Geology (GEOL)

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Faculty: David Goldsmith (Chair)

Program Goals

  • To identify the major materials that comprise the earth and describe their origins and significance.
  • To understand and explain the major internal and surficial processes that act on the earth.
  • To be able to infer the action of past geological processes from maps, outcrops, and other data sources.
  • To use the techniques and methods used by geologists to obtain geological data.
  • To understand the large-scale history of the earth and the evidentiary basis that allows geologists to know that history.
  • To understand the specific geological history of the state of Utah and the Southwestern United States.
  • To be able to read peer-reviewed geologic literature and to communicate their own research.
  • To understand and be able to explain the interactions between geologic processes and human activity.

Objectives

The Geology program offers a Bachelor of Science degree for students interested in understanding the earth. The degree incorporates a diversity of both perspectives and methods.  Classes incorporate lecture, lab, and fieldwork to study our planet’s physical, chemical, and biological history.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum 2.3 GPA in all courses required for the major.

Students must meet the college-wide graduation requirements in addition to the Geology major:

  • 124 total hours
  • 30 upper division hours
  • Liberal education distribution

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course descriptions.

Academic Major

  Credit Hours Prerequisites
Liberal Education Courses
The Life Sciences and Physical Sciences LE requirements are fulfilled by meeting major requirements.
Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Foreign Language Requirement 8
The student must complete eight credit hours in a single foreign language.
II. Lower Division Geology Courses 15
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology (3)
GEOL 201 Mineralogy (4) GEOL 110
GEOL 202 Petrology (4) GEOL 201
GEOL 214 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
III. Upper Division Geology Courses 17
GEOL 310 Structural Geology and Tectonics (4) GEOL 110, PHYS 152/212
GEOL 315 Principles of Paleontology (4) BIOL 202
GEOL 360 Field Geology (6) GEOL 110, GEOL 202, GEOL 214, GEOL 310
GEOL 401 Senior Seminar (3) GEOL 110, GEOL 202, GEOL 214, GEOL 310, GEOL 315 or consent of the instructor.
Electives 9–12
Students must take an additional three courses in geology, at least one of which must be at the 400 level.
Required Courses from Other Programs 28
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4) co-requisite: MATH 141 or equivalent
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II (4) co-requisite: MATH 141 or equivalent
MATH 201 Calculus I (4) MATH 142 or consent of instructor
MATH 202 Calculus II (4) MATH 201 or 201B or placement test
PHYS 151/211 Principles of Physics I or Physics for Scientists I (4) MATH 141–142
PHYS 152/212 Principles of Physics II or Physics for Scientists II (4) MATH 141–142
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MAJOR 7376

Recommended Plan of Study for Geology

Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year GEOL 110
CHEM 111
MATH 201


CHEM 112
MATH 202
LE Courses


Sophomore Year GEOL 201
GEOL 214
PHYS 151


GEOL 202
BIOL 202
PHYS 152


Junior Year GEOL 310
MATH 150 (recommended for students
considering graduate school)
LE Courses


GEOL 315
GEOL 360 (summer)
LE Courses
GEOL Electives


Senior Year GEOL 401
GEOL Electives
GEOL Electives

 


Academic Minor

Requirement Description
Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Lower Division Geology Courses 15
GEOL 110 Introduction to Geology (3)
GEOL 201 Mineralogy (4) GEOL 110, CHEM 111 maybe be taken concurrently
GEOL 202 Petrology (4) GEOL 201
GEOL 214 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)
Electives 6–8
Students wishing to complete a minor must take an additional two courses in Geology.
TOTAL HOURS FOR THE ACADEMIC MINOR 2123