Students majoring in Geology may pursue the Bachelor of Science degree or the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts in Geology degrees 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.

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.

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

The Bachelor of Science degree requires the successful completion of a minimum of 74 s.h. of core and elective courses. These courses include a Geology capstone experience of Geology Field Camp which is normally completed during summer following the junior year. Alternatively, students may opt for an internship (STEM 4890 STEM Internship) experience or a Senior Thesis research experience (GEOL 4830 Senior Thesis).

COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Science6
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
(may be repeated up to four times)
GEOL 5802Sedimentology and Stratigraphy3
GEOG 5810Geographic Information Science 13
Capstone Experience
Select one of the following:4
GEOL 48XX Field Camp (4 s.h. minimum)
STEM Internship (4 s.h. maximum)
Senior Thesis
Electives
Select a minimum 8 s.h. of Geology courses, 12 s.h. total:12
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Lab
Glacial Geology
Geology of Economic Mineral Deposits
Subsurface Investigations
Principles of Paleontology
Environmental Impact of Abandoned Mines
Water Quality Analysis
and Water Quality Analysis Lab
Field Investigations in Geology
Environmental Research
Environmental Sampling Methods
Ground Water
Tectonics
Geophysical Well Log Analysis
Special Topics
Special Problems in Geology
Environmental Safety
Groundwater Resource Evaluation
Geographic Information Science 2
Geology and the Environment 2
Environmental Geochemistry
Environmental Regulations
Ancillary Science Courses
Select 25-26 s.h. from the following:25-26
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
Calculus 1
and Calculus 2
Statistical Methods
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
General Physics 1
and General Physics laboratory 1
General Physics 2
and General Physics laboratory 2
Total Prescribed Semester Hours: 113-114 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
GEOG 2611 Geospatial Foundations 3
 Semester Hours17
Year 2
Fall
GEOL 3700 Mineralogy 4
MATH 1571 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
STAT 3717
Statistical Methods
or Calculus 2
4
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 3
Fall
GEOL 3701 Geomorphology 3
PHYS 1501
1501L
Fundamentals of Physics 1
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 1
5
GER Social Sciene Elective 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar (Optional) 1
 Semester Hours15
Spring
GEOL 3704
3704L
Structural Geology
and Structural Geology Laboratory
3
PHYS 1502
1502L
Fundamentals of Physics 2
and Fundamentals of Physics Laboratory 2
4
GER Arts and Humanities 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
ENST 5810 Environmental Safety 1
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
Fall
GEOL 3750 Geoscience Seminar (Optional) 1
GER Social Personal Awareness 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Hours13
Spring
GEOL 5802 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
GEOL/ENST Upper Division Elective 3
PHIL 2631 Environmental Ethics (GER Social and Personal Awareness) 3
Elective Course 3
 Semester Hours15
 Total Semester Hours119
COURSETITLES.H.
Capstone Experience Options
GEOL 48XXGeology Field Camp: Preferred (Summer Junior or Senior Year) 4-6
STEM 4890STEM Internship (Optional (Summer Junior or Senior Year))4
GEOL 4830Senior Thesis (Restricted)4