. The program of study can be designed to provide background in physics principles that best fits the student's primary degree area or interests.
Physics 220-221-222 and Physics 201L-202L are prerequisites to a physics minor, which consists of 15 hours of upper division physics electives; or Physics 211-212, 201L-202L, and 331-332 are prerequisites to a minor with 12 hours of upper division electives in physics (in courses other than the 331-332 prerequisite).
DESCRIPTION OF COURSES