Graduation requires a grade point average of at least 2.0 overall and a 2.0 average in all required science and technical courses (geology, physics, mathematics, chemistry, and technical requirements listed below). The Department of Geology will supply upon request a Guide for Geology Undergraduates giving more information about the curriculum.
Departmental distinction: Students who maintain a grade point average 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 4 hours credit in GEOL 492 or GEOL 493, are recommended for graduation with distinction.
General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.
Minimum hours required for graduation: 126 hours
|Chemistry: Select one group of courses:||8-9|
|General Chemistry I|
|General Chemistry Lab I|
|General Chemistry II|
|General Chemistry Lab II|
|Accelerated Chemistry I|
|Accelerated Chemistry Lab I|
|Accelerated Chemistry II|
|Accelerated Chemistry Lab II|
|45 hours of Geology Courses: 1|
|GEOL 107||Physical Geology 2||4|
|GEOL 208||History of the Earth System||4|
|GEOL 143||History of Life||3|
|GEOL 411||Structural Geol and Tectonics||4|
|GEOL 417||Geol Field Methods, Western US 3||6|
|GEOL 432||Mineralogy and Mineral Optics||4|
|GEOL 436||Petrology and Petrography||4|
|GEOL 440||Sedimentology and Stratigraphy||4|
|Select one of the following:||3-4|
|Probing the Earth's Interior|
or GEOL 452
|Introduction to Geophysics|
|6 additional hours 300- or 400-level geology||6|
or MATH 221
|Introductory Matrix Theory|
or MATH 415
|Applied Linear Algebra|
|Physics. Select one group of courses:||8-10|
|University Physics: Mechanics|
|University Physics: Elec & Mag|
|College Physics: Mech & Heat|
|College Physics: E&M & Modern|
|Additional Technical Requirements||3|
Select at least 3 hours from the following:
|Introduction to Plant Biology|
|Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci|
|Intro to Computer Science|
|Applied Statistical Methods I|
|Statistics and Probability I|
|Intro Differential Equations|
|Univ Physics: Thermal Physics|
|Univ Physics: Quantum Physics|
Students transferring into the geology concentration from another science or engineering program may substitute up to 8 hours of 300-or 400-level science or engineering credits for 8 hours of 300-or 400-level geology courses with departmental approval.
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.
GEOL 417 is a 6-hour summer field course taught off campus.