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2007-2009 Catalog 
2007-2009 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Earth and Resource Science (ERS)

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516 William R. Murchie Science Building
(810) 762-3355
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FAX: (810) 762-3153

Chair: Randall Repic

Supervisor of Science Laboratories: Keith King

Principal Secretary: Karol Ann Scheitler Professors Martin M. Kaufman, Randall Repic; Associate Professor Richard Hill-Rowley; Assistant Professor T. Edwin Chow; Lecturers Frederick DeGroot, Marlos Scrimger.

Professor Emeritus: William M. Marsh

Earth and resource science is the study of earth environments. Several related fields, including geography, geology, planning, hydrology, and environmental science, are united by a common interest in the spatial nature of earth environments, how they are changed by natural and human forces, and how they can be planned and managed for the future.

Degree programs are designed to lead to careers in fields such as environmental management, planning, teaching, landscape architecture, resource management, remote sensing, GIS, computer mapping, and to prepare students for graduate study.

Department Mission and Program Assessment

The mission of the Earth and Resource Science Department is to develop an environment for disseminating information, engaging in experimentation and research, and empowering student-based learning. As part of the larger mission of the College of Arts and Sciences, ERS offers courses and degree programs enabling graduates to make meaningful contributions to the research and resolution of environmental problems as citizens, teachers, and professionals. The Department participates in the Universitywide effort to assess its academic programs. Information on assessment plans, including goals, methods and outcomes is available at


The Bill Marsh Fund offers the Michael Kulick Award and the Mary Sullivan Award to assist students in Earth and Resource Science. The Croner Scholarship Program provides assistance to qualified students in physical geography. A scholarship from the Flint Rock and Gem Club provides assistance to students with geological interests. Outstanding students may also be nominated for a Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Teaching assistantships are also available to students completing degree work in Earth and Resource Science programs.

Programs in Earth and Resource Science

Three concentration programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree are offered: the Program in Environmental Science and Planning , The Honors Program in Environmental Science and Planning , and the Teacher’s Certificate Program in Earth Science . Minors in Physical Geography  and Geographic Information Science  and a Teacher’s Certificate Minor in Earth Science  are also available. In addition, a Certification Program in Environmental Hazards/Risk Management  is offered.

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