Mar 01, 2021  
Mansfield University 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Geosciences, Bachelor of Science

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Offered by the Department of Geosciences
Professor Dodson
Associate Professor Demchak (chairperson)
Assistant Professors Kennedy, Kopf, Shears, Stocks
Instructors Dillon, Guignard, Dom

Geosciences is a broad academic discipline that integrates many of the physical sciences – Geography, Geology and Watershed Management, in particular.  It studies the nature of, and relationships between, the natural aspects of our world.  Topics such as current environmental issues, geology, climate and climate change, water quality and availability, landforms, geographic information systems (GIS), and planning are all studied by geoscientists.

Geoscience majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree with optional concentrations in Environmental Science, Watershed Management, Geology and Mapping Technology.  Because all of these concentrations have a common core, a student can easily change from one concentration to another or combine portions of then to tailor a program to their individual needs.  Graduates from these programs pursue careers in government, industry, and NGO’s or continue their education by entering graduate school.  Minors in Geography, Geology, Watershed Management, Mapping Technology, Natural Gas Production and Services, and Outdoor Recreation Leadership are also available and can provide important knowledge and skills to students majoring in related fields.

Program Objectives:

The Mansfield BS Program in Geosciences will prepare students for:

  • Professional careers in government, industry and NGO’s
  • Entrance to graduate school

Program Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will properly use field equipment such as flow meters, water quality test kits, pH meters and soil color charts.
  2. Students will perform a watershed assessment and develop a watershed protection or restoration plan.
  3. Students will produce and interpret maps, images, charts and other graphic data
  4. Students will explain the dynamics of and interactions between the four basic components of the Earth’s physical system:  atmosphere, lithosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere
  5. Students will explain how human actions impact the environment on local, regional and global scales
  6. Students will develop, investigate and present a research problem

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