Geology Concentration within the Sciences and Letters Curriculum

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Major in Sciences and Letters Curriculum


Minimum required course work normally equates to 47-52 hours including at least 26 hours in Geology.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level courses in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours

Departmental distinction: Students who maintain grade point averages of at least 3.5 in all geology courses and 3.0 in all other science and mathematics courses and who complete an acceptable senior thesis, including at least four hours of credit in GEOL 492  or GEOL 493, are recommended for graduation with distinction.

Core requirements:
GEOL 107Physical Geology 14
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
Select one of the following MATH courses: 24-5
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Additional requirements beyond the core requirements:
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat4-5
or PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics
GEOL 411Structural Geol and Tectonics4
GEOL 417Geol Field Methods, Western US 36
GEOL 432Mineralogy and Mineral Optics4
GEOL 436Petrology and Petrography4
GEOL 440Sedimentology and Stratigraphy4
Three to four hours of advanced Geology or cognate science elective 3-4

Students who decide to follow the curriculum after first taking GEOL 100 or GEOL 103 should enroll in GEOL 208. GEOL 100 or GEOL 103 will be accepted as a substitute for GEOL 107, but students should be aware that these courses are not intended for science majors.


 An introductory Statistics course, e.g., STAT 100, SOC 280, ECON 202, or a second semester of Calculus is recommended


GEOL 417 is a summer field course taught off campus.