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Rensselaer Catalog 2017-2018

Hydrogeology


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Outcomes of the Undergraduate Curriculum
Students who successfully complete this program will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of science (physics, chemistry, geology, biology) and mathematics (calculus) needed to understand natural systems at a fundamental level.
  • in-depth knowledge in one particular field of science (i.e. geology, biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, or computer science) that is sufficient to allow meaningful study and insight into problems affecting natural systems.
  • an appreciation for Earth Systems, in particular, knowledge of their interconnectedness and their natural and human-induced changes through time (Earth Systems include the oceans, atmosphere, solid Earth and sub-systems thereof).
  • an appreciation for and knowledge of the societal context of science and the far-reaching impact of solid-Earth issues in society.
  • an awareness of potential career paths for scientifically trained individuals in the solid-Earth sector.
  • scientific background knowledge needed to pursue a career in the solid-Earth sector or graduate studies in a related field.

The program shown below requires a total of 124 credit hours. The program leads to a B.S. in Hydrogeology.

First Year


Fall


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Second Year


Fall


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • CSCI XXXX  Computer Science Elective Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 2 below)

Spring


  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4

Third Year


Summer Arch*


*For students who have applied for and been granted an exception, the Summer Arch courses would be taken during the fall semester. For listing of the exception process go to: http://info.rpi.edu/arch/students/#ExceptionProcess.

  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Field Experience Credit Hours: 8
  • Geoscience and the Global Society: Current and Future Challenges Credit Hours: 4

Fall or Spring


  • Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • HASS Elective Credit Hours: 4
  • Biology Requirement Credit Hours: 4
    (See footnote 1 below)

Fourth Year


Spring


  • Culminating Experience Credit Hours: 4
    (see footnote 3 below)
  • Electives Credit Hours: 8

Electives


A total of 30 credit hours of free electives is required. These electives should be designed to provide a depth of understanding in a subdiscipline of hydrogeology (e.g., geology, mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, computer science, engineering, etc.). A limited list of suggested courses for free electives includes the following:

Footnotes


  1. Biology Requirement: BIOL 1010 or an approved alternate life sciences course
  2. CSCI 4350 Data Science (3 credits) recommended. It is highly recommended that students take this course during the fall term of the second year.
  3. The culminating experience will be associated with earning 3 to 4 academic credits in a URP project, Independent Study, or Out of Classroom Experience (e.g., as a co-op or intern).

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