Geology, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Geology (Sciences & Letters)


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 Sciences and Letters Curriculum in Geology (BSLAS), administered by the Department of Geology, is designed for students who want a more flexible course of study than is provided by the Specialized Curriculum in Geology and Geophysics. It may be used by those wishing to obtain a more liberal education and/or background in geology for use in fields such as anthropology, business, mineral economics, regional planning, journalism, law, sales, or library and information science. It is not intended to prepare a student for graduate work in the geological sciences unless the student selects additional courses in mathematics, chemistry, and physics comparable to those required in the Specialized Geology and Geophysics Curriculum. Students must choose from the following: Geology, Earth and Environmental Sciences, or Earth Science Teaching.  The Earth Science Teaching Concentration is designed for students preparing to teach earth science at the secondary school level.

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 in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Geology (Sciences & Letters)


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 required major and supporting course work: Minimum required course work normally equates to 47-52 hours including at least 26 hours in Geology. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.


Core requirements:
GEOL 107Physical Geology 14
GEOL 208History of the Earth System4
CHEM 102General Chemistry I3
CHEM 103General Chemistry Lab I1
Select one of the following MATH courses: 24-5
Calculus
Calculus I
Calculus for Business I
Additional requirements beyond the core requirements:
CHEM 104General Chemistry II3
CHEM 105General Chemistry Lab II1
PHYS 101College Physics: Mech & Heat4-5
or PHYS 211 University Physics: Mechanics
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
Three to four hours of advanced Geology or cognate science elective 3-4