Online, Hybrid and Lecture Summer 2013 General Education Courses - Registration Begins
Natural Science: GEOL 1030/1031 - Introduction to Earth Science + Lab (4 credit hours) Social Science: GEOG 2000 - Introduction to Regional Geography (3 credit hours)
See the schedule of courses on Raidernet for additional scheduling information. These
courses quickly fill, so please register asap.
The MTSU Department of Geosciences offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Geoscience,
with concentrations in Geology and Geography. Geology students choose between three
career tracks: Geology, Earth Science, and Earth Science Education. Geography students
also choose between three career tracks: Geography, Geographic Techniques, and Geography
The Department also offers a Masters of Science in Professional Sciences degree concentration
in Geoscience, certified as a Professional Science Masters degree by the Council of
Graduate Schools. Students in the MS-PS program choose between three tracks: Geographic
Information Systems, Environmental Geosystems, and General Geoscience. All graduate
students are required to complete a pre-professional internship as preparation for
employment after completion of the masters degree. The department is well-equipped
with modern research and teaching technologies to provide both undergraduate and graduate
students experiences and skills necessary to secure employment in the high-demand
geosciences global job market.
Geology at MTSU:
Geography at MTSU:
Why study the Geosciences?
The Earth is a dynamic planet which has changed continuously during its 4.6 billion
year existence. The size, shape, and geographic distribution of the continents and
ocean basins have changed throughout time, as have the atmosphere and biota. The relationships
between humans and our planet have been equally dynamic. Geoscientists are increasingly
aware of the complex relationships between the solid Earth, the atmosphere, and the
oceans. The history of Earth processes and their continuing effects on humans is one
of the greatest challenges in all of scientific research. Today, we all are faced
with long-term issues such as changing energy supplies, dwindling natural resources,
climate change, and natural disasters. Understanding these issues and their effects
on the global population requires extensive interdisciplinary training in science,
such as that provided by the Geosciences. Students interested in careers related to
any aspect of the many interactions between humans and the natural environment should
consider a major in Geosciences.
Life as a Geosciences major is one of the most challenging, fun and rewarding on the
MTSU campus. Currently, the faculty educates approximately 100 undergraduate majors,
making the MTSU Department of Geosciences one of the largest undergraduate programs
in the southeastern United States. However, with a student faculty ratio of approximately
10 to 1, we are able to provide each student with the personal attention necessary
to ensure academic success. Because our major classes are small, the faculty know each
student by name and our majors develop close-knit academic and social relationships
among themselves. The department is well-equipped with modern research and teaching
technologies to provide both undergraduate and graduate students experiences and skills
necessary to secure employment in the high-demand geosciences global job market.
In addition to receiving high-quality technology-based classroom and laboratory instruction,
students participate in frequent departmental field trips, attend regional and national
conferences, and engage in faculty-supervised research. Importantly, the faculty considers our
students' education to be a year-long endeavor, and therefore encourages majors to participate
in summer geoscience field courses, research programs, and pre-professional internships.
What do our graduates do?
Geoscientists are some of the most highly sought after science professionals in the
world. The global demand for geoscientists in areas such as mining, oil and gas exploration,
environmental science, and geographic information systems far exceeds the current
supply. Furthermore, the demand for geoscientists is expected to increase as global
demand for natural resources increases and the environmental impact of human activity
expands into new geographic and biological ecosystems. Many of our graduates are employed
with oil and gas exploration companies, mining companies, environmental consulting
firms, and government agencies. Because meaningful and rapid availability of data
is vital to all geoscientists, many graduates find employment as specialists in the
rapidly expanding field of geographic information systems. Our graduates go on to
earn masters and doctoral degrees at some of the nation's most prestigious research
universities, such as Vanderbilt and Notre Dame. Importantly, the extensive interdisciplinary
course of studies provided by a degree in Geosciences also prepares graduates for
careers in many geoscience-related professions, such as park service, science journalism,
and science education.
The first step to becoming a Geosciences major is to take our General Education courses,
Introduction to Earth Science and Laboratory (GEOL 1030/1031) or Physical Geology
and Lab (GEOL 1040/1041), and Introduction to Regional Geography (GEOG 2000). These
courses provide an overview of the Geosciences, and each counts in the required MTSU
General Education curriculum. We also encourage you to visit us to discuss if Geosciences
is the right major for you. The Department of Geosciences office is located on the
third floor of Kirksey Old Main (KOM). If you are interested in either a major or
minor in Geosciences, please contact our department secretary, Ms. Karen Wolfe (KOM
325B; 615-898-2726; firstname.lastname@example.org), who will put you in touch with a Geosciences
MTSU - Dept. of Geosciences MTSU PO BOx 9 Kirksey Old Main 325B Murfreesboro TN 37132
Important Department News and Information - Please Read
All Geosciences majors graduating in May, August or December 2013 must take the Geosciences
Exit Exam during the week of April 15. Please see Karen Wolfe to sign-up for an exam
time, and your faculty advisor for information on exam topics.
Priority registration begins April 1. All students should meet with their Geosciences
advisor prior to registration.
The Department of Geosciences annual Student Appreciation and Awards Ceremony will
be held at 6 PM on April 22 at the MTSU Foundation House on Thompson Lane. Please
let Karen Wolfe (email@example.com) know if you will be attending, and if so how
many guests you will bring.
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