Students may choose to major in Geology for the degree of Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts.

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts in Geology both prepare students for professional employment. The Bachelor of Science degree also prepares students for graduate study in geology and related fields. The dominant fields of employment include:

  • environmental geology
  • engineering geology
  • hydrogeology
  • geophysics
  • government compliance and regulation
  • mining
  • petroleum geology
  • other fields within the energy industry

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts degrees in Geology can be completed in eight semesters if students average 16 hours of coursework per semester.

For more information, visit the Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 72 s.h. of core and elective courses.

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First Year Experience3
Major Requirements
GEOL 1505
1505L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
4
ENST 2600
2600L
Foundations of Environmental Studies
and Foundations of Environmental Studies Laboratory
4
GEOL 2605Historical Geology4
GEOL 3700Mineralogy4
GEOL 3701Geomorphology3
GEOL 3704
3704L
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Laboratory
3
GEOL 3718Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology4
GEOL 3750Geoscience Seminar1
GEOL 5802Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Capstone course)3
MATH 1570Applied Calculus 14
Electives
Science Electives I:
Select a minimum of 18 s.h. from the following:18
Moon and Planets
General Biology: Molecules and Cells
and General Biology: Molecules and Cells Laboratory
General Biology: Organisms and Ecology
and General Biology: Organisms and Ecology Laboratory
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Weather
Applied Calculus 2
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
Introduction to Oceanography
Geology and the Environment 1
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
Statistical Methods
Science Electives II:
Select a minimum of 20 s.h. from the following:20
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Lab
Glacial Geology
Geology of Economic Mineral Deposits
Subsurface Investigations
Principles of Paleontology
Environmental Impact of Abandoned Mines
Field Investigations in Geology
Water Quality Analysis
and Water Quality Analysis Lab
Environmental Research
Environmental Sampling Methods
Ground Water
Tectonics
Geophysical Well Log Analysis
Special Topics
GEOL 48XX Geology Field Camp (4 s.h. minimum)
Special Problems in Geology
Environmental Safety
Geographic Information Science 1
Geographic Information Science 2
Groundwater Resource Evaluation
Geology and the Environment 2
Environmental Geochemistry
Environmental Regulations
Total Prescribed Semester Hours: 108-111 s.h.
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
GEOL 1505
1505L
Physical Geology
and Physical Geology Laboratory
4
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
CHEM 1515
1515L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
GER Arts and Humanities Elective 3
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar 1
 Semester Hours15
Spring
GEOL 2605 Historical Geology 4
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
CHEM 1516
1516L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
GEOG 2626 World Geography 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 2
Fall
GEOL 3700 Mineralogy 4
MATH 1570 Applied Calculus 1 4
GEOG 5810 Geographic Information Science 1 3
ENST 2600
2600L
Foundations of Environmental Studies
and Foundations of Environmental Studies Laboratory
4
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar (Optional) 1
 Semester Hours16
Spring
GEOL 3718 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology 4
Science Elective II 3-5
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
Science Elective I 3-5
Science Elective I 3-5
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
GEOL 3701 Geomorphology 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
GER Social Science Elective 3
GEOL/ENST 3700+ Science Elective II 3-4
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar (Optional) 1
Science Elective I 3-5
 Semester Hours17
Spring
GEOL 3704
3704L
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Laboratory
3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
GER Arts and Humanities 3
GEOL/ENST Science Elective II 3-4
ENST 5810 Environmental Safety 1
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
Fall
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar (Optional) 1
GER Social Personal Awareness 3
GEOL/ENST 3700+ Science Elective II 3-4
GEOL/ENST 3700+ Science Elective II 3-4
Elective Course 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
GEOL 5802 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy (Capstone Course) 3
Science Elective I 3-5
GEOL/ENST 3700+ Science Elective II 3-4
PHIL 2631 Environmental Ethics (GER Social and Personal Awareness) 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours123

Request a Graduation Evaluation after completing 80-85 s.h. from the STEM Advising Center, 2325 Moser Hall, (330) 941-2512.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Geology are as follows:

  •  Communicate effectively using the language, concepts, and models of geology in written, visual, and numerical formats.
  •  Properly apply the scientific method to research a geologic problem and formulate conclusions.
  •  Demonstrate ability to apply appropriate field- and laboratory-based methods (of acquiring, quantitatively and qualitatively analyzing, and interpreting geologic data and information).
  •  Demonstrate understanding of plate tectonics regarding the petrologic, stratigraphic, and structural evolution of continents and oceans.