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    Skidmore College
   
 
  Oct 22, 2017
 
Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Catalog 2017-2018

Geosciences B.A.


Students majoring in geosciences are required to:

GS Major for students who entered Skidmore prior to fall 2016:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.
  2. Complete the following:
    1. GE 101 , and either   or GE 112  
    2. An approved course in GIS
    3. CH 125  by the end of the junior year
    4. MA 111 , MA 113 , or MA 108 , MA 109 , and MA 113  by the end of the junior year
    5. GE 216  and two additional 200-level courses
    6. GE 304 , GE 377  and two additional 300-level courses, excluding   
    7. One additional GE course at the 200 or 300 level, excluding   
    8. Writing: Successful completion of GE 211 or GE 216 and GE 304 or GE 316

GS Major for students who entered Skidmore in 2016 and beyond:

  1. Fulfill the general college requirements.
  2. Complete the following:
    1. GE 101 , and either GE 102  or GE 112  
    2. An approved course in analytical methods (ID 210 - Introduction to GIS  or GE 305 - Remote Sensing of the Earth and Environment )
    3. CH 125  by the end of the junior year
    4. MA 113  or MA 204  by the end of the junior year
    5. PY 207  or PY 207H  or BI 107  or BI 108  
    6. GE 211  or GE 216  
    7. (GE 304  or GE 320 ) and GE 377  
    8. Five additional GE or GP courses at the 200 or 300 level (minimum of 3 credits each), excluding GE 399 
      1. At least one of these courses must be at the 200 level (only 1 of which may be GE 275 - Introductory Research in Geosciences )
      2. At least two of these courses must be at the 300 level (only 1 of which may be GE 375 - Senior Research in Geosciences )
    9. Writing: Successful completion of (GE 211  or GE 216 ) and (GE 304  or GE 316 )

WRITING REQUIREMENT IN THE MAJOR: As part of the writing-in-the-major requirement, Geoscience students will learn how to clearly propose research ideas and how to concisely convey their findings to broad audiences ranging from other geoscientists to the general public. Students will learn to contextualize their ideas and findings in the existing geosciences knowledge using the standard writing practices of the geosciences.

Learning Objectives for Writing in Geosciences

Students should be able to:

  • synthesize and cite information from a variety of sources in their writing;
  • articulate clearly hypotheses and methods for scientific research in their writing;
  • develop proficiency in expressing results, including addressing uncertainty in the findings;
  • convey the implications of findings for the geosciences community and/or the public through their writing; and
  • write effective independent and collaborative pieces.

In cooperation with the advisor, a student majoring in geosciences should construct a program to include a broad knowledge of the geosciences in general, as well as specific  knowledge of one area of geosciences in greater depth. GE 371  is strongly recommended for students who intend to pursue graduate studies or a career in the field.

 

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