College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Geology : Major Requirements

Studying geology helps students to gain an appreciation for their planet, its history, and the processes which operate within it. Students may select courses for enjoyment, choose courses in conjunction with other studies, or take courses in preparation for careers in geology. The major provides a background useful for employment or further studies in geology or a related field such as environmental studies, physical geography, planning, engineering, law or business.

Three tracks are available to geology majors:

General Geology Track
At least one introductory course from the following ( [ ] designates credits hours):
GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth [4]
GEOL 103 Earthquakes and Volcanoes [4]
GEOL 104 Earth and Life Through Time [4]
GEOL 105 Environmental Geology [4]
GEOL 106 Elementary Oceanography [4]

All of the following:
GEOL 201 Surficial Geology [4]
GEOL 206 Fieldcraft -Outdoor Proficiency [4]
or an approved Field Camp at another institution
GEOL 301 Structural Geology [4]
GEOL 302 Mineralogy and Petrology [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology [4]
or ENVS 351 Biogeochemistry [4]
ENVS 205 Data Analysis [4]
ENVS 220 Introductory GIS [4]

Electives: At least 8 credit hours from the following:
GEOL 307 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation [4]
GEOL 408 Tectonics [4]
GEOL 414 Geophysics [4]
GEOL 424 Clay Mineralogy [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology [4]
ENVS 320 Advanced GIS [4]
ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry [4]

Non-introductory courses in Chemistry, Physics, and/or Ceramic Engineering/Material Science may also be counted toward the Geology major with permission from the Division Chair.

Earth Science Education Track
At least one introductory course from the following ( [ ] designates credits hours):
GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth [4]
GEOL 103 Earthquakes and Volcanoes [4]
GEOL 104 Earth and Life Through Time [4]
GEOL 105 Environmental Geology [4]
GEOL 106 Elementary Oceanography [4]

All of the following:
GEOL 201 Surficial Geology [4]
GEOL 206 Fieldcraft -Outdoor Proficiency [4]
or an approved Field Camp at another institution
GEOL 301 Structural Geology [4]
GEOL 302 Mineralogy and Petrology [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology [4]
or ENVS 351 Biogeochemistry [4]
MATH 102 Mathematics for K-6 Teachers [4]

Electives: At least 8 credit hours from the following:
GEOL 307 Stratigraphy and Sedimentation [4]
GEOL 408 Tectonics [4]
GEOL 414 Geophysics [4]
GEOL 424 Clay Mineralogy [3]
GEOL 440 Glacial Geology [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology (counts as an elective only if not counted above) [4]
ENVS 220 Introductory GIS [4]
ENVS 320 Advanced GIS [4]
ENVS 351 Environmental Biogeochemistry (counts as an elective only if not counted above) [4]
SCI 110 Weather Elements [2]
ASTR 103 Intro to Astronomy [4]
ASTR 107 Astronomy Lab [2]

Planetary Geology Track
At least one introductory course from the following:
GEOL 101 This Dynamic Earth [4]
GEOL 103 Earthquakes and Volcanoes [4]
GEOL 104 Earth and Life Through Time [4]
GEOL 105 Environmental Geology [4]
GEOL 106 Elementary Oceanography [4]

All of the following:
GEOL 201 Surficial Geology [4]
GEOL 301 Structural Geology [4]
GEOL 302 Mineralogy and Petrology [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology [4]
or ENVS 351 Biogeochemistry [4]
MATH 151 Calculus I [4]
MATH 152 Calculus II [4]
ASTR 302 Planetary Science [4]
CHEM 105 General Chemistry I [4]
CHEM 106 General Chemistry II [4]

Electives: At least 8 credit hours from the following:
GEOL 408 Tectonics [4]
GEOL 414 Geophysics [4]
GEOL 464 Hydrogeology (counts as elective if not counted above) [4]
CHEM 343 Physical Chemistry I [4]
CHEM 346 Physical Chemistry II [4]
MECH 241 Mechanics of Materials [4]
CEMS 235 Thermodynamics of Materials [4]

Non-introductory courses in Chemistry, Physics, and/or Ceramic Engineering/Material Science may also be counted toward the Geology major with permission from the Division Chair.

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