Geology, BS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Geology  (Specialized Curriculum)

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department faculty: Geology Faculty

overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

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The Specialized Curriculum in Geology (BS) is designed for students who plan to pursue graduate study in geology or geophysics or who wish to work professionally in the environmental field upon obtaining the bachelor's degree. It consists of geology, geophysics, and environmental geology areas, and offers more training in geology and related science than is required of students who make geology their major in the Sciences and Letters Curriculum.  Students must choose one of the following: Geology, Geophysics, or Environmental Geology.

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Geology

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

Students select one of the following in consultation with an adviser:

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Geology

Students select one of the following in consultation with an adviser:

for the degree of Bachelor of Science Major in Geology

Specialized Curriculum

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 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