Geology

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Faculty: David Goldsmith, Tiffany Rivera, Dan Byrne

Geology Courses

Program Goals

  • Critical Thinking
    • Ability to synthesize multiple lines of evidence and multiple sources of data to support geologic hypotheses
    • Ability to use an Earth Systems perspective to integrate understanding of geologic processes across disciplines
  • Creativity
    • Ability to evaluate data necessary to answer a particular question
    • Ability to think and extrapolate across a broad range of temporal and dimensional scales
  • Collaboration
    • Ability to work collaboratively to break a complex problem into simpler, individually achievable tasks
    • Ability to work together constructively in challenging field environments
  • Communication
    • Ability to explain geologic information at a level appropriate to the audience
    • Ability to read and understand the geologic literature and to create original research reports
    • Ability to communicate scientific information through verbal and written presentation of data, graphics, and maps.
  • Global Responsibility
    • Ability to assess the effects of human activity on the natural environment
    • Ability to bring a geologic perspective to discussions of social issues

 

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
  • WCore or Honors requirements

For course prerequisites, please refer to the course descriptions.

 

Geology Major

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. World Language Requirement 8  
The student must complete eight credit hours in a single world language.    
II. Lower Division Geology Courses 18  
GEOL 201 Earth Materials I: Mineralogy (4)   GEOL 107 or 111
Co-requisite: GEOL 201L and CHEM 111
GEOL 210 Historical Geology (4)   GEOL 107 or GEOL 111
GEOL 214 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)   GEOL 107 or 111
Co-requisite: GEOL 214L
GEOL 260 Geoliteracy (2)   GEOL 107 or 111
Choose one of the following courses:    
  • GEOL 107 Geology of the American West (4)
  • GEOL 111 National Parks Geology (4)
   
III. Upper Division Geology Courses 18  
GEOL 301 Earth Materials II: Petrology (4)   GEOL 201
Co-requisite: GEOL 301L
GEOL 310 Structural Geology and Tectonics (4)  

GEOL 107 or 111
Pre or co-requisite: GEOL 425 and PHYS 152 or PHYS 212

GEOL 315 Principles of Paleontology (4)    
GEOL 360 Field Geology (6)   GEOL 214, GEOL 301, GEOL 310, and GEOL 107 or 111
Electives 8  
Students must take an additional eight credits in geology, including at least one course at the 400 level.    
Required Courses from Other Programs 24  
CHEM 111 Principles of Chemistry I (4)   Pre or co-requisite: MATH 144 or MATH 143
CHEM 112 Principles of Chemistry II (4)   CHEM 111
MATH 201 Calculus I (4)   MATH 144
MATH 202 Calculus II (4)   MATH 201
PHYS 151 Principles of Physics I (4) or PHYS 211 Physics for Scientists  and Engineers I (4)   MATH 144
PHYS 152 Principles of Physics II (4) or PHYS 212 Physics for Scientists and Engineers II (4)   PHYS 151 or PHYS 211
TOTAL HOURS FOR GEOLOGY MAJOR 76  

 

Recommended Plan of Study for Geology

  Fall Semester Spring Semester
Freshman Year Geology Learning Community
CHEM 111
MATH 201
CHEM 112
MATH 202
GEOL 210
GEOL 260
Sophomore Year GEOL 201
PHYS 151
GEOL 301
GEOL 214
PHYS 152
Junior Year GEOL 315
DATA 220 (recommended for students
considering graduate school)
GEOL 310
GEOL 360 (summer)
GEOL Electives
Senior Year GEOL Electives GEOL Electives

 

Geology Minor

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Geology Courses 18  
GEOL 201 Earth Materials I: Mineralogy (4)   GEOL 107 or 111
Co-requisite: GEOL 201L and CHEM 111
GEOL 210 Historical Geology (4)   GEOL 107 or GEOL 111
GEOL 214 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (4)   GEOL 107 or 111
Co-requisite: GEOL 214L
GEOL 260 Geoliteracy (2)   GEOL 107 or 111
GEOL 301 Earth Materials II: Petrology (4)   GEOL 201
Co-requisite: GEOL 301L
Choose one of the following courses:    
  • GEOL 107 Geology of the American West (4)
  • GEOL 111 National Parks Geology (4)
   
Electives 4  
Students wishing to complete a minor must take an additional four credits in Geology.    
TOTAL HOURS FOR GEOLOGY MINOR 26