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 attain 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, physics, and biology, and effective oral and written communication skills including computer literacy.

Requirements for a B.S. degree in Geology: Catalogue Year 2010-2011

Requirements for a Major in Geology for the B.S. Degree: 59-66 hours. GLY 101, 132, 201, 310, 431, 441. In addition to these core courses, students must complete one of the options below.

Option 1: Academic: 64-66 hours. In addition to the B.S. core, GLY 390, 470; 10 hours of GLY electives selected from courses above the 299 level; CHM 101, 102; MAT 151, 152 or MAT 161, 162; PHY 101, 102 or PHY 201, 202.

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.

Option 2: Professional: 59-62 hours. In addition to the B.S. core, GGY 328; 390, 426, 465, 470 or 498 (total of 6 hours); 10 hours of GLY electives selected from courses above the 299 level; CHM 101; MAT 111, 112 or 115 or STT 215 or GGY 222.

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.

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.

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 431.

Applied Learning Requirement: For the B.S. degree in geology, completion of either GLY 470 or GLY 498 (6 hours).

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:

  • critically read,
  • logically evaluate, and
  • effectively communicate geological data, problems, and issues  

3:  Students should be able to identify and describe:

  • Common rocks and minerals
  • Processes that form and later basic Earth Materials
  • Key events in the evolution of the Earth

4:  Students must

  • analyze and interpret geological data in both laboratory and field settings,
  • apply practical methods and techniques, and
  • integrate their knowledge of mathematics and other natural sciences to evaluate arguments, and solve problems

 

Department of Geography and Geology Course Descriptions


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