Geology: Geophysics, BS

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


department website: https://www.geology.illinois.edu/undergraduate

department faculty: Geology Faculty

advising: Geology advising


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: geology@illinois.edu


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, Geophysics Concentration


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 majoring in Geology can earn distinction, high distinction, and highest distinction upon graduation.  The requirements for these awards are:

Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3, and have also completed an approved independent study project, approved senior thesis, or approved capstone

High Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5, and have also completed an approved independent study project, approved senior thesis, or approved capstone

Highest Distinction: A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.7, and also completed an approved senior thesis or approved research capstone


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
or
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
Mathematics16-18
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus II
Calculus III
Introductory Matrix Theory
Applied Linear Algebra
Intro Differential Equations
Physics15-17
University Physics: Mechanics
University Physics: Elec & Mag
Univ Physics: Thermal Physics
Univ Physics: Quantum Physics
Select one of the following:
Classical Mechanics I
or
Introduction to Statics
and Introductory Dynamics
Additional Technical Requirements13
Intro Computing: Engrg & Sci
Introduction 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.