Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Science

The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree programs are broadly based, classical liberal arts degrees that offer considerable flexibility to students interested in the earth sciences but who do not necessarily want to work in the petroleum or related industries. The degree programs offer an excellent background in the sciences and in technology while still preserving the flexibility and strength of a liberal arts education. The B.A. programs offer the technical background needed to compete effectively in a changing job market in a range of career paths. If free electives are selected carefully, this major can provide the background necessary for entry into graduate-level studies in law, geology, environmental science, and environmental policy, meteorology, or business. Students are encouraged to select a minor in allied fields of study to enhance their educational experience.

Geosciences case in Keplinger Hall

Mineral Collection Adds Interest and Color

The family of Ed Siereveld donated his collection of minerals to the Geosciences Department.

The mineral collection currently being enjoyed by all visitors, students, faculty, and staff in the atrium on the main floor in Keplinger Hall was donated to the Geosciences Department by Arlene Siereveld of Wagoner, Oklahoma, to highlight the work of her late husband, Ed.

Ed was an electrical engineer, educator, and avid rock collector. His enjoyment of the vast collection extended to education. He would have classrooms of school children visit the basement of his home where the collection was always on display.

The specimens come from all over the world, sometimes with the same mineral represented from many different countries, such as the deep green Malachite minerals. There is beautiful blue Lapis Lazuli from Badakshan, Afghanistan and a lovely purple specimen called Charioite – found only in Russia. The collection also features many excellent specimens from the United States.

The collection was cataloged and photographed by Catherine Webster, currently the lab coordinator in the Geosciences Department. She also cleaned and filled the display cabinet with the specimens. There are many more pieces of interest and beauty that will be added to the case in the future.

All specimens are labeled with their name, location, and chemical formula. This information provides opportunities for students to learn more about the world around them. Ed Siereveld would be pleased with the attention his collection receives on a daily basis.

Many geology courses require field trips, and a nominal fee over and above tuition will be assessed to cover field trip expenses. Students seeking secondary teacher certification in earth sciences must also complete requirements for a second major in education (see Undergraduate Bulletin). In addition, teacher certification requires proficiency in a second language at the novice level (see Undergraduate Bulletin). Both the B.S. and the B.A. track have options for undergraduate research for students wishing to participate in mentored research opportunities and for geoscience internships for students wishing to gain practical experience in the industrial applications of the geosciences.

Course Requirements

Courses Credits
Geoscience Courses 35 hours
Mathematical Sciences 6 hours
Basic Sciences 15 hours
Social Sciences 6 hours
General Electives 18 hours
Humanities, Social Sciences and English 24 hours
Language 14 hours
Cultural Diversity 6 hours
TOTAL 124 hours

Please note that students are required to follow the course balance sheet on which they enrolled. This may vary from the information reflected on this site. Students should contact the College of Engineering & Natural Sciences Advising Office for a copy of their active balance sheets.