Geology, Bachelor of Science

Requirements

Geology is offered as a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree.  Students may choose one of two tracks to follow: a general geology track and a geology career track.  Requirements for each are below.

The required core courses for either the B.A. or B.S. degree in geology are:

GEOL 1170INTRODUCTION TO PHYSICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 1180INTRODUCTION TO HISTORICAL GEOLOGY4
GEOL 2300GEOSCIENCE DATA ANALYSIS AND MODELING3
GEOL 2750MINERALOGY3
GEOL 2754MINERALOGY LABORATORY1
GEOL 3300STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY3
GEOL 3310STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY FIELD METHODS1
GEOL 3400INTRODUCTION TO SEDIMENTARY GEOLOGY3
GEOL 4620ADVANCED FIELD COURSE6
Students must choose one of the tracks below.

General Geology Track

In addition to the core geology requirements, students wishing to follow the general geology track must also take one of the following:

GEOL 4260PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY4
GEOL/GEOG 4640CRITICAL ZONE SCIENCE4
GEOL/GEOG 4330SOIL GENESIS, MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION4
In addition, students in the General geology track must take one of the following:
GEOL 4800INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL/REGIONAL PLANNING/EARTH SCIENCE1-6
GEOL 4950SENIOR THESIS3
In addition, the major must select at least twelve hours of geology or geography courses that should be chosen after consultation with an advisor12
Required cognate courses are:
An approved statistics course
CHEM 1140FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY4
CHEM 1144FUNDAMENTALS OF COLLEGE CHEMISTRY LABORATORY1
PHYS 1110GENERAL PHYSICS I WITH ALGEBRA4
PHYS 1154GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I1
Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
PHYS 1120GENERAL PHYSICS4
PHYS 1164GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II1
Option 2:
GEOL 4400GEOPHYSICS3

Geology Career Track

In addition to the core geology requirements, students wishing to follow the geology career track must also take one of the following:

GEOL 4260PROCESS GEOMORPHOLOGY3
GEOL/GEOG 4640CRITICAL ZONE SCIENCE4
GEOL/GEOG 4330SOIL GENESIS, MORPHOLOGY AND CLASSIFICATION4
Additionally, students in the geology career track must take one of the following:
GEOL 4800INTERNSHIP IN ENVIRONMENTAL/REGIONAL PLANNING/EARTH SCIENCE1-6
GEOL 4950SENIOR THESIS3
Students must also take additional geology/geography/related-field courses, which add up to at least twelve credits, and should be chosen after consultation with an advisor.12
Required cognate courses:
Chemistry
CHEM 1180GENERAL CHEMISTRY I3
CHEM 1184GENERAL CHEMISTRY I LABORATORY1
Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
CHEM 1190GENERAL CHEMISTRY II3
CHEM 1194GENERAL CHEMISTRY II LABORATORY1
Option 2:
GEOL 4540GEOCHEMISTRY3
Math
Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
MATH 1950CALCULUS I5
MATH 1960CALCULUS II5
Option 2:
MATH 1930CALCULUS FOR THE MANAGERIAL, LIFE, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES3
Physics
PHYS 2110GENERAL PHYSICS I - CALCULUS LEVEL4
PHYS 1154GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY I1
Select one of the following options:
Option 1:
PHYS 2120GENERAL PHYSICS-CALCULUS LEVEL4
PHYS 1164GENERAL PHYSICS LABORATORY II1
Option 2:
GEOL 4400GEOPHYSICS3