Geology Major, Bachelor of Arts (BA)

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The Bachelor of Arts serves students interested in geology-oriented fields which do not require the full range of professional training. Employment opportunities include such varied possibilities as park naturalist, urban and regional planner or geological technician.

Note: two years of a single high school foreign language or one year of a single college level foreign language is required.

Note: GEOL grade requirements are ≥2.50 cumulative average and ≥2.0 in required supporting and geology classes.

Note: enrollment in GEOL 120 and GEOL 121 requires a major declaration in Geology.

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 490SENIOR CAPSTONE: GEOLOGY FIELD CAMP4-10
or GEOL 490A SENIOR CAPSTONE: WATER AND THE WEST, WATER RESOURCE ENGINEERING IN ARID LANDS
or GEOL 491 SENIOR THESIS
Required Supporting Courses
CHEM 151GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
CHEM 152GENERAL CHEMISTRY5
Choose one from the following5
BIOLOGY I
GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYSTEMS I
GEOMORPHOLOGY
CALCULUS I
ELEMENTARY PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS
INTRODUCTORY PHYSICS I
and MECHANICS LABORATORY
Electives20
A GEOL field course may be selected in consultation with department advisor.
ENVIRONMENTAL GEOLOGY
GEOLOGIC HAZARDS
INVERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY
SEDIMENTOLOGY AND STRATIGRAPHY
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY I
STRUCTURAL GEOLOGY II
HYDROGEOLOGY
Total Credits66-72

For information on General Education, see Undergraduate Degree .

Student Learning Outcomes—students will

  • demonstrate effective skills in oral and written communication in order to be successful in the field of geology;
  • demonstrate an understanding of basic principles of the history and development of the earth through time;
  • demonstrate the proper use of computer, laboratory and field equipment used in geology.