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General Studies Requirements

The Earth and Atmospheric Science department offers a variety of General Studies courses in Natural and Physical Science, Social and Behavioral Science, and Global Diversity

Please refer to the Current Catalog for information on General Studies Requirements, the General Studies page for category descriptions, or a list of courses on the Advising page.

The General Studies program provides the foundation for the Bachelor’s degree. Students develop thinking, reasoning, and communication skills while discovering new ideas and expanding their views.  The coursework is designed to create the opportunity for learning across different disciplines and builds experiences for students as they grow into lifelong learners.

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General Studies Courses in EAS:

ENV 1200 - Introduction to Environmental Science



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course introduces students to environmental concepts and issues from an interdisciplinary approach.  Students will gain an understanding of the scientific methods and techniques needed to understand the and analyze environmental issues such as ecology, human population growth, soils and agriculture, deforestation, urbanization, air pollution, freshwater resources, ocean pollution, climate change, fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, waste disposal, as well as environmental ethics and policy.  Course topics will be complemented with computer exercises.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEG 1100 - Introduction to Physical Geography



Credits: 3 

Description: This course explores the various elements of the physical environment and interactions between the elements. The course emphasizes the atmosphere (weather and climate), the lithosphere (soils, geology, and landforms), and the hydrosphere (oceans, streams, and groundwater).

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEG 1910 - Global Water Concerns



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing placement tests

Description: In this course, water is examined as a natural and societal resource using local, national, and intemational examples. Landforms and processes related to water such as the hydrologic cycle, watersheds, surface water, and groundwater are surveyed. Students leam about water use in early civilizations, water and culture, water quality and treatment, and water law. The critical issue of water conservation and scarcity is reviewed in the context of the social, legal, political, economic, and physical infrastructure that controls water around the world.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEG 2700 - Geographies of Environmental Justice



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing placement tests

Description: This class explores why people of color and lower income populations are subject to the disproportionate burden of pollution and contamination and analyzes collective struggles of affected people to democratize access to a clean environment. Environmental justice is at the intersection of social justice and environmentalism and helps us to better understand geographies of socio-environmental injustices and how people take actions to make the places where they live, work, and play safer. Students learn how issues such as air pollution, waste management, unsafe drinking water, working conditions on farms, food deserts, climate change, and other environmental hazards affect people living in low income communities across the United States.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Multicultural

 

GEL 1010 - Physical Geology



Credits: 4 

Description: This course introduces the basic theories, concepts, and assumptions used in geology, utilizing both lecture and laboratory components. It includes earth’s internal systems from core to crust, as well as the dynamics of the lithosphere with its processes, products, and effects on the environment. Students will learn to identify common rocks and minerals.

Field Trips: A field trip is required.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

GEL 1020 - Geology of Colorado



Credits: 3 

Description: This science course focuses on the State of Colorado to introduce basic concepts, principles, theories, and assumptions in geology. The course covers Colorado’s major geological provinces and landforms; common minerals, rocks, and fossils; geologic processes; geologic resources and hazards; and important events in Colorado’s geologic history.

Field Trips: One field trip is required.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

GEL 1150 - Physical Oceanography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics pre-assessment placement tests

Description: This introductory course studies the world’s oceans, including geographic, geologic and physical features of the ocean basins and the physical and chemical properties of ocean water. Other major topics include ocean exploration, ocean waves, currents and tides, air-sea interactions, marine ecology, and geologic history. The course emphasizes the use and control of ocean resources and the impact of ocean pollution.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

MTR 1400 - Weather and Climate



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics pre-assessment placement tests

Description: This course introduces the fundamental physical processes in the atmosphere-heat and energy, temperature, pressure, wind, clouds, precipitation, and stability. These concepts provide the basis for understanding weather systems, such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes. These processes are also applied to climatic patterns and the impacts of human activity on weather and climate, such as air pollution and climate change. An optional 1-credit lab course, MTR 2020 Weather and Climate Lab for Scientists, is available for students interested in additional experience in the measurement and analysis of atmospheric data, and is required for some science programs.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

MTR 1600 - Global Climate Change



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests.

Description: This course presents the science behind global climate change from an Earth systems and atmospheric science perspective.  These concepts then provide the basis to explore the effect of global warming on regions throughout the world.  This leads to the analysis of the observed and predicted impacts of climate change on these regions; the effect of these changes on each region’s society, culture, and economy; and the efforts of these regions to mitigate or adapt to climate change.  The interdependence of all nations will be discussed in regards to fossil fuel-rich regions, regions responsible for greenhouse gas emissions, and regions most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

 

MTR 3500 - Hazardous Weather



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): MTR 1400 or MTR 2400 or AES 1400; and completion of General Studies requirements in Written Communication

Description: This course considers the nature and causes of hazardous weather, the predictability of hazardous weather events, and the economic and societal impacts of these events. The strategies for the protection of life and property from hazardous weather are also considered.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

 

SCI 2600 - Integrated Biology and Earth Science



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading and writing pre-assessments

Description: The course examines the application of fundamental scientific principles in biology and earth systems by examining the basic building blocks of life, evolution of life, the human body, ecosystem structure and development, terrestrial formations and surface processes, atmospheric processes, the solar system, and the universe. This class includes laboratory experiments, which focus on biology and earth science.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

SCI 2610 - Integrated Physical and Chemical Sciences



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): MTH 2620

Description: The course examines the nature of energy and matter, their interactions and changes, and the application of fundamental scientific concepts to the study of our natural world. These concepts are explored through hands-on laboratory experiments that focus on basic physics and chemistry principles.

General Studies: Natural and Physical Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC1

 

GEG 1000 - World Regional Geography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course presents the study of the formation, behavior, and interaction of social, political, cultural, and economic regions throughout the world.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

GEG 1300 - Introduction to Human Geography



Credits: 3 

Prerequisite(s): Minimum performance standard scores on reading, writing, and mathematics preassessment placement tests

Description: This course provides an introduction to geographic perspectives, concepts, and methods as they apply to the study of human activities. Emphasis is placed on explaining human spatial patterns and their consequences. Topics covered include population, migration, language, religion, folk and economic development, political systems, and resources.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences, Global Diversity

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

GEG 1700 - Principles of Sustainability



Credits: 3 

Description: This course is an introduction to the transdisciplinary field of sustainability that examines current debates about how to respond to the problems of climate change, environmental degradation, and social inequalities from the local to the global scales.  The course begins with an overview of the historical conditions that continue to shape the current human imprint on the global environment.  It also explores how different perspectives from the natural and social sciences can be used to examine the environmental implications of human endeavors. Throughout the course, emergent sustainable practices, such as renewable energy, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and urban sustainability, are discussed to show how communities across the world are finding sustainable and equitable solutions. 

University Requirement(s): Social and Behavioral Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SC2

  

GEG 2020 - Geography of Colorado



Credits: 3 

Description: Geography of Colorado presents the study of the physical, economic, and cultural features of Colorado. These features include climate, landforms, history, water resources, energy and minerals, mining, soil, natural vegetation, agriculture, population characteristics, the economy, current issues, as well as their interactions, and the overall geographic setting.

General Studies: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Guaranteed Transfer: GT-SS2

 

 


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