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2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Geology, BS

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I. Introduction

The mission of the Geology Program is to provide integrated and process-oriented curricula, based on fundamental scientific principles and processes that enable graduates to pursue challenging careers and maintain lifelong learning. The Geology Program is designed to serve students majoring in geology and environmental science as well as students in other fields who are interested in adding to their knowledge of the Earth. Support is also provided for students preparing to earn certification for teaching at the K-12 level, and interested non-science majors. Members of the geoscience faculty provide majors with a broad overview of geologic processes while offering the opportunity to pursue specialized knowledge in selected areas of geoscience in preparation for graduate study and careers in government, industry, or academia.

Students can earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology by following the degree plan for geology majors as described below. Students considering certification for 4-8 level science teaching should consult the Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (SMTE) section of this catalog. In addition to COSC 1315  and COSC 1325 , Geology majors may apply any of the following courses to satisfy the university computer literacy requirement: PHYS 1401 , PHYS 1402 , PHYS 2425 , and PHYS 2426 .

Student learning outcomes

Students will:

  • show competence in scientific inquiry, writing, and oral presentation;
  • demonstrate a broad understanding of major concepts central to the geological sciences;
  • demonstrate competency and be able to apply field and laboratory methods, perform data analysis, and utilize computer applications relevant to the geological sciences;
  • be employable in geology-related fields, or able to continue their education in graduate programs;
  • be able to evaluate and critically discuss issues related to geology that impact society.

Geology Major

The minimum requirement for a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology is a total of 120 hours, divided among the following areas:

  Sem. Hrs

 I.       University Core

             (and First-Year Seminars)

II.     Supporting Courses
III.    Geology Core
IV.    Electives





  Total 120 (122)


I. University Core and First-Year Seminars

See catalog section on University Core Curriculum Programs  42 Sem. Hrs.*

Please consult the faculty advisor for specific details.

Full-time first-year students must take


*Students majoring in geology should take Calculus I to fulfill the mathematics requirement of the Core Curriculum Program.

II. Supporting Courses

 Supporting courses may not be taken on a pass/no pass (P/NP) basis.

Total: 14-26


**Twelve of these hours may be used to fulfill the University Core Curriculum science and mathematics requirements. In that case, the lesser total shown does not include the 12 hours applied to the core. The additional one hour laboratory components will be counted in the supporting courses.

Total: 42

IV. Additional Electives

Additional upper-level courses selected in consultation with a student’s faculty mentor. Electives may be from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Geographic Information Science, Geology, Mathematics, Physics, or other appropriate areas.

In addition to the upper-level course electives listed above, it is highly recommend that students planning on attending graduate school upon graduation take additional math courses (e.g. MATH 2414) required by many graduate programs.

Total: 7

Optional Minor in Another Subject

Geology majors may choose to complete a minor in an approved subject. Course requirements for the minor involve at least 18 semester hours, and the content is specified by faculty in the minor field. Minors in biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, geographic information science, and mathematics are generally appropriate for geology majors. Minors in other disciplines or combination minors may be arranged in consultation with the academic advisor.

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