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Geology Program

The B.S. Geology degree is intended primarily for students planning to pursue GEOLOGY as a profession. It requires the necessary courses in geology, mathematics, and allied sciences to prepare a student for undertaking employment or graduate study in geology. It is also appropriate for students who desire a liberal arts education with an emphasis on geology.

There are two major aspects of geology: how the earth operates as a dynamic system today (physical geology), and its evolution as a planet (historical geology). Geologists study the processes and forces which mold the surfaces of the earth as well as those which account for interior structures of the crust and deeper zones (mantle and core) of the planet. Some geologists are concerned with the reconstruction of, and sequencing of, important past Earth events involving plate motion, paleoclimatic changes, and the evolutionary record of ancient organisms. Modern geologists not only study earth materials and features directly in the field, but also study them by remote sensing from satellites and by using geophysical and geochemical exploration techniques. In the laboratory they analyze earth materials physically and chemically. Experiments on rock synthesis, deformation, and destruction constitute an important part of the field.

Geologists are employed in a wide spectrum of activities. Dwindling energy, mineral, and water resources and increasedenvironmental concerns present challenges to those qualified to deal with them. Most geologists are employed by private industry -- in petroleum, mining, cement, ceramic,sand and gravel, and engineering firms, among others. The federal government employs geologists in the United States Geological Survey,Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, Bureau of Mines, Forest Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Many geologists work for the 50 state geological surveys. Colleges and universities employ geologists in teaching and/or researchpositions. Many geologists are self-employed, often working as consultants.

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

Geosciences courses = 38-39
Math courses = 12-14
Chemistry courses = 8
Physics courses = 8-10

Minimum total = 120 hours for graduation

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

3..........GEO 165 Geology I
1..........GEO 169 General Geology Laboratory
3..........GEO 210 Geology II
4..........GEO 370 Structural Geology
4..........GEO 411 Mineralogy
4..........GEO 421 Petrology
1..........GEO 459 Seminar in Geosciences
3..........GEO 461 Field Geology
15-16....GEO 3xx/4xx GEO courses with LABS, one of which may include a course in GIS (excludes internship, lab
supervision, and no more than 2 hours of directed study)
4 or 3....MATH 122 University Calculus I, or MATH 120 Survey of Calculus I
4 or 3....MATH 123 University Calculus II, or Math 121 Survey of Calulus II
4..........CHEM 115/125 General Chemistry I (lecture and lab)
4..........CHEM 116/126 General Chemistry II (lecture and lab)
5 or 4....PHYS 230/232 University Physics I (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 121/123 College Physics I (lecture and lab)
5 or 4....PHYS 231/233 University Physics II (lecture and lab)
OR PHYS 122/124 College Physics II (lecture and lab)
3..........A course in STATISTICS, 200-level or above

Writing Intensive courses. Fulfilled by taking any one of
GEO 330, 335, 400, in addition to required GEO 421 and 370. These courses can also be used to partially fulfill 3xx/4xx (upper level) elective requirements (see above)


Includes B.S. Geology core program described above, but with the following stipulations for GEO 3XX/4XX electives: 16 credit hours to include GEO 471 Senior Thesis and MATH 250 Statistics for the Sciences. Highly recommended courses are GEO 445 Internship (up to 4 hours) and GIS courses (up to 6 hours).

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