Undergraduate Programs

Chair: Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang 
Faculty: Casey, Cetin, El Masri, Hong, Ortmann, Stinchcomb, Venter, Zhang, Benson, Busby

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences Tracks

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Environmental Science

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences CIP 40.0601

The Environmental Science Track emphasizes all-inclusive understanding of environmental issues occurring at the local, national, and global level. Developing original solutions to these problems requires making connections across many fields, including Geology, Chemistry, Geography, and Biology.
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (52 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 320 Human Ecology
BIO 103 Saving Planet Earth
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
EES 100T Transitions
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 110 World Geography
EES 125 Weather and Climate
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 210 Hydrology
EES 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
EES 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences

Required Limited Electives (6 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
BIO 101 Biological Concepts
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
ECO 345 Environmental Economics
EES 200 Introduction to Oceanography
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 314 Sediments and Soils
EES 426 Applied Meteorology
EES 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 536 Soils and Geomorphology
EES 542 Watershed Ecology
EES 562 Hydrogeology
EES 565 Biogeochemistry
EES 578 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling
EES 579 Remote Sensing of Vegetation
EES 591 Special Problems
EES 592 Special Problems
EES 593 Special Problems
ENG 371 Literature and the Environment
ENT 286 Introduction to Environmental Engineering Technology
PHI 376 Environmental Ethnics

Collateral requirement (7-8 hrs)
MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (11-17 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Michelle Casey
mcasey5@murraystate.edu
270-809-2408

Earth Science Secondary Certification (Grades 8-12)

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences CIP 40.0601

The Earth Science Secondary Certification Track is designed to prepare students who would like to be certified science teachers, particularly teaching in earth sciences.

Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (44 hrs) must include:

Scientific Inquiry, Methodologies, and Quantitative Skills
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 102 Earth through Time
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry

Global Awareness, Cultural Diversity and the World’s Artistic Traditions
EES 110 World Geography

University Studies Electives
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers

Note: Certification requires a grade of B or better in one English composition course and a B or better in a University Studies math course and public speaking. Additional requirements for admission to teacher education and student teaching must be met. See advisor and/or Office of Teacher Education Services for details.

Required Courses (33 hrs)
ARC 320 Human Ecology
AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
EES 100T Transitions
EES 125 Weather and Climate
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 339 Field Geology or EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

Required Limited Electives (12 hrs)
Select 300-level or above courses from the list of approved geology electives given under the Geology Track (pdf).

Note: The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) recommends a minimum of one course from each of the following three areas, with total of recommended supplemental science hours to include no fewer than 16 semester hours.

Biology
BIO 101 Biological Concepts
BIO 221 Zoology: Animal Form and Function
BIO 222 Botany: Plant Form and Function

Chemistry
CHE 101 Consumer Chemistry
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

Physics
PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion and PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
PHY 255 Electricity, Magnetism and Light and PHY 256 Electricity, Magnetism and Light Laboratory
Required for Secondary Certification (31 hrs)
EDU 180 Exploring the Teaching Profession
EDU 280 Educating for Human Development
EDU 380 Inclusive Teaching of Diverse Learners
EDU 480 Effective Pedagogy
SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools
SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
SEC 422 Extended Practicum
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)
Earth Science Teaching Specialization (30 hrs)

The teaching specialization in earth science is a path to secondary certification in earth science designed to accompany certification in another science content area (biology/chemistry/physics). All College of Education and Human Services secondary certification course requirements must be met.

Note: Even though this program exceeds Murray State University’s requirements for an earth science minor, in order for a earth science minor to appear on a transcript, a minor must be declared, and all residential and graduation requirements must be met.

Requirements for teacher certification are established by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board. Students are cautioned that changes in these requirements may occur. Therefore, for the most current information, students should check with an advisor in the College of Education and Human Services.

AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 102 Earth through Time
EES 125 Weather and Climate
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 339 Field Geology or EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Sung-ho Hong
shong4@murraystate.edu
270-809-6319

Geology

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences CIP 40.0601

The Geology Track emphasizes the study of geology to solve environmental problems, such as knowledge and skills to understand earth surface processes and to manage geological and hydrogeological resources such as fossil fuels, minerals, water and land.
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (46 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 320 Human Ecology
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry
EES 100T Transitions
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 102 Earth through Time
EES 110 World Geography
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 210 Hydrology
EES 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
EES 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 314 Sediments and Soils
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 562 Hydrogeology

Required Limited Electives (12 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
ARC 300 Archaeology Method and Theory
ARC 302 Archaeological Field Work I
ARC 304 Archaeology Laboratory Methods
ARC 390 Geoarchaeology
BIO 101 Biological Concepts
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
CET 280 Plane Surveying
EES 200 Introduction to Oceanography
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
EES 306 Landscapes of the National Parks
EES 330 Economic Geography
EES 339 Field Geology
EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
EES 388 International Experience in the Geosciences
EES 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences
EES 433 Structural Geology
EES 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 512 Remote Sensing
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems
EES 522 Digital Cartography
EES 533 Paleoecology
EES 534 Invertebrate Paleontology
EES 536 Soils and Geomorphology
EES 542 Watershed Ecology
EES 591 Special Problems
EES 592 Special Problems
EES 593 Special Problems
PHY 130 General Physics I
PHY 131 General Physics I Laboratory

Collateral requirement (7-8 hrs)
MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (11-17 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Haluk Cetin
hcetin@murraystate.edu
270-809-2085

Archaeology

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences CIP 40.0601

The archaeology track focuses on the study of human culture through the analysis of material remains. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of human cultures, the theoretical approaches to the study of culture, the relationship between humans and the natural environment, and the methods that archaeologists use to reconstruct the past to better understand our cultural heritage.
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs) recommended selection:

Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
ANT 140 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Required Courses (44 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 300 Archaeological Method and Theory
ARC 304 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
ARC 320 Human Ecology
ARC 330 North American Archaeology
ARC 390 Geoarchaeology
EES 100T Transitions
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 110 World Geography
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology

Five credit hours chosen from the following:
ARC 302 Archaeological Field Work I
ARC 402 Archaeological Field Work II
ARC 510 Advanced Archaeological Field Work

Required Limited Electives (14 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
ANT 311 Anthropology of Complex Societies
ANT 325 Biological Anthropology
ANT 329 North American Indians
ARC 314 Sediments and Soils
ARC 315 Special Topics in Archaeology
ARC 321 Ancient Civilizations
ARC 335 Forensic Archaeology
ARC 340 Archaeology of Africa
ARC 350 Public Archaeology
ARC 355 Pottery and People
ARC 357 Lithic Analyses
ARC 360 Historical Archaeology
ARC 370 Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands
ARC 385 Archaeology of Eastern Asia
ARC 389 Archaeology and Political Ecology of Empires
ARC 395 Archaeology of Religion
ARC 402 Archaeological Field Work II
ARC 425 Advanced Archaeological Laboratory Methods
ARC 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
ARC 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
ARC 500 Directed Studies
ARC 510 Advanced Archaeological Field Work
ARC 556 Geophysical Surveying
CET 280 Plane Surveying
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
EES 306 Landscapes of the National Parks
EES 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
EES 388 International Experience in the Geosciences
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems

Collateral requirement (7-8 hrs)
MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (11-17 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270-809-6755

Geography and GIS

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences CIP 40.0601

The Geography and GIS Track provides students with up-to-date training in the field of geography and geospatial information science and technology, and prepares students for further graduate studies or careers in a fast growing field with broad and multidisciplinary applications of GIS that has penetrated every aspect of our daily lives.
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (44 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 320 Human Ecology
EES 100T Transitions
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 110 World Geography
EES 125 Weather and Climate
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
EES 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 330 Economic Geography
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 512 Remote Sensing
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems

Required Limited Electives (14 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
EES 210 Hydrology
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 306 Landscapes of the National Park
EES 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
EES 314 Sediments and Soils
EES 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
EES 390 Geoarchaeology
EES 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences
EES 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
EES 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 522 Digital Cartography
EES 562 Hydrogeology
EES 578 Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling
EES 579 Remote Sensing of Vegetation
EES 591 Special Problems
EES 592 Special Problems
EES 593 Special Problems

Collateral requirement (7-8 hrs)
MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (11-17 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270-809-6760

Minors

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Anthropology

Curriculum
Required Courses (9 hrs)
ANT 140 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANT 325 Biological Anthropology
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology

Electives (12 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
ANT 300-level or above
ARC 321 Ancient Civilizations
ARC 325 Hunter-Gatherer Ethnoarchaeology
ARC 330 North American Archaeology
ARC 335 Forensic Archaeology
ARC 340 Archaeology of Africa
ARC 385 Archaeology of Eastern Asia
ARC 389 Archaeology and Political Ecology of Empires
ARC 395 Archaeology of Religion

May substitute up to six hours selected from the following as approved by advisor:
HIS 309 Survey of World Religions
HIS 316 Women and Gender in World History
HIS 354 Ancient Near East
HIS 370 History of Africa
HIS 451 Slavery and Africa
SOC 300 Social Theory 
SOC 325 Sociology of Food
SOC 337 Social Inequality
SOC 465 Globalization

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270-809-6755

Archaeology

Curriculum
Required Courses (15 hrs)
ARC 150  Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 300  Archaeological Method and Theory
ARC 302 Archaeological Field Work I
ARC 304 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
ARC 350 Public Archaeology
Electives (6 hrs)
ARC 300-level or above
Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270-809-6755

Earth Science

Curriculum

Required Courses (15 hrs)
EES 101  The Earth and the Environment
EES 102  Earth Through Time
EES 125  Weather and Climate
EES 339  Field Geology
EES 350  Field Techniques in Geosciences

Electives (6 hrs)
Six hours must be 300-level or above courses:

AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116  Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
EES 210  Hydrology
EES 303 Introduction to Water Science
EES 310  Rock and Mineral Resources
EES 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 336 Principles of Geomorphology
EES 591 Special Problems
EES 592 Special Problems
EES 593 Special Problems

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Sung-ho Hong
shong4@murraystate.edu
270-809-6319

Environmental Geology

Curriculum
Required Courses (12 hrs)
EES 101 The Earth and the Environment
EES 102  Earth Through Time
EES 202  Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Electives (9 hrs)
Chosen with the advice and consent of the advisor of the Geology Track.
Six hours must be 300-level or above courses.
Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Haluk Cetin
hcetin@murraystate.edu
270-809-2085

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Curriculum
Required Courses (14 hrs)
EES 110  World Geography
EES 125 Weather and Climate
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
Electives (7 hrs)
Selected from the following:
EES 312  Introduction to Remote Sensing
EES 350  Field Techniques in Geosciences
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 512 Remote Sensing
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems
EES 522 Digital Cartography
EES 591 Special Problems
EES 592 Special Problems
EES 593 Special Problems
Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hrs)

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270-809-6760

Social Science

Open only to majors in economics, geosciences, history, or political science who seek secondary certification in social studies.

Curriculum
Required Courses (18 hrs)
ECO 231 Principles of Microeconomics
EES 110 World Geography
HIS 221 American Experience to 1865
HIS 222 American Experience Since 1865
POL 140 American National Government
SOC 133 Introduction to Sociology
Electives (6 hrs)
300-level or above courses from the social science disciplines with approval of advisor
Total Curriculum Requirements (24 hrs)
Requirements for certification for teaching secondary school social studies (Grades 8-12) through the College of Education must also be met.

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270-809-6760

Certificate

The certificate in GIScience program is designed to provide students fundamental knowledge of geographic information science necessary for today’s diverse array of fields and disciplines. The certification program will provide students experience in data collection, data management methods and techniques, data visualization, data analysis and interpretation, and the principles and techniques to remote sensing. Students will gain experience using industry standard hardware and software to develop a variety of projects and explore several GIScience applications.

How to Receive Certificate upon Completion

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Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Certificate in Geographic Information Science  CIP 45.0702

Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum
Required Courses (12 hrs)
EES 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
EES 512 Remote Sensing
EES 521 Geographic Information Systems

Electives (3 hrs)
One elective course from the following:
AGR 471 Applications in Precision Agriculture
BIO 240 Biological Applications of GIS
CIS 307 Decision Support Technologies
CIS 317 Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design
CSC 145 Introduction to Programming
CSC 232 Visual Basic Programming
CSC 310 Data Administration
CSC 345 Data Structures
EES 305 Introduction to Cartography
EES 507 Land Use Planning
EES 522 Digital Cartography
EES 570 Computer Applications in Geosciences
MKT 585 Integrated Business GIS

Total Curriculum Requirements (15 hrs)
A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses.

Interested students should contact:
Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270-809-6760