Geoscience Major, Environmental Science/Geoscience Concentration (B.S.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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A minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 semester hours may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, see General Education Requirements).

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE/GEOSCIENCE CONC

Complete 79 semester hours including the following 5 requirement(s):

  1. GEOSCIENCE REQUIRED COURSES

    Complete the following 2 requirements:

    1. Complete the following 7 courses for 27 semester hours:

    2. Complete for 6 semester hours

  2. MATHEMATICS COLLATERAL

    Complete one of the following sequences:

    1. Complete the following 2 courses:

      MATH 112 Precalculus Mathematics 3
      MATH 116 Calculus A 4
    2. Complete the following 2 courses:

      MATH 122 Calculus I 4
      MATH 221 Calculus II 4
  3. PHYSICS COLLATERAL

    Complete 1 of the following requirements:

    1. Complete the following 2 courses:

      PHYS 191 University Physics I 4
      PHYS 192 University Physics II 4
    2. Complete the following 2 courses:

      PHYS 193 College Physics I 4
      PHYS 194 College Physics II 4
  4. CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

    Complete the following 2 requirement(s):

    1. Complete the following 3 courses:

      BIOL 113 Principles of Biology II 4
      CHEM 230 Organic Chemistry I 3
      CHEM 232 Experimental Organic Chemistry I 2
    2. Complete the following 4 requirement(s):

      1. Complete 1 course from the following:

        BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology 4
        BIOL 254 Applied Microbiology 3
      2. Complete 2 courses from the following:

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        2. One of the following may be taken:

          CHEM 320 Environmental Chemical Analysis 3
      3. Complete 1 course from the following:

        BIOL 490 Senior Seminar in Biology 3
      4. Complete one course or a combination of research courses that total 3 semester hours-4 hours from the following:

        BIMS 220 Introduction to Marine Biology 4
        BIMS 422 Biology of Marine Plankton 2
        BIMS 426 Marine Energy Systems 2
        BIMS 431 Marine Invertebrate Zoology 4
        BIMS 433 Seashore Ornithology 2
        BIMS 438 Seashore Entomology 2
        BIMS 450 Marine Botany 4
        BIMS 455 Marsh and Dune Vegetation 2
        BIMS 460 Advanced Marine Biology 4
        BIOL 213 Introduction to Ecology 4
        BIOL 230 Cell and Molecular Biology 4
        BIOL 254 Applied Microbiology 3
        BIOL 256 Applied Environmental Microbiology 3
        BIOL 300 Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues 3
        BIOL 330 Introduction to Animal Behavior 3
        BIOL 370 Principles of Ecology 3
        BIOL 411 Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy 4
        BIOL 417 Evolutionary Biology 3
        BIOL 418 Biology Independent Research 1-4
        BIOL 420 Economic Botany 3
        BIOL 425 Elementary Plant Physiology 3
        BIOL 426 New Jersey Flora 4
        BIOL 430 Ornithology 4
        BIOL 431 Entomology 3
        BIOL 436 Phylogenetic Zoology 4
        BIOL 460 Biological Oceanography 3
        BIOL 461 Aquatic Ecology 3
        BIOL 467 Biology of the Fishes 4
        BIOL 484 Research Community I: Ecology 4
        BIOL 485 Research Community II: Ecology 4
        BIOL 486 Selected Topics in Biology 3-4
        CHEM 231 Organic Chemistry II 3
        CHEM 233 Experimental Organic Chemistry II 2
        CHEM 320 Environmental Chemical Analysis 3
        CHEM 325 Atmospheric Chemistry 3
        PHMS 490 Field Methods in the Marine Sciences 4
        PHYS 280 Astronomy 4
  5. CHEMISTRY COLLATERAL

    Complete the following 2 courses:

    CHEM 120 General Chemistry I 4
    CHEM 121 General Chemistry II 4

Course Descriptions:

BIMS220: Introduction to Marine Biology

A field and laboratory oriented course covering the characteristics of marine plants and animals. The course is designed to provide the student with experience in collecting and identifying local marine flora and fauna. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

BIMS422: Biology of Marine Plankton

A study of the marine phytoplankton and zooplankton, their collection, analysis and interpretation. Their role in the ecosystem will be stressed as will be their distribution, particularly those of the near shore and estaurine environment. Field trips will be made to coastal New Jersey. Offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, PHMS 422. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIMS426: Marine Energy Systems

Principles of production and energy transfer in the marine environment. Spatial and temporal distribution of productivity. Productivity measurement and assessment of the roles of plants, herbivores and carnivores in marine energetics. Offered at New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS431: Marine Invertebrate Zoology

A study of the invertebrates living in the marine realm with emphasis on the interrelations of these animals to their particular environment. Field work will include studies of the pelagic and benthonic forms associated with estuaries and the continental shelf. Also offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS433: Seashore Ornithology

Field identification of birds of the ocean, salt marsh, sand dunes, and adjacent land areas. Includes discussion of habits and ecology. Offered at NJ Marine Sciences Consortium. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIMS 213.

BIMS438: Seashore Entomology

Ecological studies of the insect fauna found in the unique habitats of the (1) intertidal zone, (2) coastal sand dunes and (3) salt marsh found along the NJ shoreline. (1 hour lecture, 3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS450: Marine Botany

An introduction to the structure, systematics, physiology and ecology of algae and metaphyta of the marine environment. Emphasis will be placed on the flora of the estuary and tidal marsh. Biology of the associated phytoplankton will be studied. Offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Cross listed with Earth and Environmental Studies, PHMS 450. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

BIMS455: Marsh and Dune Vegetation

A field and laboratory study of the plant communities that inhabit the sand dunes and marshes of the coastal zone of New Jersey. The diversity of the forms of plant life and their adaptations and ecological roles. The collection and identification of individual plant species. Also offered at the site of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (3 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIMS460: Advanced Marine Biology

Interrelationships of marine animals and plants. Ecological response to physical and chemical parameters. Principles such as zonation, succession, ecosystem structure, and physiological response will be examined through lectures, field projects and laboratory study. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BIOL113: Principles of Biology II

Principles of Biology II will provide an introductory level study of biodiversity and the origins of life, phylogenetic relationships among organisms, genetics, developmental biology, reproduction, the biology of populations and communities, and ecosystem processes. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Interdisciplinary Core, Scientific Issues. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or a satisfactory score on the Math department's precalculus readiness test.

BIOL213: Introduction to Ecology

Semester-long field oriented course designed as an introduction to the natural world. Emphasis will be placed on identifying and characterizing the variety of habitats in New Jersey through field observations, group and individual projects and specimen collection. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL230: Cell and Molecular Biology

An introduction to the chemistry, structure, and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. Topics covered include membrane structure and transport processes, bioenergetics and energy transformations in cells, DNA replication and expression, protein synthesis, and cell movement. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of "C-" or better.

BIOL254: Applied Microbiology

Microbiological concepts and techniques applicable to food and dairy processing, health and disease, water, waste and other environmental problems. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 130.

BIOL256: Applied Environmental Microbiology

Microbiological concepts and techniques applicable to environmental microbiology: water, waste and other environmental problems, health and diseases. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120.

BIOL300: Environmental Biology and Related Controversial Issues

Analysis of ecological problems of today's population trends and control, food production, environmental deterioration, waste disposal etc. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL330: Introduction to Animal Behavior

Concepts and theories of the sensory world of animals and behavioral patterns resulting in environmental adaptations. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 with a grade of C- or better.

BIOL370: Principles of Ecology

To acquaint the biology majors with the general principles of ecology, population dynamics and adaptations of plants and animals to the various habitats. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL411: Introduction to Transmission Electron Microscopy

Basic theory and practice of electron microscopy. Specimen preparation, ultramicrotomy, microscopy, photographic preparation of final print, interpretation of results. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 230.

BIOL417: Evolutionary Biology

Mechanisms and processes underlying biological evolution, including natural selection, genetic drift, mutation, quantitative genetics and speciation. The central organizing principle of life science, evolutionary biology investigates the study of molecular biology, organisms, and ecology. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 380.

BIOL418: Biology Independent Research

Under the guidance of a sponsor, students will investigate individual problems of appropriate scope. A written and/or oral report is required. (Offered on demand.) () 1 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Minimum GPA 3.0 and departmental approval.

BIOL420: Economic Botany

Importance of plants to the world in general and to man in particular. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 if completed prior to Fall 2002.)

BIOL425: Elementary Plant Physiology

Major physiological processes of the flowering plant: growth, metabolism, photosynthesis, respiration, water relations and mineral nutrition. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 and BIOL 230 and CHEM 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL426: New Jersey Flora

Field identification of mosses, liverworts, ferns, and seed plants in a variety of habitats. (Not offered every year.) (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL430: Ornithology

The biology, identification, and natural history of birds in a variety of habitats. Laboratory includes trips on a varying schedule. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL431: Entomology

Identification, physiology and ecology of common insect families. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL436: Phylogenetic Zoology

Phylogenetic Zoology is a comprehensive survey of evolutionary zoology. The focus of the course is on the ecological and evolutionary processes that shape the natural histories of aquatic and terrestrial animals. Integrated lecture and laboratory investigations will explore the anatomy, physiology, diversity, ecology and evolutionary significance of animal clades. This course is designed to fulfill major elective requirements of the biology major. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL460: Biological Oceanography

Biological processes within oceans and estuaries are considered in relation to the physical environment. Field and laboratory work. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213.

BIOL461: Aquatic Ecology

Biological and physical processes of rivers and lakes. Field work and laboratory. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002) or departmental approval.

BIOL467: Biology of the Fishes

Systematics, adaptations, reproduction, evolution, ecology and zoo-geography of major groups of marine fishes. At New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (Not offered every year.) (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 113 (or BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002).

BIOL484: Research Community I: Ecology

Survey of topics and techniques in contemporary ecology research. Exploration and integration of molecular, cellular, physiological, population and ecological phenomena as they relate to biology at the ecological level. Students will prepare and present a scientific research proposal for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 112 and BIOL 113 (or BIOL 120 and BIOL 132 if completed prior to Fall 2002); and BIOL 213, BIOL 230, CHEM 231, and CHEM 232; or departmental approval.

BIOL485: Research Community II: Ecology

Team-based student independent research on topics in contemporary ecology. Students will conduct experimental explorations designed in the prerequisite course, BIOL 484. Students will ultimately prepare and present a scientific research paper for peer and faculty review. (2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 484.

BIOL486: Selected Topics in Biology

This course will acquaint the student with recent developments and specialized content in the biological sciences. Examples of topic areas are: vision science, biological modeling, forensic entomology, disease ecology, pathophysiology, and mitochondrial genomics. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology major. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of 8.0 credits. () 3 - 4 sh.

Prerequisites: BIOL 213 and BIOL 230 or permission of instructor.

BIOL490: Senior Seminar in Biology

Course which will allow the advanced undergraduate student to study controversial biological, bioethical, and ecological issues in a seminar format. Students will be required to produce written and verbal presentations utilizing peer-reviewed scientific papers. Presentations will be in both individual and group formats. This course is required for Biology seniors. (3 hours seminar.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: Senior status in Department of Biology and Molecular Biology.

CHEM120: General Chemistry I

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to atomic and molecular structure, bonding, stoichiometry, states of matter, solutions, and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: One year of high school chemistry.

CHEM121: General Chemistry II

Introductory lecture and laboratory course for science majors, prerequisite for all advanced chemistry courses. Introduction to thermochemistry, kinetics; general acid base, precipitation, redox equilibria, electrochemistry and selected topics in descriptive inorganic chemistry. Laboratory stresses techniques and data treatment and their use in examining chemical systems. (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 120 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM230: Organic Chemistry I

Structure and bonding in organic compounds: nomenclature, reactions, properties, and aromatic compounds: stereochemistry; structure analysis by IR, NMR, UV, and MS; introduction to molecular orbital theory. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 121 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM231: Organic Chemistry II

Nomenclature, reactions, properties, and synthesis of ethers, epoxides, alcohols, amines, and carbonyl compounds; carbohydrates; amino acids, peptides and proteins; pericyclic reactions; synthetic polymers. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM232: Experimental Organic Chemistry I

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 230. Basic techniques for the separation, analysis and synthesis of organic compounds: recrystallization, distillation, extraction, GC, HPLC, TLC, GC/MS, IR, H/C13- NMR, chemical safety methods and regulations. (4 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 is a prerequisite or corequisite.

CHEM233: Experimental Organic Chemistry II

A laboratory course to be taken concurrently with CHEM 231 and after completion of CHEM 232. Basic techniques for organic synthesis, mechanistic studies, separation and analysis, and chemical safety: multistep syntheses, spectral data-base searching, phase-transfer catalysis, anhydrous procedures, analysis of unknowns by wet-chemical and spectral methods. (4 hours lab.) 2 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 231 and 232 with a grade of C- or better. CHEM 231 may be taken as a corequisite.

CHEM320: Environmental Chemical Analysis

A study of the sources, reactions, transport, effects, and fates of chemical species in the environment. Lecture and lab will stress the theory, methodology, techniques, and instrumentation for air, water and soil analysis for contaminants. (2 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better.

CHEM325: Atmospheric Chemistry

Atmospheric chemistry of the major pollutants of concern in today's environment, the emission sources, air/water and air/soil partitioning and exchange, atmospheric transport pathway, transformation processes (biological degradation, hydrolysis, photochemical transformations), deposition processes, pollutant chronic and acute health impacts, prevention and regulation. Course requirements: 2 field trips. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: CHEM 230 and CHEM 232 with a grade of C- or better.

MATH112: Precalculus Mathematics

Binomial theorem, relations and functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, right triangle trigonometry, circular functions. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Precalculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Precalculus Readiness Test.)

MATH116: Calculus A

Differentiation and integration of functions, including trigonometric functions. Applications to biology and geoscience. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Rediness Test.)

MATH122: Calculus I

Limits, continuity; derivative and differentiation; applications of the derivative, maxima, minima, and extreme considerations; antiderivatives; Riemann integral. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 111 or MATH 112 or placement through the Montclair State University Placement Test (MSUPT) or a satisfactory score on department's Calculus Readiness Test. (Students who did not satisfy the course prerequisite at MSU and students who received a grade of D-, D, or D+ in the prerequisite course taken at MSU are required to demonstrate competency on the department's Calculus Readiness Test.)

MATH221: Calculus II

Riemann integral applications, transcendental functions, techniques of integration, improper integrals, L'Hospital's rule, infinite series. (4 hours lecture.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122.

PHMS490: Field Methods in the Marine Sciences

The application and techniques of marine sampling, including those of biology, chemistry, geology, meteorology and physics. The nature and role of various pieces of sampling equipment. Field experience at the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: Departmental approval.

PHYS191: University Physics I

This one-semester calculus-based course including laboratory is a study of the principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics covered include mechanics, thermodynamics, fluids, and harmonic motion. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 122 is prerequisite or co-requisite.

PHYS192: University Physics II

Calculus-based course. Study of some principles of physics and some applications to society's problems. Topics include: wave motion, sound and noise pollution, optics, electricity, lasers, nuclear theory, radiation, nuclear reactors, waste disposal. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 221 is prerequisite or corequisite.

PHYS193: College Physics I

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include mechanics, heat and thermodynamics, wave motion and sound, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: MATH 100.

PHYS194: College Physics II

This one-semester course including laboratory is a study of the principles and applications of classical physics. Topics covered include optics, electricity and magnetism, and an introduction to modern and nuclear physics, as well as societal applications of physical principles. Calculus is not used, but familiarity with some algebra and trigonometry is required. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 193 and MATH 100 or MATH 111 or MATH 112.

PHYS280: Astronomy

Application of physical laws to the earth as a planet; nature of the other planets; orbital motion and space flight; origin of the solar system; the birth, life and death of a star galactic structure; and cosmology. Meets the University Writing Requirement for majors in Physics. (3 hours lecture, 2 hours lab.) 4 sh.

Prerequisites: PHYS 191, 192 or PHYS 193, 194.