Geology Major, Bachelor of Science (BS)

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The Bachelor of Science program prepares students for careers as professional geologists, provides the basis for admission to graduate school and prepares students seeking registration and licensing as professional geologists. Some courses in the BS degree will also count as Natural Science GECRs and satisfy the university proficiency in mathematics requirement.

Required Courses
GEOL 120PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - THE SOLID EARTH5
GEOL 121PHYSICAL GEOLOGY - SURFICIAL PROCESSES5
GEOL 122HISTORICAL GEOLOGY5
GEOL 311EARTH MATERIALS4
GEOL 312CRYSTALLOGRAPHY AND OPTICAL MINERALOGY4
GEOL 313IGNEOUS AND METAMORPHIC PETROLOGY4
GEOL 408INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY4
GEOL 411SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY4
GEOL 430STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY I4
GEOL 431STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY II4
GEOL 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP10
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 151GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 152GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 153GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
GEOG 323GIS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES3
MATH 161CALCULUS I5
MATH 162CALCULUS II5
or MATH 380 ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
Choose one of the following sequences15
BIOLOGY I
BIOLOGY II
BIOLOGY III
or
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS II
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS III
MECHANICS LABORATORY
HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY
INSTRUMENTATION LAB I
or
GENERAL PHYSICS I
GENERAL PHYSICS II
GENERAL PHYSICS III
MECHANICS LABORATORY
HEAT AND OPTICS LABORATORY
INSTRUMENTATION LAB I
Electives–select credits from Geology courses, eight of which must be upper-division.12
Total Credits108

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills necessary for employment in the various fields of geology;
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills to solve geological problems encountered in the various fields of geology;
  • use the tools and equipment available to professional geologists to solve geological problems;
  • demonstrate a solid understanding of geologic principles and processes that operate in the complex systems of the earth.