Degree Requirements

2015 - 2016 Catalog

The Geology department has the following degrees:

Geology major leading to BA degree

A major in geology leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree is recommended for students interested in careers outside of science, including business, law, or policy and requires 36 credits as follows:

  1. One course chosen from GEOL 100, 101, or 105
  2. At least 21 credits in geology at the 200 or 300 level and at least 3 credits at the 300 level, distributed as follows. (Courses may be used to meet more than one requirement in this category.)
    1. Field skills: one course chosen from GEOL 230, 231, 275
    2. Solid earth: one course chosen from GEOL 211, 250, 275, 360
    3. Hydrosphere/biosphere/atmosphere: one course chosen from GEOL 141, 205, 311
    4. Surface processes: one course chosen from GEOL 240, 247, 330
    5. Two lab courses chosen from GEOL 211, 240, 247, 250, 311, 330
  3. Additional courses chosen from Engineering; Geology; Mathematics; BIOL 105 or higher; CHEM 110; CHEM 165 or higher; CSCI 111 or higher; INTR 202; PHYS 111 or higher
  1. One course chosen from:
  2. At least 21 credits in geology at the 200 or 300 level and at least 3 credits at the 300 level, distributed as follows.
  3. (Courses may be used to meet more than one requirement in this category.)

  4. Additional courses chosen from:
    • Engineering
    • Geology
    • Mathematics
    • BIOL 105 or higher
    • CHEM 110; CHEM 165 or higher
    • CSCI 111 or higher
    • INTR 202
    • PHYS 111 or higher

Geology major leading to BS degree

A major in geology leading to a Bachelor of Science degree is recommended for students pursuing graduate school or employment in geology and consists of at least 57 credits as follows:

  1. One course chosen from GEOL 100, 101, or 105
  2. CHEM 110, MATH 101, PHYS 111/113
  3. At least 8 additional credits chosen from BIOL 111/113; BIOL 210 or higher; CHEM 165; CHEM 211 or higher; PHYS 112/114; PHYS 202 or higher
  4. One course chosen from CSCI 121, GEOL 260, INTR 202, or MATH 102 or higher
  5. At least 24 credits in geology at the 200 or 300 level and at least 7 credits at the 300 level, distributed as follows. (Courses may be used to meet more than one requirement in this category.)
    1. Field skills: one course chosen from GEOL 230, 231, 275
    2. Solid earth: one course chosen from GEOL 211, 250, 275, 360
    3. Hydrosphere/biosphere/atmosphere: one course chosen from GEOL 141, 205, 311
    4. Surface processes: one course chosen from GEOL 240, 247, 330
    5. Two lab courses chosen from GEOL 211, 240, 247, 250
    6. One lab course chosen from GEOL 311, 330
  6. Thesis: at least four credits from either GEOL 472(2-2) or GEOL 493(3-3)
  7. Additional credits chosen from Engineering; Geology; Mathematics; BIOL 111/113; BIOL 140: BIOL 210 or higher; CHEM 106; CHEM 156; CHEM 165 or higher; CSCI 112 or higher; PHYS 133; PHYS 150 or higher
  8. A comprehensive examination in geology.
  1. One course chosen from:
  2. Additional required courses:
  3. At least 8 additional credits chosen from:
  4. One course chosen from:
  5. At least 24 credits in geology at the 200 or 300 level and at least 7 credits at the 300 level, distributed as follows.
  6. (Courses may be used to meet more than one requirement in this category.)

  7. Thesis:
  8. at least four credits from either:

  9. Additional credits chosen from:
  10. A comprehensive examination in geology.