Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Blog Challenge #1

         For this Blog Challenge we had to choose a career in science that we wanted to pursue. Along with why you have chosen that career. Then we had to choose and research three different colleges that offered classes and programs in the field of science you wish to pursue. Then you had to find the requirements to be accepted for the college of you have chosen and any special classes that you need for that college. Then you had to explain the programs they offered.

         My career that I have chosen was geology. Geology- the science that deals with the earth's physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it. Geology is the science that deals with the earth's physical structure and substance, its history, and the processes that act on it is the science comprising the study of solid earth, the rocks of which it is composed , and the process by which they change. Geology can be referred to the study of the solid feature or any celestial body. Geology gives insight into the history of the earth by providing the primary evidence of tectonic plates, the history of the evolution of life along with past climate change.

         In modern time, geology is commercially important for mineral and hydrocarbon exploration as well as for evaluating water resources. It is publicly important for the prediction and understanding of natural hazards, the remediation of environmental problems, and for providing insight into climate change. Geology also play a role in geotechnical engineering. Geotechnical Engineering is the branch of civil engineering concerned with the engineering behavior of earth materials. Geologists use a number of field, laboratory, and numerical modeling methods to decipher the earths history and to understand the process that goes on inside the earth. Geologist use primary information related to petrology (the study of rocks), stratigraphy (the study of semimentary layers), investigate past and current life biochemical pathways, and use geophysical methods to investigate the subsurface.

          I chose geology because it has always interested me ever since seventh grade. Even though I at that time didn't know exactly what the correct name for it was. That was until last year around this time when I had so focus on what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. I started to google earth science and natural science. That is when I came across geology and was like yeah this fits the part. So I did more and more research and came to a conclusion that this was the right career path for me. With my luck I have recently found out that geologist are in high demand. The three Universities I chose were West Virginia University, Ohio State University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

          The University of Pittsburgh is a large four-year, public school with around 28,770 students enrolled 24,980 of which are undergraduates. The school was originated in 1787 and is one of the thirty three schools and colleges located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. At the University of Pittsburgh you can enroll  in a seven month certificate program, a two year certificate program, Bachelor's Degree, Post Baccalaureate certificate, Masters Degree, Post Masters certificate, or Doctoral Degree. All geology majors take a multi-week summer field camp, and ,any also choose to intern with companies, researchers, or government organizations. Courses offers are Natural Sciences, Which you customize to fit your interest and your career goals. Requirements are as followed.
            *SAT- 1750 (Critical reading- 570/680), (Math- 600/690), (Writing- 560/660)
            *GPA- 3.0 or higher.

         West Virginia University is also a large public college offering numerous disciplines along with geology programs and is located in Morgantown, West Virginia. Operating since 1867 and is presently offering Bachelors, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees in general geology and earth science. West Virginia University  is a little bit on the expensive side depending on the program you choose, the cost varies around $20,000/year. AP credits and other credits can be considered when being considered when applying for admission. Their geology has an overall four and a half stars. Ranked number one geology school in West Virginia, twenty-fifth in the South, and Seventy in the United States. The requirements are as followed. Four English credits, four math credits, three history credits, three science credits, two foreign language credits and one credit for the arts. A GPA of a 3.3 and a combined reading and math SAT score of a 1052. They offer a program that runs in the geology field camp for five weeks in South Dakota, Wyoming, and Montana. Some courses they offer are as listed along with many more.
 GEOL. 101, Planet earth. which talks about the composition and structure of earth and the physical properties.
- GEOL. 102, Planet earth lab. Where you work in labs on samples.
- GEOL. 105, The study of Dinosaurs.

         Ohio State University is a very large public college offering many disciplines along with the geology major and located un Columbus, Ohio. This college is operating since 1870 and is presently offering Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctoral Degrees in general geology and earth science. Ohio State is quite expensive depending on the program tuition price may vary around $28,000/year, Your dual credits and AP credits maybe considered when applying at Ohio State University. The school of earth science offers two major programs, a BA (Bachelor of Arts) and a BS (Bachelor of Science). Both involve course work in preparation for the major ad the major program itself. BS program preparation for the major consist of the following courses. In basic science and mathematics: 5-10 credit hours of general chemistry, 10 credit hours of calculus and analytic geometry, 5-10 hours of biological science, 4 credit hours each of physical geology and historical geology, and two additional courses other science or mathematics. Over a third of the students who apply to Ohio Sate university get rejected, and successful applicant tend to have above average standardized test scores who have a 3.5 GPA or  1650 SAT scores. Although students have still been accepted with below average standardized test scores, not just your grades, AP, IB and honors classes get you in. But they do carry extra weight. Ohio State is also interest in leadership experiences, extracurricular activities, and work experience. If your a first generation college student or part of an underrepresented group, you may get additional consideration.

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