Academic PRograms and Courses
Students considering AHS majors are encouraged to discuss their plans with AHS faculty during their freshman and sophomore years. Students should have made a solid beginning in the math, physics and chemistry coursework that form the foundation of their major prior to admission to the major. Students applying for admission to an AHS major should have completed the introductory 200 level course in their major (AHS 230 for hydrology majors, AHS 260 for meteorology majors and AHS 205 for earth and space science teaching majors). Application for admission to a major in AHS is typically done in the sophomore year.
Extensive coursework in the sciences and mathematics is required in AHS major programs. Thus, students majoring in these programs are considered to have satisfied the Liberal Education Program (LEP) Goal Areas 3 and 4.
Bachelor of Arts — Earth Science
The Earth Science degree program consists of two concentrations. The General Earth Science Concentration is designed for students interested in a liberal arts Earth Science major, particularly for those students wishing to take an additional major or one or more minors. The student has an opportunity to focus in one or more areas of earth science through the choice of electives with adviser approval. The Environmental Geology Concentration is designed for students interested in the environmental aspects of geology. It includes required coursework in geology, ground water hydrology, environmental regulation and geographic information science plus 3 credits of electives. For environmental careers, students will also need to complete a Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response Standard (HAZWOPER) training class. See your adviser for details. An appropriate senior project is required of all majors.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science - Geology
Bachelor of Science — Hydrology
The hydrology major focuses on the quantitative study of surface and ground water and provides the background for a variety of entry level job opportunities in industry and government and for those intending to pursue graduate work in the field. Students are strongly urged to consider a minor in a related field such as meteorology, geography - geographic information science, or environmental studies.
Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science — Hydrology
The hydrology minor will be of particular interest to students majoring in meteorology, earth-science education, environmental studies, and biology or other technical or science majors.
Bachelor of Science — Meteorology
The Meteorology program focuses on the physical and dynamical processes that govern the evolution of the earth's atmospheric circulation and weather. The meteorology major prepares students for professional employment in meteorology in the private and public sectors and for continued study in graduate school. The meteorology major meets the guidelines for bachelor's degree programs set forth by the American Meteorological Society. It also fulfills the requirements for Federal meteorologist positions specified by the National Weather Service with appropriate elective choices. Students should note that Meteorology requires prerequisites in mathematics and physics and should plan to begin this supporting course work as soon as possible. Students should plan to take the meteorology program's orientation course (AHS 160) at the earliest opportunity.
Bachelor of Science - Earth and Space Science/General Science Education, Grades 5-12 (66-67)
This program provides the background required by State of Minnesota science-content and science education licensure standards for science teachers in grades 5-8 and earth and space science teachers grades 9-12. Students interested in teaching earth and space science are advised to complete both the 5-8 science and 9-12 earth and space science concentrations. Students must also meet admission requirements for School of Education and complete the professional secondary education sequence (CEEP 262, 361; ED 300, 421, 431, 466; ENGL/ED 460; HLTH 301; HURL 497; IM 422; SPED 203). Students considering this major should contact a science education advisor in the Department of Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences at the earliest opportunity. A list of Liberal Education courses most compatible with completing the degree in a timely manner is available through the Department.
Bachelor of Science - Earth and Space Science Education, Grades 9-12 (61-62)
This program provides the background required by State of Minnesota science-content and science education licensure standards for earth and space science teachers in grades 9-12. Students must also meet admission requirements for School of Education and complete the professional secondary education sequence (CEEP 262, 361; ED 300, 421, 431, 466; ENGL/ED 460; HLTH 301; HURL 497; IM 422; SPED 203). Students considering this major should contact a science education advisor in the Department of Atmospheric and Hydrologic Sciences at the earliest opportunity. A list of Liberal Education courses most compatible with completing the degree in a timely manner is available through the Department.