Undergraduate Programs

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

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences Tracks

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Earth Science

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences CIP 40.0601

The Earth Science Track emphasizes trans-disciplinary study of the earth, including astronomy, meteorology, geology, hydrology, biology, chemistry and physics. Students chose earth science to gain a broad understanding of different aspects of earth systems.

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Guide (pdf)
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (46 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
GSC 100T Transitions
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
GSC 110 World Geography
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 339 Field Geology or GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
Required Limited Electives (9-10 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
BIO 101 Biological Concepts
BIO 112 Field Biology
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry
CHE 201 General College Chemistry
GSC 210 Hydrology
GSC 306 Landscapes of the National Parks
GSC 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
GSC 314 Sediments and Soils
GSC 330 Economic Geography
GSC 390 Geoarchaeology
GSC 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences
GSC 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
GSC 507 Land Use Planning
GSC 512 Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
GSC 522 Digital Cartography
GSC 562 Hydrogeology
GSC 591 Special Problems
GSC 592 Special Problems
GSC 593 Special Problems
PHY 235 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion
PHY 236 Mechanics, Heat and Wave Motion Laboratory
Collateral requirement (8 hrs)
MAT 150 or above
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (13-19 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

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

Earth Science Secondary Certification (Grades 8-12)

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences 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
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
MAT 150 Algebra and Trigonometry

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

Social and Self-Awareness and Responsible Citizenship
EDP 260 Psychology of Human Development

University Studies Electives
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers
EDU 103 Issues and Practices of American Education

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, public speaking, and EDU 103 or equivalent course. 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 (32 hrs)
AST 115 Introductory Astronomy
AST 116 Introductory Astronomy Laboratory
GSC 100T Transitions
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 339 Field Geology or GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

Required Limited Electives (11 hrs)
Select 300-level or above courses from the list of approved geology electives given under the Environmental 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 112 Field Biology
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 (33 hrs)
EDU 303 Strategies of Teaching
EDU 403 Structures and Foundations of Education
EDU 405 Evaluation and Measurement in Education
REA 427 Teaching Content Area Literacy in the Secondary School
SEC 420 Practicum in Secondary Schools
SEC 421 Student Teaching in the Secondary School
SEC 422 Extended Practicum
SED 300 Educating Students with Disabilities
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
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 339 Field Geology or GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences

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

Environmental Geology

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences CIP 40.0601

The Environmental 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.

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Guide (pdf)
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (45 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
GSC 100T Transitions
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102 Earth through Time
GSC 110 World Geography
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 210 Hydrology
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 314 Sediments and Soils
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 562 Hydrogeology
Required Limited Electives (9-10 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
CET 280 Plane Surveying
GSC 200 Introduction to Oceanography
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 306 Landscapes of the National Parks
GSC 330 Economic Geography
GSC 339 Field Geology
GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
GSC 388 International Experience in the Geosciences
GSC 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences
GSC 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
GSC 507 Land Use Planning
GSC 512 Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
GSC 522 Digital Cartography
GSC 534 Invertebrate Paleontology
GSC 542 Watershed Ecology
GSC 591 Special Problems
GSC 592 Special Problems
GSC 593 Special Problems
Collateral requirement (8 hrs)
MAT 150 or above
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (13-19 hrs)
CHE 105 Introductory Chemistry or CHE 201 General College Chemistry
CHE 202 General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis
CSC 101 Introduction to Problem Solving Using Computers (or other computer science course) or PHY 130 General Physics I
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

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

Geoarchaeology

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences CIP 40.0601

The Geoarchaeology Track emphasizes the relationship between human culture and the natural environment and provides opportunities to apply the principles and methods of geoscience research in an archaeological context.

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Guide (pdf)
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 (43 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
ARC 300 Archaeological Method and Theory
ARC 304 Archaeological Laboratory Methods
ARC 330 North American Archaeology
ARC 390 Geoarchaeology
GSC 100T Transitions
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 110 World Geography
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 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 (10-11 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 320 Human Ecology
ARC 321 Ancient Civilizations
ARC 335 Forensic Archaeology
ARC 340 Archaeology of Africa
ARC 350 Public Archaeology
ARC 357 Lithic Analyses
ARC 360 Historical Archaeology
ARC 370 Archaeology of the Eastern Woodlands
ARC 385 Archaeology of Eastern Asia
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
CET 280 Plane Surveying
GSC 306 Landscapes of the National Parks
GSC 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
GSC 388 International Experience in the Geosciences
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
Collateral requirement (8 hrs)
MAT 150 or above
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (15-21 hrs)
Total Curriculum Requirements (120 hrs)

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

Geographic Information Science (GIS)

Bachelor of Science in Geosciences CIP 40.0601

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

Sample 4-Year Curriculum Guide (pdf)
Curriculum (pdf)

Curriculum

University Studies Requirements (38-43 hrs)

Required Courses (43 hrs)
ARC 150 Introduction to Archaeology
GSC 100T Transitions
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 110 World Geography
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
GSC 301 Understanding Scientific Communication
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 330 Economic Geography
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 512 Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
Required Limited Electives (10-11 hrs)
Choose from the following approved electives:
GSC 210 Hydrology
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 306 Landscapes of the National Park
GSC 310 Rock and Mineral Resources
GSC 314 Sediments and Soils
GSC 350 Field Techniques in Geosciences
GSC 390 Geoarchaeology
GSC 424 Conservation and Environmental Geosciences
GSC 488 Cooperative Education/Internship
GSC 489 Cooperative Education/Internship
GSC 507 Land Use Planning
GSC 522 Digital Cartography
GSC 562 Hydrogeology
GSC 591 Special Problems
GSC 592 Special Problems
GSC 593 Special Problems
Collateral requirement (8 hrs)
MAT 150 or above
CSC 101 or CSC 199
Unrestricted Electives (15-21 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)
May Include:
ANT 300-level or above
ARC 325  Hunter-Gatherer Ethnoarchaeology
ARC 330  North American Archaeology
ARC 340 Archaeology of Africa
ARC 385 Archaeology of Eastern Asia

May substitute up to six hours selected from the following as approved by advisor:
HIS 309 Survey of World Religions
HIS 354  Ancient Near East
HIS 370 History of Africa
HIS 451 Slavery and Africa
SOC 337  Social Inequality
SOC 434  Social Theory
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)
GSC 101  The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102  Earth Through Time
GSC 125  Weather and Climate
GSC 339  Field Geology
GSC 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
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GSC 210  Hydrology
GSC 303 Introduction to Water Science
GSC 310  Rock and Mineral Resources
GSC 312 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 336 Principles of Geomorphology
GSC 591 Special Problems
GSC 592 Special Problems
GSC 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)
GSC 101 The Earth and the Environment
GSC 102  Earth Through Time
GSC 202  Introduction to Geographic Information Science
Electives (9 hrs)
Chosen with the advice and consent of the advisor of Environmental Geology

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)
GSC 110  World Geography
GSC 125 Weather and Climate
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
Electives (7 hrs)
Selected from the following:
GSC 312  Introduction to Remote Sensing
GSC 350  Field Techniques in Geosciences
GSC 507 Land Use Planning
GSC 512 Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
GSC 522 Digital Cartography
GSC 591 Special Problems
GSC 592 Special Problems
GSC 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
GSC 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)
GSC 202 Introduction to Geographic Information Science
GSC 512 Remote Sensing
GSC 521 Geographic Information Systems
Electives (3 hrs)
One elective course from the following:
AGR 471 Applications in Precision Agriculture
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
GSC 305 Introduction to Cartography
GSC 507 Land Use Planning
GSC 522 Digital Cartography
GSC 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