Bachelor of Science in Geology

Sand Dunes National MonumentThe B.S. degree in geology focuses on scientific study of Earth; common rocks and minerals, processes that form and alter basic Earth materials, and key events in the geologic evolution of the planet. Specifically, the B.S. in geology is designed for students intending to pursue advanced studies in geology or who intend to pursue licensure as a professional geologist. Because geology continues to become more integrative, technical and global in its approach, the B.S. in geology program encourages students to develop basic proficiencies in mathematics, chemistry, and physics in addition to effective oral and written communication skills including computer literacy.

 

 

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Geology: Catalogue Year 2014-2015

 

Requirements for a Major in Geology for the B.S. Degree:


  • GLY 101 - Principles of Geology
  • GLY 132 - The Earth Through Time
  • GLY 201 - Mineralogy
  • GLY 310 - General Petrology
  • GLY 331 - Sedimentology and Stratigraphy
  • GLY 441 - Structural Geology
  • GLY 495 - Senior Seminar

Options:


In addition to these core courses, students must complete one of the options below.

Option 1: Academic:


This option is designed for students intending to pursue advanced or graduate studies. Electives in this option should be chosen to complement the student‘s expected areas of advanced study, and might include course work in other disciplines such as biology, chemistry, geography, or physics.

In addition to the B.S. core,

  • GLY 390 - Field Methods in Geosciences
  • GLY 470 - Field Course in Geology
  • GLY 471 - Techniques in Applied Geology
  • 10 hours of GLY electives selected from courses above the 299 level
  • CHM 101 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM 102 - General Chemistry II
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  • MAT 151 - Basic Calculus with Applications I
  • MAT 152 - Basic Calculus with Applications II
  • or

  • MAT 161 - Calculus with Analytical Geometry I
  • MAT 162 - Calculus with Analytical Geometry II
  •  

  • PHY 101 - Elementary College Physics I
  • PHY 102 - Elementary College Physics II
  • or

  • PHY 201 - General Physics I
  • PHY 202 - General Physics II
Total: 64-66 hours

Option 2: Professional:


This option is designed for students who intend to enter the job market after graduation and who intend to pursue licensure as a professional geologist. Elective courses should be chosen to complement the student‘s intended career path and might include courses from other disciplines such as geography and environmental studies.

In addition to the B.S. core,

  • GGY 328 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GLY 390 - Field Methods in Geosciences
  • GLY 426 - Geohydrology
  • GLY 465 - Introduction to Geophysics
  • GLY 470 - Field Course in Geology and
  • GLY 471 - Techniques in Applied Geology (total of 5 hours)
  • or

  • GLY 498 - Internship in Geology (total of 6 hours);
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  • 10 hours of GLY electives selected from courses above the 299 level
  • CHM 101 - General Chemistry I
  • MAT 111 - College Algebra
  • MAT 112 - Trigonometry
  • or

  • MAT 115 - Precalculus
  • or

  • STT 215 - Introduction to Statistics
  • or

  • GGY 222 - Quantitative Methods in Earth Sciences
Total: 59-63 hours

Total: 59-66 hours


Computer Requirement:


To satisfy the computer requirement for the B.S. degree in Geology, a student must successfully complete GLY 201 or GGY 328.

 

Oral Communication Requirement:


To satisfy the oral communication requirement for the B.S. degree in Geology, a student must successfully complete GLY 331.

 

Applied Learning Requirement:


To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.S. degree in Geology, a student must complete either GLY 470 and GLY 471 (total of 5 hours) or GLY 498 (6 hours).

 

 

Additional Information:


A “C” (2.00) or better average is required on all courses taken within the department and ‘C‘ (2.00) or better average on all required courses above the 199 level in the department.

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Geology (Catalogue link with course descriptions)

 

Student Learning Outcomes for the B.S. degree in Geology

1:  Students should understand and be able to apply the scientific method to geologic problems

2: Students should demonstrate the ability to:

3:  Students should be able to identify and describe:

4:  Students must

 

 


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