Undergraduate Programs

Our programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences emphasize a deep understanding of regional, national and global environmental issues.

We offer five unique tracks, six minors and a GIS certificate option to help you explore your areas of interest while gaining hands-on experience in your field.

Bachelor of Science in Earth and Environmental Sciences Tracks

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Archeology

Our archaeology program focuses on the study of human culture through the analysis of material remains. We emphasize the diversity of human cultures. We study the relationship between humans and the natural environment. And we explore the methods archaeologists use to reconstruct the past in order to understand our cultural heritage.

Curriculum Requirements

Hours
Total requirements 120

University Studies requirement

Social and Self-Awareness and Responsibility Citizenship

3

ANT 140: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

Required Courses

44 Hours

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

ARC 300: Archaeological Method and Theory

3

ARC 304: Archaeological Laboratory Methods

1

ARC 320: Human Ecology

3

ARC 330: North American Archaeology

3

ARC 390: Geoarchaeology

3

EES 100T: Transitions

1

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 110: World Geography

3

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

4

EES 301: Understanding Scientific Communication

3

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

4

Five Credit Hours from the Following:

5 Hours

ARC 302: Archaeological Field Work I

1 to 6

ARC 402: Archaeological Field Work II

1 to 5

ARC 510: Advanced Archaeological Field Work

1 to 5

Required Limited Electives

Choose from the following approved electives:

14 Hours

ANT 311: Anthropology of Complex Societies

3

ANT 325: Biological Anthropology

3

ANT 329: North American Indians

3

ARC 314: Sediments and Soils

4

ARC 315: Special Topics in Archaeology

1-3

ARC 321: Ancient Civilizations

3

ARC 335: Forensic Archaeology

3

ARC 340: Archaeology of Africa

3

ARC 345: Archaeology of Ancient Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean

3

ARC 350: Public Archaeology

3

ARC 355: Pottery and People

3

ARC 357: Lithic Analysis

4

ARC 360: Historical Archaeology

3

ARC 370: Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands

3

ARC 385: Archaeology of Eastern Asia

3

ARC 389: Archaeology and Political Ecology of Empires

3

ARC 395: Archaeology of Religion

3

ARC 402: Archaeological Field Work II

1–5

ARC 425: Advanced Archaeological Laboratory Methods

3

ARC 488: Cooperative Education/Internship

1–3

ARC 489: Cooperative Education/Internship

1–3

ARC 500: Directed Studies

1–3

ARC 510: Advanced Archaeological Field Work

1–5

ARC 556: Geophysical Surveying

3

CET 280: Plane Surveying

3

EES 305: Introduction to Cartography

3

EES 306: Landscapes of the National Parks

3

EES 310: Rock and Mineral Resources

3

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

EES 388: International Experience in the Geosciences

3

EES 521: Geographic Information Systems

4

Collateral Requirements (7–8 hours)

Hours

MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)

4 or 5

CSC 101 or CSC 199

3

Unrestricted Electives

11–17 hours

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270.809.6755

Earth science secondary certification (grades 8–12)

Educators are our future. With a secondary certification in earth science, you’ll graduate prepared to lead your own classroom. Teach earth and environmental sciences, geology, physical science and more.

Curriculum Requirements

Hours

Total Curriculum 120

University Studies Requirements

44 Hours

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

EES 102: Earth through Time

MAT 150: Algebra and Trigonometry

EES 110: World Geography

 3

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

 3

CSC 101: Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers

 3

Required Courses

33 Hours

ARC 320: Human Ecology

 3

AST 115: Introductory Astronomy

 3

AST 116: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory

EES 100T: Transitions

1

EES 125: Weather and Climate

4

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

EES 301: Understanding Scientific Communication

3

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

EES 339: Field Geography OR

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

Required Limited Electives

Select 300-level or above courses from the list of approved electives 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 (biology, chemistry and physics) with a total of recommended supplemental science hours to include no fewer than 16 hours.

12 Hours

BIO 101: Biological Concepts

BIO 221: Zoology: Animal Form and Function

BIO 222: Botany: Plant Form and Function

CHE 101: Consumer Chemistry

CHE 105: Introductory Chemistry

CHE 201: General College Chemistry

CHE 202: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

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 Hours

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

7–14 

SEC 422: Extended Practicum

A teaching specialization in earth science is also available to accompany certification in another science content area (i.e., biology, chemistry or physics). All secondary certification course requirements of the College of Education and Human Services must be met.

Note: Even though this program exceeds Murray State’s requirements for an earth science minor, in order for a minor in earth science to appear on a transcript, the student must declare it as a minor and meet all residential and graduation requirements.

Required Course

30 Hours

AST 115: Introductory Astronomy

AST 116: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory

1

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 102: Earth through Time

EES 125: Weather and Climate

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

3

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

EES 339: Field Geology OR

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

Interested students should contact for more information:

 

Dr. Sung-ho Hong
shong4@murraystate.edu
270.809.6319

Environmental science

Take courses in a variety of fields to make environmental connections. You’ll learn how the life and physical sciences help us understand the root causes of environmental issues at local, national and global levels.

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hours)

 

Required Courses (52 total hours)

Hours

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

ARC 320: Human Ecology

3

BIO 103: Saving Planet Earth

3

CHE 105: Introductory Chemistry

4

ECO 231: Principles of Microeconomics

3

EES 100T: Transitions

1

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 110: World Geography

3

EES 125: Weather and Climate

4

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

4

EES 210: Hydrology

3

EES 301: Understanding Scientific Communication

3

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

4

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

EES 424: Conservation and Environmental Geosciences

3

Required Limited Electives (6 total hours)

Choose from the following approved electives:

Hours

BIO 101: Biological Concepts

4

CHE 201: General College Chemistry

5

ECO 345: Environmental Economics

3

EES 200: Introduction to Oceanography

3

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

3

EES 314: Sediments and Soils

4

EES 426: Applied Meteorology

4

EES 489: Cooperative Education / Internship

1–3

EES 507: Land Use Planning

3

EES 536: Soils and Geomorphology

3

EES 542: Watershed Ecology

3

EES 562: Hydrogeology

3

EES 565: Biogeochemistry

3

EES 578: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 579: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

3

EES 591: Special Problems

1

EES 592: Special Problems

2

EES 593: Special Problems

3

ENG 371: Literature and the Environment

3

ENT 286: Introduction to Environmental Engineering Technology

3

PHI 376: Environmental Ethics

3

Collateral Requirements (7–8 hours)

Hours

MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)

4 or 5

CSC 101 or CSC 199

3

Unrestricted Electives (11–17 hours)

 

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Michelle Casey
mcaey5@murraystate.edu
270.809.2408

Geography and GIS

Where and how will 10 billion people live? How are we changing the physical environment of the Earth? How might we observe, analyze and visualize a changing world? Geography matters more than ever. You’ll have plenty of time in the computer lab for hands-on learning. Plus, with faculty-sponsored research and internship opportunities, you’ll graduate prepared to enter one of the “high-growth” industries identified by the U.S. Department of Labor and to make a difference in Earth’s environmental future.

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hours)

 

Required Courses (44 total hours)

Hours

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

ARC 320: Human Ecology

3

EES 100T: Transitions

1

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 110: World Geography

3

EES 125: Weather and Climate

4

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

4

EES 301: Understanding Scientific Communication

3

EES 305: Introduction to Cartography

3

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 330: Economic Geography

3

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

4

EES 512: Remote Sensing

4

EES 521: Geographic Information Systems

4

Required Limited Electives (14 total hours)

Choose from the following approved electives:

Hours

EES 210: Hydrology

3

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

3

EES 306: Landscapes of the National Parks

3

EES 310: Rock and Mineral Resources

3

EES 314: Sediments and Soils

4

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

EES 390: Geoarchaeology

3

EES 424: Conservation and Environmental Geosciences

3

EES 488: Cooperative Education/Internship

1–3

EES 489: Cooperative Education/Internship

1–3

EES 507: Land Use Planning

3

EES 522: Advanced Cartography

3

EES 562: Hydrogeology

3

EES 578: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 579: Remote Sensing of Vegetation

3

EES 591: Special Problems

1

EES 592: Special Problems

2

EES 593: Special Problems

3

Collateral Requirements (7–8 hours)

Hours

MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)

4 or 5

CSC 101 or CSC 199

3

Unrestricted Electives (11–17 hours)

 

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270.809.6760

Geology

Use your knowledge and skills to understand earth surface processes. By studying geology at Murray State, you’ll learn to understand and solve environmental problems and make a difference in our planet’s future.

Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hours)

 

Required Courses (46 total hours)

Hours

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

ARC 320: Human Ecology

3

CHE 105: Introductory Chemistry

4

EES 100T: Transitions

1

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 102: Earth through Time

4

EES 110: World Geography

3

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences

4

EES 210: Hydrology

3

EES 301: Understanding Scientific Communication

3

EES 310: Rock and Mineral Resources

3

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 314: Sediments and Soils

4

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

4

EES 562: Hydrogeology

3

Required Limited Electives (12 total hours)

Choose from the following approved electives:

Hours

ARC 300: Archaeology Method and Theory

3

ARC 302: Archaeological Field Work I

1–6

ARC 304: Archeology Laboratory Methods

1

ARC 390: Geoarchaeology

3

BIO 101: Biological Concepts

4

CHE 201: General College Chemistry

5

CHE 202: General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

4

CET 280: Plane Surveying

3

EES 200: Introduction to Oceanography

3

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

3

EES 305: Introduction to Cartography

3

EES 306: Landscapes of the National Parks

3

EES 330: Economic Geography

3

EES 339: Field Geology

3

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

EES 338: International Experience in the Geosciences

3

EES 424: Conservation and Environmental Geosciences

3

EES 433: Structural Geology

3

EES 489: Cooperative Education / Internship

1–3

EES 507: Land Use Planning

3

EES 512: Remote Sensing

4

EES 521: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 522: Advanced Cartography

3

EES 533: Paleoecology

3

EES 534: Invertebrate Paleontology

4

EES 536: Soils and Geomorphology

3

EES 542: Watershed Ecology

3

EES 587: Terrestrial Ecosystem Modeling

3

EES 579: Remote Sensing Vegetation

3

EES 591: Special Problems

1

EES 592: Special Problems

2

EES 593: Special Problems

3

PHY 130: General Physics I

3

PHY 131: General Physics I Laboratory

1

Collateral Requirements (7–8 hours)

Hours

MAT 150 (or above) or STA 135 (or above)

4 or 5

CSC 101 or CSC 199

3

Unrestricted Electives (11–17 hours)

 

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Haluk Cetin
hcetin@murraystate.edu
270.809.2085

Minors

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Anthropology

Are you interested in studying humankind in all times and places? Our anthropology minor is a great place to start. This minor focuses on the study of human cultural diversity and the relationships between culture, the environment and human biological evolution.  

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

 

Required Courses (9 total hours)

Hours

ANT 140: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ANT 325: Biological Anthropology

3

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

Electives (12 total hours)

Choose from the following approved electives:

Hours

ANT 300-level or above

Up to 12

ARC 321: Ancient Civilizations

3

ARC 325: Hunter-Gatherer Ethnoarchaeology

3

ARC 330: North American Archaeology

3

ARC 335: Forensic Archaeology

3

ARC 340: Archaeology of Africa

3

ARC 385: Archaeology of Eastern Asia

3

ARC 389: Archaeology and Political Ecology of Empires

3

ARC 395: Archaeology of Religion

3

Elective Substitutions

You may substitute up to six hours selected from the following as approved by an advisor:

Hours

HIS 309: Survey of World Religions

3

HIS 316: Women and Gender in World History

3

HIS 354: Ancient Near East

3

HIS 370: History of Africa

3

HIS 451: Africa, Slavery and the Diaspora

3

SOC 300: Social Theory

3

SOC 325: Sociology of Food

3

SOC 337: Social Inequality

3

SOC 465: Globalization

3

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270.809.6755

Archaeology

Our archaeology minor focuses on the study of human culture through the analysis of material remains. We place an emphasis on the diversity of human cultures and use theoretical approaches to the study of culture, the relationship between humans and the natural environment and the methods archaeologists use to reconstruct the past to understand our cultural heritage.

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

 

Required Courses (15 total hours)

Hours

ARC 150: Introduction to Archaeology

3

ARC 300: Archaeological Method and Theory

3

ARC 302: Archaeological Field Work I

1–6

ARC 304: Archaeological Laboratory Methods

1

ARC 350: Public Archaeology

3

Electives (6 total hours)

Six hours must be 300-level or above courses.

Hours

ARC 300-level or above

6

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Anthony Ortmann
aortmann@murraystate.edu
270.809.6755

Earth science

Study earth systems through scientific inquiry, including the building blocks and history of earth, weather and climate, hydrology and water science, earth surface processes and geospatial technologies.

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

 

Required Courses (15 total hours)

Hours

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 102: Earth Through Time

4

EES 125: Weather and Climate

4

EES 339: Field Geology or
EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

Electives (6 total hours)

Six hours must be 300-level or above courses.

Hours

AST 115: Introductory Astronomy

3

AST 116: Introductory Astronomy Laboratory

1

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

4

EES 210: Hydrology

3

EES 303: Introduction to Water Science

3

EES 310: Rock and Mineral Resources

3

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 336: Principles of Geomorphology

4

EES 591: Special Problems

1

EES 592: Special Problems

2

EES 593: Special Problems

3

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Haluk Cetin
hcetin@murraystate.edu
270.809.2085

Environmental geology

There are several areas of study when it comes to earth science: astronomy, geology, hydrology, physics and so much more. By pursuing this minor, you’ll gain a broad understanding of different aspects of earth systems and become an environmental game changer.

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

 

Required Courses (14 total hours)

Hours

EES 101: The Earth and the Environment

4

EES 102: Earth Through Time

4

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

4

Electives (9 total hours)

Six hours must be 300-level or above courses. Chosen with the advice and consent of student’s advisor.

Hours

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Haluk Cetin
hcetin@murraystate.edu
270.809.2085

Geographic information science (GIS)

Where and how will 10 billion people live? How are we changing the physical environment of the Earth? How might we observe, analyze and visualize a changing world? Geography matters more than ever. You’ll have plenty of time in the computer lab for hands-on learning. Plus, with faculty-sponsored research and internship opportunities, you’ll graduate prepared to enter one of the “high-growth” industries identified by the U.S. Department of Labor and to make a difference in Earth’s environmental future.

Total Curriculum Requirements (21 hours)

 

Required Courses (14 total hours)

Hours

EES 110: World Geography

3

EES 125: Weather and Climate

4

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

4

EES 305: Introduction to Cartography

3

Electives (7 total hours)

Select from the following:

Hours

EES 312: Introduction to Remote Sensing

4

EES 350: Field Techniques in Geosciences

3

EES 507: Land Use Planning

3

EES 512: Remote Sensing

4

EES 521: Geographic Information Systems

4

EES 522: Advanced Cartography

3

EES 591: Special Problems

1

EES 592: Special Problems

2

EES 593: Special Problems

3

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270.809.6760

Social science

Educators are our future. With a social science minor from Murray State, you’ll graduate prepared to lead your own classroom with training in either earth and environmental sciences, history, economics or political science.

Total Curriculum Requirements (24 hours)

Requirements for certification for teaching secondary school social studies (grades 8-12) through the College of Education and Human Services must also be met.

 

Required Courses 

18 Hours

ECO 231: Principles of Microeconomics

3

EES 110: World Geography

3

HIS 221: American Experience to 1865

3

HIS 222: American Experience Since 1865

3

POL 140: American National Government

3

SOC 133: Introduction to Sociology

3

Electives (6 total hours)

Six hours must be 300-level or above courses. Chosen with the advice and consent of student’s advisor.

Hours

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270.809.6760

Certification

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GIS certificate (undergraduate)

The certificate in GIScience program is designed to provide fundamental knowledge of geographic information science (GIS) necessary for today’s diverse array of fields and disciplines. You’ll gain experience in data collection, data management methods and techniques, data visualization, data analysis and interpretation and the principles and techniques behind remote sensing. Plus, you’ll find hands-on experience using industry standard tools to develop a variety of projects and explore GIScience applications.

Learn how to receive certificate upon completing requirements by reading this PDF.

Total Curriculum Requirements (15 hours)

A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses.

 

Required Courses (12 total hours)

Hours

EES 202: Introduction to Geographic Information Science

4

EES 512: Remote Sensing

4

EES 521: Geographic Information Systems

4

Electives (3 total hours)

Choose one from the following approved electives:

Hours

AGR 471: Applications in Precision Agriculture

3

BIO 240: Biological Applications of GIS

4

CIS 307: Decision Support Technologies

3

CIS 317: Principles of Information Systems Analysis and Design

3

CSC 145: Introduction to Programming

3

CSC 232: Introduction to Programming in C

3

CSC 310: Database Administration

3

CSC 345: Data Structures

3

EES 305: Introduction to Cartography

3

EES 507: Land Use Planning

3

EES 522: Advanced Cartography

3

EES 570: Computer Applications in Geosciences

3

MKT 585: Integrated Business GIS

3

Interested students should contact for more information:

Dr. Qiaofeng (Robin) Zhang
qzhang@murraystate.edu
270.809.6760