Major/Minor Requirements

Major Requirements

Core Courses

Students entering the geology major take the following courses to meet minimum department requirements for graduation with the Bachelor of Science degree in geology:

103. The Dynamic Earth OR
110. Environmental Geology AND
115. Oceanography
104. The Evolving Earth
203. Mineralogy
206. Invertebrate Paleontology
211. Geomorphology
216. Sedimentology
302. Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
350. Structural Geology
+ one elective at the 200-level or greater

Required Cognates

All majors (geology and Geology-Environmental Studies-Geology) are required to take a least one semester of the following courses: 1) chemistry (CHEM 103); 2) calculus (MATH 135); and 3) either physics (PHYS 151) or biology (BIOL 101).  It is highly recommended that the two-semester sequence of each be completed.

None of these required core courses will be accepted toward the major if taken pass/fail. Normally, 200-level courses are appropriate for sophomores, 300-level for juniors and 400-level for seniors. Attendance at department seminars is required of all majors.

Minor Requirements

Students with a general interest and who wish to have a basic understanding of the Earth and its processes, or who have a strong interest in a particular aspect of geology or earth science teaching and want to learn more about the subject, may minor in geology. There are several areas of potential concentration within geology, and the geology minor is designed so that it may serve the needs of the widest range of students. A minor in geology can expand a student’s background in support of a major in an allied science, environmental studies or economics, or in a major supporting interest in archaeology, photographic arts or global studies.

The minor can be designed to reflect general geology, or the courses may be grouped to focus on the history of life, surficial geology, bedrock geology, or environmental geology. A combination of the student’s own choosing, in consultation with the faculty, is encouraged. Several electives are available as options.

Geology 103, 104 and at least four additional courses at the 200 level or above are required in all cases.

For a list of all courses and descriptions go to the University catalog.