Geophysics 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
22 hours of Geology Courses
GEOL 107Physical Geology 14
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
GEOL 452Introduction to Geophysics4
10 additional hours of 300 or 400 level geology courses10
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Introductory Matrix Theory
Applied Linear Algebra
Intro Differential Equations
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Select one of the following:
Classical Mechanics I
Introduction to Statics
and Introductory Dynamics
Additional Technical Requirements13
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
Intro to Computer Science
Thermodynamics of Materials
Thermal & Statistical Physics
Physical Chemistry II
Six hours of other 300- or 400-level science, math, or engineering courses selected with adviser 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.