Geology Program Requirements



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Faculty

  • David Goldsmith 
  • Tiffany Rivera (Co-Chair)
  • Nick Pollock (Co-Chair)

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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 College 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
GEOL 210  Historical Geology 4 GEOL 107 or GEOL 111
GEOL 214 Sedimentology & 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    
III. Upper Division Geology Courses 18  
GEOL 301 Earth Materials II: Petrology  4 GEOL 201, CHEM 111
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
IV. Electives 8  

Students must take an additional eight credits in geology, including at least one course at the 400 level.

V. 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

or

PHYS 211

Principles of Physics I 

or

Physics for Scientists  and Engineers I

4 MATH 144

PHYS 152

or

PHYS 212

Principles of Physics II 

or

Physics for Scientists  and Engineers II

4 PHYS 151 or PHYS 211
Total Hours for the Geology Major 76  

Recommended Plan of Study for Geology

Geology Minor

Requirement Description Credit Hours Prerequisites
I. Required Geology Courses 14  
GEOL 201 Earth Materials I: Mineralogy 4

GEOL 107 or 111

Co-requisite: GEOL 201L

GEOL 210 Historical Geology 4 GEOL 107 or GEOL 111
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  
II. Electives 10  

Students wishing to complete a minor must take an additional ten credits in Geology, at least four of which are at the 300 level.

Total Hours for the Geology Minor 24