Geology: Earth & Environmental Sciences, BSLAS

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


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), Earth & Environmental Sciences Concentration


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: Normally equates to 43 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
Courses beyond the core requirements
ATMS 140Climate and Global Change3
or GEOL 118 Natural Disasters
GEOL 333Earth Materials and the Env4
or GEOL 432 Mineralogy and Mineral Optics
GEOL 380Environmental Geology4
Ten to twelve hours of additional advanced geology courses 10-12
Six to eight hours Environmental Studies electives. (see Geology advisor for list of approved courses)6-8