Geochemistry Program

Geochemistry is the application of the principles of chemistry to Earth and planetary sciences. This discipline has enjoyed a remarkable flowering in the past three decades, principally because of the increased capabilities brought about by advances in instrumentation and technology. Among materials investigated by geochemists are living systems, fossil flora and fauna, petroleum, natural gas, coal, rocks of sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic origin, ore deposits, lunar rocks, and meteorites.

Employment opportunities are as diverse as the subject matter of geochemistry. Geochemists are employed in mineral resource industries, Earth and space sciences, environmental sciences, and several branches of chemical science and technology.

The Geochemistry Program offers students several alternatives. While the primary goal of the program is academic, the background of chemistry and geology prescribed permits students to continue their geochemical education at the graduate level or to engage in suitably oriented employment. Alternatively, with judiciously selected electives, students may pursue graduate training in either chemistry or geology, or may earn certification for teaching earth science and chemistry at the secondary school level.


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General Requirements for the B.S. Degree in GEOCHEMISTRY:

General College Program (core courses) = 36 hours
Geosciences courses = 27
Chemistry courses = 29
Mathematics and Computer courses = 11
Physics courses = 10
Electives = 14

Minimum total = 120 hours for graduation

Specific Requirements for the B.S. Degree in GEOCHEMISTRY:

Hour(s)
3..........GEO 165 Geology I
1..........GEO 169 General Geology Laboratory
3..........GEO 210 Geology II
4..........GEO 411 Mineralogy
4..........GEO 421 Petrology
3..........GEO 431 Geochemistry
1 or 2...GEO 459 Seminar in Geosciences (or CHEM 495-496)
8..........Two GEO 3xx/4xx Geology Electives with LABS
4..........MATH 122 University Calculus I
4..........MATH 123 University Calculus II
4..........CHEM 115/125 General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 116/126 General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 215/225 Organic Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 216/226 Organic Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
(1)........CHEM 290 Introduction to Research (recommended)
4..........CHEM 315/325 Physical Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 317/327 Analytical Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
5..........CHEM 318/328 Analytical Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
5..........PHYS 230/232 University Physics I (lecture and lab)
5..........PHYS 231/233 University Physics II (lecture and lab)

A course in STATISTICS at the 200 level or higher, OR a course in Computer Science with Programming

Writing Intensive requirement can be fulfilled by taking CHEM 225, 226, and 290 (in addition to GEO 421)

 
 

 


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