Geology Concentration within the Specialized Curriculum

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Geology

Major in Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics

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.


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

Minimum hours required for graduation: 126 hours

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.

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 107Physical Geology 24
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 143History of Life3
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
Select one of the following:3-4
Probing the Earth's Interior
Introduction to Geophysics
GEOL 460Geochemistry3
6 additional hours 300- or 400-level geology6
Calculus I
Calculus II
Introductory Matrix Theory
Applied Linear Algebra
Calculus III
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 Requirements3
Select at least 3 hours from the following:
Introduction to Plant Biology
Animal Biology
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
Intro to Computer Science
Applied Statistical Methods I
Statistics and Probability I
Intro Differential Equations
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 208GEOL 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.