Forestry and Geology

Website: www.sewanee.edu/Forestry_Geology/ForestryGeology.html

Professor Kuers, Chair

Professor Potter

Professor Shaver

Professor Knoll

Professor Torreano

Professor K. Smith

Research Associate Professor Lentile

Visiting Assistant Professor Neely

Visiting Instructor Hobbs

DEPARTMENT MISSION

Forestry, geology, watershed analysis, and environmental study are the emphases of the Department of Forestry and Geology. Students analyze the physical, biological, hydrological, and chemical components of natural landscapes, and also address the economic, social, and political aspects of environmental issues as part of their study. The department stresses work both within and outside the classroom, and trains students to integrate their field observations with theoretical concepts and analytical data.

The department offers three majors, a certificate, and two minors.

The three majors:


Forestry
: A study of forest ecosystems and the environmental components and processes (biological, physical, and chemical) that affect them.

Geology: A study of processes affecting the earth — geological, hydrological, and chemical.

Natural Resources and the Environment: An interdisciplinary environmental major that integrates coursework in forest ecosystems and geology with other environmental coursework. (This major is offered in collaboration with the Environmental Studies Program.)

Watershed Science Certificate: A component of the Environmental Studies Program and more fully described under that heading, the Certificate is designed for students interested in gaining a better understanding of the interactions among physical, chemical, and biological factors that affect our watersheds and wetlands. Students pursuing the Certificate take a range of courses focusing on water resources and watershed science.

Forestry Minor: A student may minor in forestry by completing four of the following courses:

Fors 211: Dendrology
Fors 262: Forest and Watershed Restoration
Fors 303: Soils
Fors 305: Forest Ecology
Fors 312: Silviculture
Fors 319: Natural Resource Management Decisions

Students must have an average grade of C or higher in these four courses. No comprehensive examination is required for a minor in forestry. Forestry minors who propose taking any of the required courses outside of Sewanee must seek prior approval before taking such a course.

Geology Minor: A student may minor in geology by completing the following courses:

1. Geol 314: Hydrology

2. One of the following:

Geol 215: Economic Geological Resources
Geol 221: Mineralogy

3. One of the following:

Geol 222: Historical Geology
Geol 225: Sedimentology
Geol 325: Field and Structural Geology

4. One additional four-credit laboratory course in geology at the 200- or 300-level

Students must achieve an average grade of C (2.00) or higher in the four required courses. No comprehensive examination is required. Geology minors who propose taking any of the required courses elsewhere than Sewanee must seek prior approval before taking such a course.

All three majors in the Department of Forestry and Geology emphasize an interdisciplinary study of the natural world and the interrelationships between geological, hydrological, and forest ecological processes. Excellent forest and geological exposures on the University Domain and its environs, along with the stream drainages that comprise local watersheds, are the focus of both lab and field study. Other sites in the Appalachians, Rocky Mountains, Colorado Plateau region, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and St. Catherine's barrier island environment are also studied in specific courses. Students in all majors develop skills appropriate to the study of forested and geologic systems. These include skills in computer use/analysis (database, word processing, and/or GIS software), field identifications, laboratory analysis, and mapping and spatial analysis of variables in the field. Graduating seniors must demonstrate a broad knowledge of environmental issues (local, regional, and global) and must be competent in both oral and written communication skills. As part of this goal, all juniors in the department complete an oral presentations course, and all seniors complete a collaborative and interdisciplinary senior field research project.

Students interested in majoring in forestry, geology, or natural resources and the environment have choices in required coursework, and they are advised to consult with a member of the department early in their college career to plan a sequence of courses appropriate to their interests and objectives. Students interested in careers in forestry or environmental study may choose to participate in a 3-2 Cooperative College program with Duke University, with three years of work at Sewanee and two years at Duke, to obtain both a Sewanee bachelor's degree and one of two master's degrees at Duke: Master of Environmental Management (MEM) or Master of Forestry (MF).

Natural Resources and the Environment Major: An interdisciplinary environmental major that integrates coursework in forest ecosystems and geology with the broad range of potential environmental coursework offered at Sewanee.

All Natural Resources and the Environment majors take the introductory forestry and geology courses (Fors 121 and Geol 121); a complementary science course in biology, chemistry, or physics; the department’s oral presentations seminar; and the department’s interdisciplinary senior field project course. The remaining 4 required core and 3 elective courses are chosen by the student, in consultation with his/her faculty advisor, to match the student’s specific interests.
1. Fors 121: Introduction to Forestry
2. Geol 121: Physical Geology
3. One of the following science courses:
Biol 130: Field Investigations in Biology
Biol 200: Entomology
a biology laboratory course
Chem 100: Foundations of Chemistry
Chem 120: General Chemistry
Phys 105: Energy and the Environment
Phys 106: Foundations of Global Warming
4. Four of the following core courses in Natural Resources:
Fors 211: Dendrology
Fors 262: Forest and Watershed Restoration
Fors /Geol 303: Soils
Fors 305: Forest Ecology
Fors 312: Silviculture
Fors 319: Natural Resource Management Decisions
Geol 221: Mineralogy
Geol 222: Historical Geology
Geol 225: Sedimentology
Geol 305: Economic Geological Resources
Geol 314: Hydrology
Geol 318: Geomorphology
Geol 325: Field and Structural Geology
5. Three Natural Resources elective courses (12 hrs):
(EnSt 101 recommended.)
Any Fors, Geol, EnSt, ESci, Chem, or Phys course;
Any Biol course numbered 130 or higher;
Anth 307, 316, 318, 350, 357
Econ 335
Hist 238
Phil 230
Pols 260, 381, 382;
Relg 307, 341, 353
6. Fors /Geol 332: Oral Presentations in Forestry and Geology (0.5 credit)
7. Fors /Geol 432: Senior Interdisciplinary Field Project (Capstone)

Required for B.S. (but not for B.A.) in Natural Resources and the Environment
Two science lab courses not in Fors/Geol (Chemistry recommended)
Two other math or science courses

Forestry Major: A study of forest ecosystems and the environmental components and processes (biological, physical, and chemical) that affect them.

Forestry majors at Sewanee are broadly trained to integrate traditional forestry coursework (dendrology, silviculture, forest ecology, and natural resource management) with courses outside the department in biology, chemistry, economics, and mathematics. Courses in soils, hydrology, natural resource policy, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), wildlife management, urban forest management, and tropical and boreal forestry are also either encouraged or required. Forestry majors participate in the department’s junior presentations seminar and senior capstone interdisciplinary field course along with all students majoring in Geology or Natural Resources and the Environment.

1. Introduction to Forestry (Fors 121)
2. Physical Geology (Geol 121)
3. Dendrology (Fors 211)
4. Silviculture (Fors 312)
5. Forest Ecology (Fors 305)
6. Natural Resource Management Decisions (Fors 319)
7. One additional Forestry course
8. Either: Soils (Fors 303) or Hydrology (Geol 314)
9. Forest and Watershed Restoration (Fors 262)
10. One of the following:
Biol 130: Field Investigations in Biology
Biol 200: Entomology
a biology laboratory course
an additional Chemistry course (lab)
Phys 105: Energy and the Environment
Phys 106: Foundations of Global Warming
EnSt 240: Island Ecology (summer program)
11. Chem 100 or Chem 120
12. Oral Presentations in Forestry and Geology (Fors 332; half course)
13. Senior Interdisciplinary Field Project (Fors 432)

Suggested (not required):
an additional Chemistry course (lab)
Math 101: Calculus I
One GIS Based Course
Environmental Ethics (Phil 230) or Religion and Ecology (Relg 341)
Statistics (Stat 204) or Biometrics (Fors 307)
 
 Geology Major: A study of processes affecting the earth — geological, hydrological, and chemical.

Geology majors study past and present-day interrelationships between earth components and earth processes — rocks, minerals, fossils, landforms, structural features, earthquakes, glaciers, magmas, volcanoes, atmospheric gases, surface water, subsurface water, and environmental pollutants. Required coursework in geology is integrated with required or recommended coursework in forestry, soils, hydrology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. (A summer geology field camp taken at another institution is strongly recommended as it is required for admission to many graduate schools.)

1. Physical Geology (Geol 121)
2. Historical Geology (Geol 222)
3. Mineralogy (Geol 221)
4. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (Geol 320)
5. Field and Structural Geology (Geol 325)
6. Sedimentology (Geol 225)
7. Economic Geological Resources (Geol 215)
8. Introduction to Forestry (Fors 121)
9. Either Hydrology (Geol 314) or Paleoecology (Geol 230)
10. Two of the following:
Chem 100: Foundations of Chemistry
Chem 120: General Chemistry
Chem 211: Environmental Chemistry
Chem 411: Geochemistry of Natural Waters
11. One Math course
12. One course in: Math, Computer Science, Statistics, or GIS
13. Oral Presentations in Forestry and Geology (half course) (Fors or Geol 332)
14. Senior Interdisciplinary Field Project (Geol 432)


Suggested (not required):
General Physics (101 & 102)
Summer Field Camp (at another institution)
Environmental Ethics (Phil 230) or Religion and Ecology (Relg 341)

Note: All B.S. degrees require four science/math courses outside the major taken at Sewanee; two with labs

Natural Science Core Requirement
(applies only to the Class of 2016 and earlier): In geology, all courses may be counted toward the 2.b. natural science core distribution requirement. In forestry, all courses except forestry 201, 260, and 319 may be counted toward this requirement.

Writing-Intensive Course in the Major Requirement

Students majoring in Forestry, Geology, or Natural Resources and the Environment can satisfy their Writing-in-the-Major requirement by
(1) successfully completing Geology 320, or other designated Writing-Intensive course in the department, or
(2) by successfully completing four Forestry and/or Geology designated “Writing Portfolio” courses. Written and edited scientific papers from each Writing Portfolio course are to be compiled into a Scientific Writing Portfolio by each student, and maintained by his/her advisor.

The following courses are designated as Writing Portfolio or Writing-Intensive courses in the Department of Forestry and Geology. Other courses may be approved as such during some years. In exceptional cases and by faculty permission, one of the four Writing Portfolio courses might be fulfilled by a Fors 444 or Geol 444 Independent Study course.

Writing Portfolio Courses in the Department of Forestry and Geology (four of these required)
 
Forestry Major
Fors 204: Forest Wildlife Management — project report
Fors 262: Forest and Watershed Restoration — class paper
Fors 303: Soils — lab reports or paper
Fors 305: Forest Ecology — lab report or paper
Fors 312: Silviculture — lab reports or paper
Fors 319: Natural Resource Management Decisions — project report

Natural Resources and the Environment Major
Fors 204: Forest Wildlife Management — project report
Fors 262: Forest and Watershed Restoration — class paper
Fors/Geol 303: Soils — lab reports or paper
Fors 305: Forest Ecology — lab report or paper
Fors 312: Silviculture — lab reports or paper
Fors 319: Natural Resource Management Decisions — project report
Geol 215: Economic Geological Resources — field trip report
Geol 222: Historical Geology — term paper
Geol 314: Hydrology — lab report

Geology Major
Geol 320: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology (writing-intensive)